What is Northern Territory PHN?

Northern Territory PHN is a not-for-profit organisation fully funded by the Australian Government to work closely with the primary health sector to develop better coordination, support the health workforce and introduce new health programs and services.

Our vision is that people in the Northern Territory enjoy their best health and wellbeing. We achieve this by building strong local partnerships and directing resources to create a well-managed, high-quality primary health care system for Territorians.

As the Territory’s Rural Workforce Agency (RWA NT), we also attract, recruit, educate and retain a professional primary health care workforce across the NT.

Our vision for a healthier Territory

People in the Northern Territory enjoy their best health and wellbeing.

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

Our priority areas

Our six priority areas are:

  • Mental health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Population health
  • Health workforce
  • Digital health
  • Aged care

Our members

Our company is Health Network Northern Territory, operating as Northern Territory PHN and we commenced operating on 1 July 2015. More information is available in the Constitution- Health Network Northern Territory Ltd.

Our company members include:

  • Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT)
  • Northern Territory Government Department of Health
  • Health Providers Alliance Northern Territory

About Primary Health Networks (PHNs)

31 PHNs across Australia are tasked by the Australian Government with coordinating primary health care and tackling local health needs and service gaps.

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. The National PHN Primary Care Improvement Framework explains more about what PHNs do.

Visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health website for more information.


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