The Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) is one of 31 primary health care organisation established on 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 is 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 is 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 have been established in each of the four sectors; Riverina, Western, Wagga and Border.
A comprehensive understanding of the health needs of Murrumbidgee communities continues to be developed, building on over 20 years’ experience in supporting primary care. An extensive needs analysis has been completed and community health profiles developed which have identified vulnerable communities and prioritised service gaps. Plans are inform the commissioning of health services.
The MPHN continues 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 continue to be a focus for the MPHN. Workforce support including GP recruitment and retention, and delivery of local, needs-based CPD continue to be supported with over 80 events delivered in 2016-17. The Primary Care Development team provide health service provider organisations with in-practice systems quality development to improve health outcomes for patients.
For more information regarding Primary Health Networks, visit the Department of Health website.