We are responsible for planning, guiding and directing investment towards vital primary care services. We look system-wide at gaps and identify priorities, then link services, and fund care that is locally accessible.
WA Primary Health Alliance takes a system-wide view of the health system in WA, by undertaking a comprehensive Needs Assessment to identify unmet health and healthcare needs for Western Australians.
Our Needs Assessment identifies key priorities and uses these to guide and inform our investment in hundreds of community-based treatment and support services across the state.
In doing this, WA Primary Health Alliance is shaping, strengthening and sustaining a health system that is fit for the future and works for people, particularly those most at risk of poor health outcomes.
Our role is to work with our partners to develop a health system that works for people, ensuring they can access excellent care closer to home.
Our Needs Assessments priorities are to:
- Reduce and manage chronic disease.
- Build workforce capacity to manage chronic disease and identify mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues.
- Promote integration and care coordination to improve chronic disease management.
- Reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency department attendances.
- Create pathways for people with co-morbid chronic conditions and mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues.
- Increase access to low and medium intensity mental health services.
- Encourage community-based approaches to suicide prevention.
- Increase access to alcohol and other drugs treatment services.
- Promote community-based early intervention and harm reduction to reduce harmful alcohol and other drugs use.
- Support the development of culturally appropriate, holistic and integrated approaches to Aboriginal health and wellbeing.
The Needs Assessment identifies unmet health and service needs and prioritises opportunities for planning and service delivery in primary healthcare.
Primary Health Networks submit a Needs Assessment to the Commonwealth Department of Health every three years and continue to assess need on an annual basis.
For further information on the process and requirements please visit the Department of Health | Needs Assessment Guide.
The 2019- 2022 Needs Assessment for each PHN are available below: