Needs assessment and work plan
Primary Health Networks (PHNs) use a commissioning approach to procure medical and health care services. PHNs decide which services to commission based on the priority needs of patients in their regions.
Commissioning is a strategic, evidence-based approach to planning and purchasing services and is intended to be outcomes-focused, with health services centred on the needs of patients. Commissioning encompasses more than just procurement. It is a continual and iterative cycle. The cycle involves strategic planning, procuring services and monitoring and evaluation
Each PHN undertakes a needs assessment each year to identify the health and service needs within their regions and prioritise activities to address those needs.