What do primary health networks do? They channel billions of health dollars, that's what

Health department figures show $4 billion in grant money has been dished out to PHNs in one year

Australia's primary health networks are collecting more than $4 billion in Federal Government grants, even though many GPs aren't certain what they do.

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The Department of Health has published a full list of its major contracts for the past financial year, revealing that some of its biggest grants were directed towards the 31 primary health networks (PHNs).

The report details the total value of active contracts between the department and outside organisations during the 2017/18 financial year, including multi-year arrangements.

In total, PHNs