Needs Assessments and Plans

A key function of Primary Health Networks (PHNs) is ongoing health needs assessments. The development of needs assessments is essential to the success of ensuring people in the Northern Territory enjoy their best health and wellbeing, and requires the Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN) to work closely with health service providers to identify the priority health needs for the Northern Territory. By identifying these priorities, PHNs can use funding to commission services that support health service delivery, access, equity and management of health conditions efficiently and effectively across primary health care.

Baseline Needs Assessment

Overview

Under NT PHN’s funding arrangement with the Australian Government Department of Health, NT PHN  delivered a Baseline Needs Assessment in March 2016. In line with Commonwealth requirements, this needs assessment was reviewed in November 2016 and updated in November 2017.

NT PHN took a streamlined and targeted approach for 2016, with development of the Baseline Needs Assessment undertaken in conjunction with Menzies School of Health Research. An Advisory Committee was established, which included representatives from AMSANT, the Northern Territory Department of Health, the Associate Membership Committee, and the Top End and Central Australia Health Services. Targeted engagement occurred through NT PHN’s Clinical Councils and Community Advisory Council, local GPs and other primary health care providers. Data was collated from a range of sources, including previous needs assessments completed by the organisation.

The Baseline Needs Assessment has informed a range of NT PHN’s planning activities, including selection of Local Performance Indicators, and development of the Activity Work Plan and Annual Budget for NT PHN’s operational and flexible core funding. The Baseline Needs Assessment will inform further planning activities into 2018 and beyond.

Current Status

NT PHN has received permission from the Australian Government Department of Health to publish the Baseline Needs Assessment.

Download: The Baseline Needs Assessment

Next Steps

The Baseline Needs Assessment will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with emerging and changing needs.

For More Information

For further information, contact NT PHN on 8982 1000 or needsassessment@ntphn.org.au

Further information is available on the Australian Government Department of Health’s website here, including a copy of the PHN Needs Assessment Guide.

After Hours Needs Assessment

Overview

The NT PHN After Hours Primary Health Care Program Needs Assessment is a fit-for-purpose document that has adopted a systematic approach to determine the after-hours health service needs within the NT, and identify local and regional after-hours health service needs priorities. This needs assessment was completed in February 2016.

This Needs Assessment has been limited in scope and focused on after-hours primary health care service with particular emphasis on:

  1. Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of after-hours primary health care for patients, particularly those with limited access to health services; and
  2. Improving access to after-hours primary health care through effective planning, coordination and support for population based after-hours primary health care.

The After Hours Primary Health Care Program Needs Assessment should be considered a companion document to the Organisational Baseline Needs Analysis.

Download: The After Hours Primary Health Care Program Needs Assessment

For further information contact NT PHN on 08 8982 1000 or email needsassessment@ntphn.org.au

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and Alcohol and Other Drugs

Overview

The National Mental Health Commission Review was released on 16 April 2015 with the Australian Government Response announced on 26 November 2015. This response included a reform package, with key elements being:

  • Locally planned and commissioned mental health services and a new primary mental health care funding pool
  • A new, easy to access digital mental health gateway
  • A “stepped care” model for primary mental health care
  • Joined up support for child mental health
  • An integrated and equitable approach to youth mental health
  • Integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing
  • A renewed approach to suicide prevention
  • Improved services and coordination of care for people with severe and complex mental illness
  • National leadership in mental health reform  

Under NT PHN’s funding arrangement with the Australian Government Department of Health, NT PHN delivered Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and Alcohol and Other Drugs Needs Assessments Reports on 30 March 2016. These were reviewed and updated in November 2017.

NT PHN opted for a streamlined and targeted approach for 2016. A Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Drugs and Alcohol Working group was established, which included representatives from AMSANT, the Northern Territory Department of Health, the Associate Membership Committee, the Top End and Central Australia Health Services, Association of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies NT, and the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition. Targeted engagement has occurred through NT PHN’s Clinical Councils and Community Advisory Council. Data has been collated from a range of sources, including the Baseline Needs Assessment.

These needs assessments have informed development of the Regional Operational Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan for 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

Current Status

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and Alcohol and Other Drugs Needs Assessment Reports were submitted to the Australian Government Department of Health in March 2016, and updates were submitted in November 2017. NT PHN has received permission to publish both the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Needs Assessment.

Download: The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

Download: Drug and Alcohol Treatment Needs Assessment

For More Information

For further information, email needsassessment@ntphn.org.au

Further information is available on the Australian Government Department of Health’s website here, including copies of presentations delivered to PHNs.

Next Steps

NT PHN will continue to work with a range of key stakeholders to action the priorities identified in the Needs Assessment Reports. Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and Alcohol and Other Drugs Needs Assessment will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with emerging and changing needs.

Activity Work Plans

The development of Annual Activity Work Plans are a deliverable under NT PHN’s funding agreements. NT PHN’s Activity Work Plans for Core Funding, After Hours and Mental Health and Suicide Prevention have now been approved by the Australian Government Department of Health, and are now published.

Core Funding and After Hours

NT PHN’s core funding agreement comprises operational and flexible funding. It does not encompass many programs delivered by NT PHN, including mental health programs, Integrated Team Care and Workforce recruitment, retention and support programs. These programs are funded under separate contracts, and their activities are not included within this Activity Work Plan.

The Core Funding Activity Work Plan was informed by NT PHN’s Baseline Needs Assessment undertaken in 2015–2016.

Download: Updated Activity Work Plan 2016–18 Core Funding

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The 2016 – 2019 Mental Health Activity Work Plan is an update to the 2016-18 Plan submitted to the Department in February 2017.

Download: Updated Activity Work Plan 2016–19 – Primary Mental Health Care Funding

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service

This Drug and Alcohol Treatment Activity Work Plan covers the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019, and is an update to the Activity Work Plan submitted to the Department in May 2016.

Download: Updated Activity Work Plan 2016–2019 – Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Integrated Team Care

NT PHN’s Integrated Team Care Activity Work Plan was developed through a process that includes needs assessment, market analysis and stakeholder input.

Download: Updated Activity Work Plan 2016–2018 – Integrated Team Care

Innovation Activity Proposal

In line with NT PHN’s objectives, the current PHN Innovation Funding stream will support PHNs to engage in innovative approaches and solutions that improve the efficiency, effectiveness and coordination of locally-based primary health care services. In the context of the PHN Innovation Funding under this stream, innovation includes an idea, service, approach, model, process or product that is new, or applied in a way that is new, which improves the efficiency, effectiveness and coordination of locally-based primary health care services. Activities under the current PHN Innovation Funding stream must:

  • be new or innovative;
  • align with PHN Programme objectives;
  • relate to the recommendations of the Report of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group, Better Outcomes for People with Complex and Chronic Conditions, and the Australian Government’s response
  • be beyond the activity expected under the Core Funding Schedule and not duplicate activity funded under other schedules (e.g. After-Hours, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol) or other funding sources; and
  • link to local need (as identified via needs assessment) and/or support the application or expansion of innovative solutions across the PHN network.

This Innovation Activity Proposal covers current Innovation Funding provided to PHNs to be expended within the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018.

Download: Innovation Activity Proposal 2016-2018