Northern Territory PHN

Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN)

Our vision is that people in the Northern Territory enjoy their best health and wellbeing. We strive to achieve this vision by building local partnerships, and directing resources for an integrated and high quality primary health care system.

We help Territorians receive the right health care, in the right place, at the right time by:

  • commissioning the delivery of health services
  • providing support to the primary health care workforce
  • supporting integration across the acute and primary health care sectors.

While the Northern Territory covers a large area (1.3 million square kilometres), it is sparsely populated with roughly 245,000 people, including a significant constituency of Aboriginal people. To provide effective coverage of this area, NT PHN has offices in Darwin and Alice Springs, and a single, integrated management and program structure. This management approach provides for efficient, coordinated and integrated service planning and strong links to regional clinical public health advisory groups, hospitals, health services, peak bodies and government departments.

NT PHN is a partnership between Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, the NT Government Department of Health and Health Providers Alliance NT. NT PHN is funded by the Australian Government as the Territory’s Primary Health Network. NT PHN commenced operating on 1 July 2015.

More information is available in the Constitution - Health Network Northern Territory Ltd.

NT PHN Organisationa Structure

NT PHN’s organisational structure contains six branches led by our executive team. Our internal structure is designed to streamline and support our processes, projects and functions. With a strong and effective structure, we can achieve commissioning excellence and workforce outcomes to support people in the Northern Territory to enjoy their best health and wellbeing.

As we are currently transitioning to this structure, roles and responsibilities are shifting across the organisation. To ensure you speak to the right team during this time of transition, contact Executive Managers directly with questions and enquiries. 

Primary Health Networks (PHNs)

PHNs operate across Australia and are tasked by the Australian Government with coordinating primary health care delivery, and tackling local health care needs and service gaps. NT PHN receives funding from the Australian Government as the Territory’s Primary Health Network. NT PHN commenced operating on 1 July 2015.

PHNs were established to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients – particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes – and to better coordinate care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

There are 31 PHNs across Australia. For more information, visit the Australian Government Department of Health’s website.


Northern Territory PHN acknowledges the traditional owners of the country on which we work and live and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to elders both past and present.