Commissioning is a powerful tool, allowing our organisation to shift the focus of human, financial and place based resources within the health system to the identified areas of greatest need.
Western Victoria PHN commissioning of services and initiatives will be evidence based, best value and outcome focussed. This rests on our ability to utilise a needs based approach underpinned by our knowledge and contextual understanding of the populations we work with and the health system we operate within. This includes building on the relationships we have already developed with stakeholders in the Western Victoria Primary Health Network region whilst further participating in open dialogue about how the health system can work to enhance the care collectively provided in the community.
As a commissioner, Western Victoria PHN will be a regional purchaser of health services with the flexibility to stimulate innovative public and private health care solutions to improve the quality, accessibility and integration of frontline services. We are cognisant we cannot do this alone. Western Victoria Primary Health Network recognises the importance of working with local communities, health consumers, general practice, health care providers, and our system stakeholders in order to ensure the decisions we make are represented by our approach to engagement in a transparent and collaborative way. The formal governance structures of community and clinical councils will present opportunities to support PHN commissioning processes.
This framework illustrates the processes required for health care commissioning by Western Victoria PHN, aligned with the intentions of federal government for Primary Health Networks, to operate as commissioning organisations across a diverse range of funding streams and areas of healthcare.
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