Media Releases

View the latest media releases from the Brisbane North PHN. For all media enquiries please contact Public Relations Officer Simon Brooks on 0481 009 021. 

Medical Mums urge free kids' flu vaccination (PDF-138KB)

24 April 2020 - While most parents understand immunisation is the best way to protect children against many serious and life-threatening diseases, they often overlook the risks posed by influenza.

Brisbane North PHN CEO to step down (PDF - 59KB)

18 March 2020 - The Board of Directors of Brisbane North PHN has today announced that long-standing CEO Dr Abbe Anderson will step down at the end of June. Abbe has been with the PHN and its predecessor organisations since 2002. After taking up the CEO role in 2007, Abbe led the organisation’s successful transition to a Medicare Local in 2011 and to a PHN in 2015.

AGM adds another GP voice to Board (PDF - 112KB)

27 November 2019 - General Practitioner and clinical researcher Dr Jenny Schafer will bring a unique combination of career experiences to Brisbane North PHN, following her appointment to the PHN’s Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, 13 November 2019.

Start a conversation. Find your reasons to stay (PDF - 312KB)

19 September 2019 - Surviving a crisis often depends on swift intervention, but finding the right help at this time can be difficult – so a new community-led campaign aims to ease the confusion.

Avoid the crowd and access after hours medical advice from home (PDF - 269KB)

Brisbane North PHN Emergency Alternatives campaign - 2019 

11 July 2019 - Busy emergency rooms are not always your best option if you are sick or injured after hours.

Vaccine myths get Medical Mums makeover (PDF - 140KB)

23 April 2019 - Dangerous and pervasive myths about childhood vaccines are the subject of a new animation video released to coincide with World Immunisation Week (24-30 April 2019).

Palliative care scholarships upskill local nursing workforce (PDF - 306KB)

19 March 2019 - Two local nurses will complete the Master of Nurse Practitioner program, specialising in palliative care, under a new Brisbane North PHN scholarship initiative.

Integrated suicide prevention initiatives aim to save lives (PDF - 146KB)

20 February 2019­­­Plans for new multimedia public awareness campaigns will be revealed tomorrow at Brisbane North PHN’s launch of local initiatives under the National Suicide Prevention Trial targeting high-risk populations in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.

Protocol signals renewed commitment to working together (PDF - 157KB)

18 December 2018 - A joint protocol to provide seamless connected care for people on Brisbane’s northside has been renewed.

Dr Trish Baker re-elected to PHN Board at AGM (PDF - 148KB)

19 November 2018 - General Practitioner and practice owner Dr Trish Baker has been re-elected to the Brisbane North PHN Board of Directors at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lutwyche on 14 November 2018.  

Planning for Wellbeing launched at Mental Health Expo (PDF - 195KB)

12 October 2018 - Consumers have played a key role in shaping a plan to improve mental health, suicide prevention, and alcohol and other drug treatment services in North Brisbane and Moreton Bay.  

Medical outreach trial delivers better healthcare for older people (PDF - 336KB)

29 August 2018 - A specialised medical outreach service trialled at nursing homes in Brisbane North has won the overwhelming support of the aged care residents and staff involved and could save the State Government up to $4 million a year.   

Record crowd expected for Metro North Health Forum (PDF - 359KB)

19 June 2018 - Exhibition space has sold out and a record number of attendees is expected for this year’s Metro North Health Forum on 19 June 2018 at the Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills.   

PHN responds to anti-vax misinformation (PDF - 101KB)

23 April 2018 - In response to the recent circulation of dangerous anti-vaccination misinformation to households in Brisbane’s northwestern suburbs, Brisbane North PHN has re-launched its Medical Mums media campaign to coincide with World Immunisation Week (24-30 April 2018).

Brisbane’s North provides a way back after suicide attempts (PDF - 663KB)

23 February 2018 - A new support service in Brisbane’s North will help people who are most at risk of dying by suicide.

Dr Anita Green re-elected for another term as Board Chair (PDF 292KB)

30 November 2017 - Highly regarded general practitioner Dr Anita Green will continue in her role as Brisbane North PHN’s Board Chair, following the company’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and subsequent Board meeting earlier this month.

