One of PHN’s stated aims is to ease pressure on hospital emergency departments.
One of PHN’s stated aims is to ease pressure on hospital emergency departments. Warren Lynam

Healthy outcome for PHN?

THE winning tender for the new Central Queensland and Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network has stated a goal of consistency and sustainability of health services.

The Sunshine Coast Health Network won out over the combined bid by the CQ and Wide Bay Medicare Locals to provide mental health, allied heath, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and GP support services to the region.

SCHN chief executive officer Pattie Hudson will go to Rockhampton next week to meet with CQ Medicare Local executives today to plot a transition path to the new PHN.

"It is only day three and we haven't yet signed a funding agreement (with the Federal Government) so it's very early days, but that doesn't preclude us from getting up into the region and working with local government and the GPs to make sure we're in the right space," Mrs Hudson said.

"I think it's about getting that consistency of getting the respect of the community and respect of the staff.

"Most certainly we will be working closely with communities and making sure we maintain services that are currently there in transition and work with population health planning."

It is unknown what services can be renewed or put in place by June 30.

One of PHN's stated aims is to ease pressure on hospital emergency departments by reducing avoidable admissions and improving after-hours access to GPs.


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