Our PHN's commissioning strategy is an ongoing process of planning, purchasing and monitoring services to meet the needs of our communities.
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:
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.
Decommissioning is a crucial part of the commissioning cycle and is undertaken in a planned way to ensure that the most effective services are delivered, making best use of the resources available.
Our Primary Health Network works with local primary health care providers, Hunter New England and Central Coast Local Health Districts and Community Managed Organisations to meet local health care needs across our region.
We commission health services to address the identified needs and priorities of our First Nations communities.
Commissioning is a new approach for many providers so we have prepared a series of webinars to explain the tendering process and help you to prepare a competitive tender response.
As part of ongoing improvement in service commissioning, the Primary Health Network is transforming the way we measure the impact and the quality of the health services we fund within our region.
Access information about current tenders for health services and commissioning of services
These resources can support provider organisations to implement continuous quality improvement in these key areas, improving the quality of the services they deliver, and supporting compliance with the contracts held with HNECC.
Commissioned service provider toolkit
The toolkit gives service providers an understanding of the purpose and roles of Primary Health Networks, and specifically our PHN.
By clearly articulating the role of the PHN and the service provider, we will be able to work together more effectively to improve health outcomes for our communities.
Latest commissioning news
November 29 2023
Pitch Night: Does your organisation have an innovative suicide prevention program that will benefit the community?
Pitch Night is back in 2024, with Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) and The Funding Network (TFN) hosting two live crowdfunding events in April at Lake Macquarie and Tamworth. The events will support four organisations to share their story and raise vital program funds so they can localise their suicide prevention pilot projects to support our communities.
November 20 2023
The Peninsula Medicare Urgent Care Clinic at Umina Beach is now accepting patients following an official opening by Member for Robertson Dr Gordon Reid MP and CEO of HNECC Primary Health Network Richard Nankervis.
October 27 2023
Supporting Recovery: A Pilot Program to Provide Trauma-Informed Recovery Care for Victim-Survivors of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence.
The Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network invites service providers in the Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence (DFSV) (including child sexual abuse) and Mental Health sectors to attend an online information session.
September 27 2023
Providence Medical Umina and Coastal Lakes Medical Practice Lake Haven are confirmed as the providers of the soon-to-be opened Medicare Urgent Care Clinics (UCCs) on the Central Coast.