A free mental health program currently being trialled in North Brisbane aims to reveal if a peer-led group model could deliver improved health outcomes for mums experiencing mild postnatal depression or anxiety.

Home exercise cuts healthcare need among elderly (PDF 45KB)

7 October 2017 - A simple home exercise program for older people could dramatically lower their reliance on healthcare services, according to the results of an Australian-first trial.

Mental health nurses offer no-cost clinical care coordination (PDF 50.3KB)

1 September 2017 - Enhanced clinical care coordination is now available to support general practitioners and community-based psychiatrists who care for adults with severe mental illness and complex health issues in Brisbane North.

Breakthrough mental health support for Brisbane North communities (PDF 480KB)

26 July 2017 - Breakthrough mental health support for Brisbane North communities.

PHN appoints Libby Dunstan as Deputy CEO (PDF 47KB)

24 July 2017 - Brisbane North PHN has appointed Libby Dunstan to the position of Deputy CEO.

On-call medical support for aged care facilities (PDF 126KB)

29 June 2017 - A new medical outreach service will help elderly aged care residents in Chermside and surrounding suburbs avoid unnecessary trips to the Emergency Department.

After hours campaign provides emergency alternatives (PDF 57KB)

16 May 2017 - Brisbane North PHN will this week re-launch the Emergency Alternatives emergency department (ED) avoidance advertising campaign, building on the success of the campaign during winter last year.

Primary health budget measures welcomed (PDF, 44KB)

11 May 2017 - Brisbane North PHN welcomes health announcements from the 2017-18 Federal Budget that will contribute to ensuring people in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Doctor Dad joins Medical Mums immunisation campaign (PDF, 200KB)

24 April 2017 - All parents want the best for their kids and Dr Stuart McAuley, a general practitioner (GP) and father to two girls is no exception.

Doctor Dad joins Medical Mums to convince vaccine doubters (PDF, 40KB)

24 April 2017 - All parents want the best for their kids and Dr Stuart McAuley, a general practitioner (GP) and father to two girls is no exception.

$23.5m to continue vital mental health reform (PDF, 45KB)

21 March 2017 - The next step in Brisbane North PHN’s plan to reform mental health in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region has begun.

See Media Release Appendix (108KB) for additional information about services commissioned.

Community control remains key to closing the gap (PDF, 50KB)

16 March 2017 - As the Close the Gap campaign enters its second decade, Brisbane North PHN Chief Executive Abbe Anderson has praised the work of local Aboriginal community controlled health services. 

Health Alliance to bridge primary care and hospital gap (PDF, 134KB)

28 February 2017 - South East Queenslanders will have better access to healthcare thanks to a new Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane North PHN Health Alliance. 

Funding boost for local drug treatment services (PDF, 46KB)

20 February 2017 - More drug and alcohol treatment services are available in North Brisbane for people who need support to overcome methamphetamine (ice) and other forms of substance dependence. 

Brisbane North PHN farewells Board Chair (PDF, 45KB)

6 February 2017 - Former President of the RACGP, Professor Claire Jackson, has stepped down today as a Director and Chair of Brisbane North PHN to focus on the establishment of the new UQ MRI Centre for Health System Reform and Integration, to be launched by Queensland's Minister for Health on 22 February 2017.

Strong results see directors re-elected at AGM (PDF, 49KB)

7 December 2016 - Company members voted for stability and continuity at the Partners 4 Health (trading as Brisbane North PHN) Annual General Meeting on November 16 at the PHN office in Lutwyche, Queensland.

Events inspire new thinking in mental health (PDF, 49KB)

Queensland Mental Health Week | 9 - 15 October 2016 - Participants at this year’s North Brisbane Partners in Recovery (PiR) Forum will get the tools they need to continue co-creating solutions to the systemic issues facing people with mental illness.

