One of our ongoing key functions is assessing health needs across the NT.

Needs assessments ensure we understand the health and workforce needs of Territorians. This allows us to:

  • commission the right health services
  • lead and contribute to the reform of health services
  • advocate for the health needs of Territorians with National and Territory governments
  • ensure access to a quality, sustainable health workforce so Territorians receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

Needs assessments can involve identifying:

  • health and healthcare needs
  • quality of a patient’s experience
  • efficiency and effectiveness of services and systems
  • capacity and experience of the health workforce and service providers
  • understanding the factors influencing outcomes and the opportunities for improvement.

Needs assessments involve using and collecting local and national data or evidence when required. It also involves engaging communities, consumers and their representatives, primary health care services, health professionals, hospitals, other community service providers (such as aged care), the tertiary education and training sectors and those sectors impacting on the social determinants of health (such as education and housing).

Needs assessments are about prioritising needs and using available information and advice to make judgements about available options and relative priorities.

We are continually working towards expanding our range and depth of knowledge on the health needs of Territorians through new information we attain through needs assessments.

Learn more in our 2019 Program Needs Assessment

Learn more about our health workforce needs assessments.