South Western Sydney PHN is a not-for-profit health organisation dedicated to supporting general practitioners, practice nurses and other primary health providers to deliver the best possible care for their patients and improve access to quality local health care for the whole community.
Servicing seven local government areas of Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee, South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN) is one of 31 primary health networks across Australia aiming to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health services delivered in our region.
We are doing this by supporting local clinicians; understanding the health care needs and service gaps in our community through planning and consultation; and by focusing on improving access to primary care services for patients, particularly those in our community at risk of poor health outcomes.
The Commonwealth Government has identified six key priority areas for PHNs to focus their work towards and four national headline indicators.
Our six national priorities are:
- Mental health
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
- Population health
- Health workforce
- Aged care
The four national headline indicators are:
- Avoidable hospital admissions
- Cancer screening rates
- Mental health treatment rates
In working with GPs, other primary care providers, and the South Western Sydney Local Health District through our Comprehensive Needs Assessment, we have also identified 13 local health priorities.
The local health priorities are: Mental health, Chronic disease, Tobacco control, Overweight and obesity, Cancer, Pregnancy and the early years, Strengthening prevention, Advocacy, Information, Workforce, Aboriginal health, Culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and Aged care.
Our Vision, Mission and Service Standard Aim
A lead organisation enabling an effective, innovative and integrated health system for South Western Sydney.
To enhance and connect primary health care, so residents and patients achieve better health outcomes.
Service Standard Aim
To support and shape primary care services so all residents in our region can access the right care, at the right time, by the right people, at the right location.
Our Strategic Goals
- Goal 1 – A Healthier Community
- 1.1 Investigate, track and analyse data to better inform priority setting, planning and systems development.
- 1.2 Commission services that enhance equitable access to care according to prioritised population needs as identified in our needs assessment.
- 1.3 Address the specific health needs of our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Refugee, Aboriginal and rural populations.
- Goal 2 – An informed and empowered community
- 2.1 Enhance the health literacy of the community to help them make better informed health decisions.
- 2.2 Empower our community and their families with access to relevant self-management strategies, according to need.
- 2.3 Partner with our community in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of our services.
- Goal 3 – A better health system, experienced by General Practitioners and primary care providers
- 3.1 Improve practice capabilities through the provision of timely and relevant service supports.
- 3.2 Implement a system for ongoing learning, development and diversification.
- 3.3 Engage General Practitioners and primary care providers in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of our services.
- Goal 4 – An integrated health system that is fit for purpose
- 4.1 Co-ordinate and integrate health planning and service development with the SWSLHD and other key stakeholders.
- 4.2 Enable person-centred continuity of care systems that effectively link primary and acute health providers.
- 4.3 Establish multi-sectorial partnerships that support integration of health care.
- Goal 5 – Primary health care that demonstrates value
- 5.1 Support primary health care providers to contribute to improved health outcomes.
- 5.2 Facilitate the co-design and development of innovative models that ensures quality care is delivered.
- 5.3 Progressively monitor and evaluate the performance of procured services to ensure targeted solutions demonstrate cost-effectiveness, sustainability and scalability.
South Western Sydney PHN opened its doors on 1 July 2015, after successfully transitioning from South Western Sydney Medicare Local.
Our organisation has a rich history in supporting and servicing GPs and primary health in general across the entire region, growing from the Divisions of General Practice, to Medicare Local and now into the PHN. South Western Sydney Medicare Local’s founding members were Southern Highlands Division of General Practice and Sydney South West GP Link.
In May 2014, following recommendations from the Horvath Report, the Commonwealth Government announced it was replacing Australia’s 61 Medicare Locals with PHNs. In October 2014, the Government revealed the boundaries for the new 31 PHNs with South Western Sydney retaining the 1:1 boundary with South Western Sydney Local Health District it held as a Medicare Local. In April 2015, South Western Sydney Medicare Local was successful in its bid to run the PHN.
South Western Sydney PHN will continue the valuable partnerships forged with the Local Health District and other health organisations in the past and will continue to work directly with GPs, other primary care providers, secondary care providers and the community to ensure improved outcomes for patients.