Board Communiqué - February 2018

Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN) activities are well underway in 2018, with meetings of two of our advisory councils and  a Strategic Planning workshop with members and key stakeholders the first week of February. 

Following the NT PHN’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 21st November 2017 the board held its final meeting for 2017.  At the AGM Company Members were presented with NT PHN’s 2016-17 Annual Financial Report and the Health Network NT 2017 Annual Report. These have  been lodged with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

Reflecting on the previous year, the Board was excited to look ahead to the remainder of the 2017-18 financial year and review NT PHN’s progress on key projects, including NT HealthPathways, Health Care Homes and our role as the Rural Workforce Agency in the NT. 

NT HealthPathways is a major collaborative  initiative being led by NT PHN. This web-based portal will go live in early 2018 and will give health providers access to clinical guidelines and local patient referral pathways. NT HealthPathways will improve the patient experience, better integrate primary and secondary care and strengthen relationships across the health care sector. 

Health Care Homes trial sites have commenced across the Northern Territory (NT) to pilot a new approach to how coordinated primary health care is provided to patients with complex conditions. NT PHN is supporting NT Health Care Home sites to implement this Australian Government initiative. 

NT PHN will continue to operate the Rural Workforce Agency in the NT to recruit, retain and develop the NT’s primary health care workforce. The Board welcomes a more strategic program and looks forward to continuing our partnership with Northern Territory General Practice Education. 

At the November Board meeting, Dr Andrew Bell was reappointed as Board Chair and Ms Diane Walsh reappointed as Deputy Chair. Appointments remain until  the first board meeting after the 2018 AGM.

Development of a new five year strategic plan for the NT PHN commenced at our recent strategic planning workshop. The valuable early  input from key stakeholders was the start of a collaborative process to develop a clear strategic direction that places the NT PHN as a well-integrated component of the NT health care system.

The next Board meeting is planned for 5 March 2018 in Alice Springs.