Brisbane North PHN supports communities within Brisbane's northern suburbs, the Moreton Bay Regional Council and parts of the Somerset Regional Council as far as Kilcoy.
The key objectives of the PHN are:
- increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes
- improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
It will achieve these outcomes by:
- understanding the health care needs of our community through analysis and planning, helping to identify and address service gaps;
- providing practice support services so that GPs are better placed to provide care to patients, keeping them healthy and out of hospital;
- supporting general practices in attaining the highest standards in safety;
- assisting general practices in understanding and making meaningful use of eHealth systems;
- working with other funders to purchase or commission health services for local groups most in need, including patients with complex chronic conditions or mental illness.
What is primary heath care?
Primary health care in not just about treating illness, it is also about protecting and promoting the health of individuals and communities. Primary health care encompasses the services provided by your doctor (general practitioners), community nurses, or pharmacists through to services provided by allied health professionals, such as dietitians, optometrists and physiotherapists.