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.
Medicare Local Completed Needs Assessement | 2014 and 2015
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.
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.
These priorities are listed below:
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.