Game-changing role floated for PHNs

PRIMARY Health Networks should be cast as “disruptive forces” in a primary healthcare funding shake-up, a research team has concluded. 

After two decades of largely fruitless reforms — from Divisions of General Practice in 1992 to the rollout of Medicare Locals in 2011 — PHNs could change the game by taking funding responsibilities in three critical areas, according to an analysis by the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at the University of Technology, Sydney.

“This third attempt at establishing regional-level networks must