I am very excited to share the news that I have been appointed to the Brisbane South Primary Health Network Clinical Council for a period of 2 years. This is pretty exciting for me personally, but also for psychologists as a profession, as this really provides an opportunity to input to the type of healthcare delivery that we can expect to be received in the Brisbane South region.
A Bit of background…..Primary Health Networks (PHNs) were established by the federal government in July 2015 to facilitate the delivery of efficient and effective primary health services. PHNs aim to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and to improve coordination of primary health care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
The Brisbane South PHN covers the large geographic area south of the Brisbane River and includes metropolitan, rural and remote island locations across the four Local government areas (LGAs) of Brisbane (part), the Scenic Rim (part), Redland and Logan, with an estimated population catchment of 1.1 million residents (23% of Queensland’s population). The area is culturally diverse and contains 13 public and private hospital locations and more than 300 General Practices.
The purpose of a PHN Clinical Council is to assist in development of local strategies that will improve the operation of the health care system for patients, to better meet the unique needs of the local communities. The Council provides recommendations and advice to the Brisbane South PHN Board of Directors.
If you would like to know more about PHNs, you can access the Australian Government here: http://www.health.gov.au/PHN but otherwise… wish me luck!!