The Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) is one of 31 new primary health care organisation being established from 1 July 2015 with the key objectives of:
- Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes; and
- Improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
Primary Health Networks have been set six key priorities for targeted work; mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, health workforce, eHealth and aged care. The MPHN will be working with health service providers, consumers and communities to improve coordination of care, ensuring patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
The MPHN will be informed by our local health professionals and communities through four regionally-based Clinical Councils, and 33 Local Health Advisory Committees informing a single Community Advisory Council. Regional service centres will be established in each of the four sectors; Riverina, Western, Wagga and Border.
Click here for the Department of Health infographic for the Murrumbidgee PHN
The MPHN will have a comprehensive understanding of the health needs of Murrumbidgee communities, building on over 20 years’ experience in supporting primary care. We will build on the extensive needs analysis and community health profiles developed by the Medicare Locals which has identified vulnerable communities and prioritised service gaps. A Population Health Plan will be developed to inform the commissioning of health services where they will be most effective.
The MPHN will continue to work with partner service providers including the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Aboriginal Medical Services, Aged Care Services and other local providers to implement integrated/coordinated models of care, including the development of Health Pathways.
Development of the existing primary health service provider workforce will continue to be a focus for the MPHN. Workforce support including recruitment and retention advice and delivery of locally informed, needs-based CPD will continue, as will in-practice systems improvement to improve health outcomes for patients.
For more information regarding Primary Health Networks, visit the Department of Health website.