Each year, Adelaide PHN reviews both the health and primary care service needs specific to our region, and undergoes an iterative engagement and consultation process to form a needs assessment of the Adelaide metropolitan area.
Undergoing the process annually, ensures timely identification and analysis of health and service needs across our region and informs how we prioritise and target our activities to address those needs.
Explore our Needs Assessment Reports
Current Needs Assessment
- Adelaide PHN Needs Assessment Report 2022-23 to 2024-25
- Adelaide PHN Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Needs Assessment (2022)
- Full Report
Adelaide PHN commissioned the Public Health Discipline Group, College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University to undertake an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Needs Assessment for the Adelaide PHN region. Strength-based approaches and Indigenous Data Sovereignty were key considerations in the development of this Needs Assessment. Valuing and centring Indigenous knowledges throughout the Needs Assessment process – from approach, data sources accessed, data collected, analysis and dissemination – ensured appropriate contextualisation to shift Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes from a deficit discourse and data narrative, and to actively recognise the impacts of colonisation.
- Full Report
- 2022-2024 Needs Assessment Report | Nov 2021
- 2019-2022 Needs Assessment Report | Nov 2020
- 2019-2022 Needs Assessment Report | Nov 2019
- 2019-2022 Needs Assessment Report | Nov 2018
- Core Flexible Needs Assessment | Nov 2017
- Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Needs Assessment | Nov 2017
- Mental Health and Suicide Needs Assessment | Nov 2017
- Baseline Needs Assessment | 2016
- Medicare Local Completed Needs Assessement | 2014 and 2015
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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.