Structure of the Needs Assessment process
The PHN needs assessment consists of two parts: analysis and assessment.
Analysis focuses on the examination and documentation of health and service needs within our region - including service and workforce mapping, market analysis, demographics, health determinants, and populations most at risk of poor health outcomes.
Assessment focuses on synthesising and triangulating quantitative and qualitative data regarding the health and service needs of our region, option development, and priority setting.
The role of our membership
Our clinical and community membership groups, together with our Adelaide PHN Board, play a core role in the annual Needs Assessment process. Their diverse range of experiences and knowledge inform our evidence planning process to determine local needs and priorities.
Locally identified priorities are incorporated into our Needs Assessment as key issues
These priorities are listed below:
- Timely Access and Equity
- Health Literacy and Education
- Care Coordination, Integration and Navigation
- Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drugs and Physical co-morbidities
Department of Health PHN Program objectives and priority areas inform the Needs Assessment process
The objectives | to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services, particularly for patients at risk of poor health outcomes, and to improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
The priorities | mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, population health, workforce, digital health, aged care, alcohol and other drugs.