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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 Priorities and Performance 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.

2022 - 2023 SNAPSHOT


$64 million
value of services commissioned to address health needs in region’s communities
$9.5 million
funding dispersed to 361 general practices through Strengthening Medicare Grants Program
98,000+ clients
including 15,000+ First Nations clients, received health support from 16 commissioned service programs
funding distributed to flood affected communities to build resilience and restore social connection
70,000 unique video views
First Nations 715 Health and Wellness Check social media campaign generated 70,000 unique video views and increasing 715s by 8.1%
$597 000
grant funding distributed to attract and retain health practitioners to improve service access in areas of high need
GPs, Nurses, Practice Staff & Allied Health Professionals trained in Domestic Violence identification and referral
32,000 clients
including 6,000+ First Nations clients, received mental health support from commissioned services
Health professionals participated in 370 professional education events
engagements in social media and 621 appearances in traditional media
page views on Hunter New England & Central Coast HealthPathways
new SeNT eReferrals and more than 160,000+ SeNT eReferrals since commencement

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

Priorities and Performance

Since the PHN’s inception in 2015 identifying priorities has sat at the heart of our work and drives our desire to effect change at both a program and systemic level. As one of our Aims it sits alongside our Purpose to deliver new and locally relevant solutions that measurably improve health outcomes for our communities.

Priorities and Performance 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.



Invested in Community


Total Income


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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