of Country

We acknowledge the Kaurna peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the Adelaide region. We pay tribute to their physical and spiritual connection to land, waters and community, enduring now as it has been throughout time. We pay respect to them, their culture and to Elders past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (and hereafter Aboriginal) - The term Aboriginal is used respectively in this document as an all-encompassing term for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures.

Highlights 2017/18




Chair & CEO Summary

Deb Lee


"We now have over
160 commissioned
 services and activities"

Here we are at the end of our third successful year as the Adelaide Primary Health Network! We have moved from establishment and transition of existing projects, reconnecting and collaborating with all metropolitan stakeholders through to co-design, partnerships and co-funding to a firm focus on facilitating and implementing truly integrated care.

You can find the results of all our hard work and the great outcomes of our consultation, collaboration and facilitation detailed within this report. We now have over 160 commissioned services and activities, a clear pathway for co-design and more and more co funded services and activities.

We began our journey three years ago with three Clinical Councils, three Community Advisory Councils, seven Health Priority Groups and a Membership Advisory Council - rounding out the Adelaide PHN governance structure. Today, having consulted, listened, empowered and acted we have three Clinical Councils, four Community Advisory Councils and one Health Priority Network which includes nine priority areas. This restructure has seen us commence work in establishing a new Aboriginal Advisory Council – a direct result of a community consultation. The new joint force that is our Health Priority Network is shaping up to be interactive, collaborative and integrated. Our foundation purpose is to connect and facilitate a high-quality health system and we can only achieve this leading by example. We take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our stakeholders for the fantastic work they continue to do for our community.

We have continued to provide opportunities for our stakeholders to co-design innovative solutions to identified gaps and needs. We continually strive to keep our design and our commissioned services person centred and involve all areas of our communities in the design, establishment and evaluation processes. Our focus is firmly on connecting and facilitating a quality health system for our community.

Working with you to improve your experience of the health system and your health outcomes, listening, consulting and empowering you. We are all working together; Adelaide PHN, health providers and our community to make the changes that are needed to achieve this.

Our strong partnership with SA Health, across our four metropolitan Local Health Networks (LHNs) continues to make progress with meaningful and measurable outcomes. Increasing the capacity of their services and reducing their costs are a key focus for our LHNs. We have included a sample of the partnership projects that are demonstrating results in this area whilst also enhancing the person’s experience and their health outcomes. There is no doubt that working together equals more effective and efficient service delivery!

We would like to thank our wonderful, expert staff for the fabulous work that they do – working in an ever-changing environment and always managing to exceed expectations whilst managing those of our stakeholders! Our Board continues to provide strategic oversight alongside being ready champions in promoting the work that we do. As always, we would like to thank every one of you, our stakeholders across the Adelaide metropolitan region. You individually and collectively are the reason we are here and your ongoing positivity, passion and commitment to our community drives us to achieve!

Dr Nick Vlachoulis


Commissioned Services




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Torrensville Plaza, SA, 5031

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