Commissioning enables the PHN to use its limited resources to improve the health outcomes of its communities by shaping the health and community care system.

What is commissioning?

Commissioning is committing limited resources to health and community care interventions with the aim of improving the health system and delivering better consumer outcomes. Commissioning relies on robust relationships and established trust at the local level.

It is a needs-led and outcome-evaluated process. Stakeholders work to identify needs and co-design solutions. The procurement of services is only one possible outcome to the commissioning process.

Commissioning underpins all areas of the PHN's work, including analysis and planning, support for GPs and other healthcare providers and purchasing health and community care interventions.

How it works

Commissioning is an on-going cyclical process. Needs are assessed through community consultation and solutions are designed in partnership with stakeholders.

Transparent processes are used to promote the implementation of these solutions, including the identification of providers from whom services may be purchased.

These solutions are then evaluated and the evaluation outcomes used to inform further assessment and planning.

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View a text description of the Commissioning Cycle.

Commissioning principles

Learn about the principles that underpin commissioning at Brisbane North PHN.

What you can expect

Find out what health consumers, funders and service providers can expect from Brisbane North PHN's commissioning process. 


If your organisation is interested in working with the PHN, please register via our tenders, quotes and expression of interest portal - Tenderlink.


Brisbane North PHN has developed resources about our integrated and collaborative approach to commissioning.