Latest report will help PHN improve mental health and suicide prevention services (PDF, 44KB)

22 September 2016 - Today’s release by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) of a report into hospitalisation rates for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-14 will provide a useful baseline for Brisbane North PHN to plan additional services.

National chronic care program finds home in Brisbane North (PDF, 46KB)

24 August 2016 - A new healthcare initiative in the Brisbane North PHN region will provide greater access to coordinated medical, allied health and out-of-hospital services to support people with complex chronic health conditions. 

The Emergency Department isn’t always your best option (PDF, 114KB)

28 June 2016 - Latest research shows one in three after-hours visits to the Emergency Department (ED) is for illness or injury that could be treated by a General Practitioner (GP).

Medical mums urge child immunisation (PDF, 45KB)

21 April 2016 - Mothers who are also local health professionals will feature prominently in a regional media campaign backing childhood immunisation.

Health Needs Assessment Now Available (PDF, 92KB)

20 April 2016 - Following extensive stakeholder consultation, Brisbane North PHN has released a comprehensive assessment examining the health needs of its local communities and the services available.

Health Care Home Key To A Sustainable Health System (PDF, 44KB)

31 March 2016 - Brisbane North PHN welcomes the Federal Government's response to the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG) review.

Back to school program to keep kids safe (PDF, 399KB)

30 March 2016 - This term, Grade 1 students at Morayfield State School will learn how to keep themselves safe, thanks to a free program supported by Brisbane North PHN and charity Act for Kids.

National report updates child vaccine coverage in Brisbane North (PDF, 44KB)

18 February 2016 - Brisbane North is on track to meet the revised childhood immunisation target of 95 per cent, according to a new national report.

State funding for integrated care applauded (PDF, 41KB)

28 January 2016 - Brisbane North PHN welcomes today's announcement from the Queensland Government that it will establish a $35 million fund to support integrated patient care.

Report reveals hotspots for potentially preventable hospitalisation (PDF, 44KB)

10 December 2015 - The release today of a national report into potentially preventable hospitalisations will help Brisbane North PHN to plan healthcare services that match the needs of local communities.

Brisbane North PHN will play significant role in mental health reform (PDF, 43KB)

26 November 2015 - Brisbane North PHN welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to place Primary Health Networks at the centre of mental health care, driven by the priorities of local communities and focused on individual consumer needs.

Clinical and community advisory bodies get to work (PDF, 44KB)

16 November 2015 - Brisbane North PHN’s Clinical Council and Community Advisory Committee met for the first time on 5 November and launched straight into reviewing and shaping the organisation’s Health Needs Assessment.

Real health care issues demand real solutions (PDF, 92KB)

21 October 2015 - The front page story from today’s Northside Chronicle highlights a pressing issue for people on low incomes and how this impacts on their access to health services.

Recovery on track, evaluation report finds (PDF, 92KB)

10 October 2015 - More than 90 per cent of surveyed respondents participating in a program for people with severe, long-term mental illness have reported a reduction in ‘unmet needs’ since commencing with the program, a carer and consumer-led evaluation has found. 

PCYC launches ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds’ program during Mental Health Week (PDF, 188KB)

3 October 2015 - PCYC will launch its Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds pilot program at Lang Park at 7:30am on 7th October, with the help of mental health ambassador Caleb Brown. 

Service providers meet to discuss aged care reforms 

16 September 2015 - Annual Brisbane North Community Aged Care Forum 2015. As part of its strategy to build capacity and encourage collaboration and innovation within the community aged care sector, Brisbane North PHN will host a free forum Thursday, September 24, for local service providers.

Funding boost for mental health

15 July 2015 - More than $500K will be given to four system reform projects to better support the recovery of people with long-term, severe mental illness and complex needs. 

PHN launch heralds new era

1 July 2015 - The Brisbane North PHN is ready to introduce real healthcare reforms that will keep people well and out of hospital, says the organisation’s CEO Abbe Anderson.