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Needs Assessment Adelaide PHN - An Australian Government Initiative

Needs Assessment

The Needs Assessment is an important process for Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to identify and analyse health and service needs within their regions and prioritise activity to address those needs.

Thus far, PHNs have completed two Needs Assessments – the Baseline Needs Assessment (BNA), completed in March 2016 and an update to the BNA was completed in November 2016. The Adelaide PHN, for the BNA Update, analysed new quantitative data including reflecting the consultation and engagement activities with our communities and stakeholders that have occurred since March. Both assessments also encompassed the Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs initial needs assessments.

Summary findings
To see our Summary of Consultations and Analysis of Localised Data for both the BNA and BNA Update, please download the summary findings here.

Full Reports (click report titles below)


The key objectives of Primary Health Networks (PHN) are:

  • 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. 

Commonwealth Key Priorities for PHNs

  • Mental Health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Population Health
  • Health Workforce
  • eHealth
  • Aged Care

Commonwealth National Headline Performance Indicators for PHNs

  • Potentially Preventable Hospital Admissions
  • Childhood Immunisation Rates
  • Mental Health Treatment Rates
  • Cancer Screening Rates

Comprehensive Needs Assessment of Medicare Locals in Metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia

The following Needs Assessment reports were completed by the former Medicare Locals in Metropolitan Adelaide before their closure on 30 June 2015. Primary Health Networks (PHNs) became operational from 01 July 2015 onwards.

Northern Adelaide  
Comprehensive Needs Assessment 2014
Summary Report

Central Adelaide and Hills Region
Comprehensive Needs Assessment 2015
Full Report

Southern Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Island
Comprehensive Needs Assessment 2014
Full Report

Adelaie PHN Identified Priorities by Medicare Local Comprehensive Needs Assessment - DOWNLOAD