Health planning

Needs Assessment

We undertake a comprehensive needs assessment to identify unmet health and healthcare needs for Western Australia.

Our Needs Assessment identifies key priorities to guide and inform our commissioning of community based treatment and support services.

The priorities identified are listed below:

  • Reduce and manage chronic disease.
  • Build workforce capacity to manage chronic disease and identify mental health and alcohol and other drug issues.
  • Promote integration and care coordination to improve chronic disease management.
  • Reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency department attendances.
  • Create pathways for clients with comorbid chronic conditions and mental health and alcohol and other drug issues.
  • Increase access to low and medium intensity mental health services.
  • Encourage community-based approaches to suicide prevention.
  • Increase access to drug and alcohol treatment services.
  • Promote community based early intervention and harm reduction to reduce harmful alcohol and other drug use.
  • Support the development of culturally appropriate, holistic and integrated approaches to Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

Primary Health Networks submit a Needs Assessment to the Commonwealth Department of Health.  The Needs Assessments identify unmet health and service needs and prioritise opportunities for planning and service delivery in primary health care.

For further information on the Need Assessment process and requirements please visit the Department of Health | Need Assessment Guide.

To provide feedback on the 2019 – 2022 Needs Assessments please complete the survey at

The 2019- 2022 Needs Assessments are available below:


You may also like to find out more about our Activity Work Plans

Activity Work Plans

Our work plans outline the activities we will deliver in response to the health and service needs of Western Australians.