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With a vision for Healthy People and Healthy Communities the PHN is a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Australian Government. We work with health care providers across the Hunter, New England and Central Coast regions to commission programs and services designed to improve the efficiency and quality of primary health care and create a positive impact in our communities.

We’re pleased to share just some of our stories of Innovation and Impact from the last twelve months in this year’s Annual Report.

The Primary Health Network acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands we walk, reside and work upon. We pay our respects to First Nations people and value the continued connection to culture, country, waterways and contributions made to the life of our vast region.



We listen to and value the perspectives of others and use them to inform and strengthen everything we do.


We invest in new and better ways to improve the health system so people stay well and out of hospital.


We keep our promises and take ownership to get things done. We interact constructively.


We employ the highest ethical standards demonstrating honesty, transparency, open communication and fairness.


We work with others towards common goals, encouraging collaboration, support and compassion.


We will acknowledge and share individual and team achievements and successes.

2021 - 2022 SNAPSHOT


1.4 million
doses of COVID-19 vaccines (50 per cent of all vaccination episodes) delivered by general practice across our region
$4 million+
grant funded activities supported via nearly 700 grants across a broad range of primary care providers
health professionals participated in 166 PHN education related events
$80 million
of services commissioned to address health needs of our region’s communities
in flood recovery grants provided to support mental wellbeing and resilience of flood affected communities
clients, including 13,900+ First Nations clients, received health support across 14 commissioned service programs and 39 service providers
$1.2 million+
in GP grant funding to address workforce shortages saw 9 GPs relocate to rural and regional areas and 18 GPs relocate to the Central Coast
$1 million+
invested in grants provided to GPs, allied health and residential aged care facilities to improve digital health capability
page views on Hunter New England and Central Coast HealthPathways
milestone figure of secure electronic referrals reached using the SeNT eReferral system

We encourage, educate, support and listen to our communities, because we can achieve far more together.

Innovation and Impact

Since the PHN’s inception in 2015 Innovation has sat at the heart of our work and drives our desire to effect change at both a program and systemic level.

Innovation is embedded in the PHN’s philosophy and mission. As one of our Values it sits alongside our Purpose to deliver new and locally relevant solutions that measurably improve health outcomes for our communities.

Innovation and Impact is a fitting theme for this year’s report as we celebrate and showcase the opportunities created by our staff and teams to explore new and pioneering ways to improve the health system so that people stay well and out of hospital.

Our Innovation timeline highlights some of the notable achievements undertaken by the PHN since 2015.



Grant Revenue


Total Equity


We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future.

We acknowledge the stories, traditions and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.

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