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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.

An iterative engagement and consultation process forms the basis to the Adelaide PHN ethos. Our membership group model comprising our geographically aligned clinical and community advisory councils and Health Priority Network (the Network is a new model of membership uniting the members from the former Health Priority Groups) are essential to this process. Together with our Board, they bring together a diverse range of experience and knowledge informing our evidence based planning process to determine the local needs and priorities of our catchment area.

The four strategic priorities identified by the Adelaide PHN membership groups:

  1. Timely Access and Equity
  2. Health Literacy and Education
  3. Care Coordination, Integration and Navigation
  4. Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drugs and Physical co-morbidities,

These priorities have been incorporated into our Needs Assessment as key issues.

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. Both assessments also encompassed the Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) initial needs assessments.

Using the BNA Update template as a reference document, PHNs were tasked to develop three separate Needs Assessments; (i) Core Flexible (Commonwealth Department of Health PHN funding schedule name), (ii) Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and (iii) AOD, for submission in November 2017. The Adelaide PHN, reviewed the information from our previous needs assessment and analysed new quantitative data including reflecting the consultation and engagement activities with our communities and stakeholders that have occurred since 2016 and updated the identified needs and priorities accordingly.


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


Previous Reports


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