As part of the National Health Reform, the Commonwealth Government has tasked Primary Health Networks (PHN) across Australia with the responsibility of implementing the PHN After Hours program. The aim of the program is to address gaps in after hours service arrangements and improve service integration within the PHN region.
The key objectives of the After Hours Primary Health Care program are:
- Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of after hours primary health care for patients, particularly those with limited access to health services.
- Improving access to after hours primary health care through effective planning, coordination and support.
- Develop innovative solutions to address service gaps and improve access to after hours primary health care.
- Address lack of access
- Improve patient outcomes
- Address fragmentation
- Increase consumer awareness of after hours primary health care available in their community.
We are also mandated to maintain existing services, while we undertake a new needs assessment in our region.
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