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HNECC is one of 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) funded by the Australian Government to commission programs and services. Commissioning is a core activity of PHNs, and underpins all the work that we do. PHNs do not provide health services, but rather commission them and support service providers to improve efficiency and quality.

Health care commissioning is defined as the process of “planning and purchasing health services to meet the health needs of a local population” . It is a continual cycle that involves planning, designing or procuring, monitoring and evaluating health services to make sure they are performing well and improving the health of the communities that they work within.

HNECC’s approach to commissioning involves an ongoing collaborative relationship with service providers, clinicians, consumers and other stakeholders so that services are designed and delivered to meet community needs in key priority areas.

This diagram outlines HNECC’s commissioning cycle:

Ref: The Kings Fund (2014) Briefing - Clinical commissioning: what can we learn from previous commissioning models?

HNECC PHN uses an electronic procurement platform called TenderLink.

Latest Commissioning overview (Q3 2021 - 2022)

Learn more about upcoming procurement exercises here
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