A core set of PHN priorities have been set at a national level by the Federal Government. These priorities have been set and will be adjusted by the Commonwealth, as required. The key performance indicators (KPIs) for these priorities are used to measure the PHNs’ performance.

Together with our partners, key stakeholders, service providers and the community WAPHA and the PHNs will identify needs, gaps and commission solutions that align the following priorities and indicators.

Commonwealth national priority areas

The Australian Government has agreed to seven key priorities for targeted work by PHNs. These are:

  • Mental health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Population health
  • Health workforce
  • Digital health
  • Aged care
  • Alcohol and other drugs

National headline indicators

These indicators reflect the Australian Government priorities and were selected because of their alignment with the PHN objectives, availability of existing data sources, and the feasibility for PHNs to influence change. The national headline indicators include:

  • Potentially preventable hospitalisations;
  • Childhood immunisation rates;
  • Cancer screening rates (cervical, breast and bowel);
  • Mental health treatment rates (including children and adolescents).

The national headline indicators will be reviewed annually by the Department to ensure that they remain consistent with national priorities. National priorities are likely to be set over a number of years.

WAPHA’s strategic key performance indicators

WAPHA’s Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018 has identified the following key performance indicators that will measure the achievement of our vision to improve health equity in Western Australian.

  • Grow flexible funding base;
  • Decrease potentially preventable  hospitalisations;
  • Positively impact on the national KPI
  • Ensure program economic growth. achievements

PHN determined local indicators

In line with the Commonwealth’s PHN Performance Framework, which outlines the arrangements for monitoring, assessing and reporting on the PHNs performance, the PHNs are required to develop local indicators which acknowledge the unique context and primary health care needs of the PHN. The PHNs will work with their Area Health Services team to develop the local indicators. For each activity the PHN has identified in their Annual Plan, at least one local indicator must be allocated, which will measure the achievement of the intended outcomes.

Commissioning Priority Areas

From the Needs Assessment the following key priority areas will be the focus of our activities.

  • Keeping people well in the community.
  • System navigation and integration to help  people get the right services at the right  time and in the right place.
  • People with multiple morbidities especially chronic co-occurring physical  conditions, mental health conditions and drug and alcohol treatment needs.
  • Capable workforce tailored to these  priorities.
  • Services designed to meet the health  needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged  people, including those of Aboriginal  heritage.



WAPHA’s Commissioning Values Statement

Adopting a collective impact approach, WAPHA, as the backbone organisation, supports the Perth North, Perth South and the Country WA Primary Health Networks to facilitate changes to the health system that will achieve improved health outcomes and deliver better value to our community.

The PHN’s commissioning approach brings together key stakeholders, providers, community and other commissioning bodies, working to a common agenda to design and contract services to ensure the best possible health care outcomes for Western Australians.

As a Commissioner, the WA PHNs expects contracted providers to:

  • Share, and demonstrate alignment with, WAPHA’s values of:
    • Respect
    • Integrity
    • Courage
    • Humility
    • Wisdom
  • Deliver programs that focus on keeping people well in the community, ensuring that the programs: meet the agreed targeted population needs of the region;
    • align to WAPHA’s key strategic initiatives;
    • meet or exceed the agreed activities/outcomes; and
    • focus on place and consumer centric approaches to models of care;
  • Operate in a transparent and open way and facilitate ongoing sharing of information with the  PHN to continuously improve the patient experience; and
  • Monitor, evaluate and report program activities/outcomes, including consumer feedback.