About Us

About Us

Primary Health Network for Country South Australia.

Established by the Federal Government

Country SA PHN is the primary health network covering the country regions of South Australia.

Established by the Federal Government, PHNs are now operating Australia-wide. The key objectives of the PHNs are to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and to improve the coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.


  • Population health planning (needs assessments/data analysis) including service gap identification
  • Health care commissioning particularly for vulnerable populations
  • Practice support services so that GPs are better placed to provide care to patients and avoid hospital
  • Supporting general practices with safety and quality
  • Assisting general practices with eHealth

National Priorities

A core set of priorities has been set at a national level by the Government, priorities include:

  • Reduced avoidable hospitalisations and emergency department presentations;
  • Improved health outcomes for people with complex chronic conditions.

National Headline Indicators

These indicators reflect government priorities:

  • Potentially preventable hospitalisations
  • Childhood immunisation rates
  • Cancer screening rates (cervical, breast, bowel)
  • Mental health treatment rates (including for children and adolescents)

Our Vision

Better health and wellbeing for all country South Australians

Our Mission

Bridge the gap of health inequity

Improving the patient ‘experience’ of the health system

Our mission is to bridge the gap of health inequity and access in rural South Australia by building a collaborative and responsive country SA health care system. We are committed to improving the patient ‘experience’ of the health system. We will;

  • Act with integrity and transparency
  • Make timely decisions of the highest ethical standard
  • Be responsive to individual, community and provider needs within local communities
  • Meet challenges with innovative and responsive solutions
  • Foster, enable and facilitate partnerships that enrich and improve rural health services, activities and systems
  • Be flexible, adaptable and responsive to continuous quality improvement and evaluation outcomes
  • Remain connected to local communities in their respective settings
  • Be held accountable by those we serve as a provider, enabler, facilitator, funder or contractor.
  • Maintain a robust and transparent governance framework, meeting the standards of the Australian Corporations Act (2001), the ASC Principles of Effective Governance and other laws and practices as they apply.

Our Region

Country SA PHN covers all of South Australia, apart from the Adelaide metropolitan area. This means Country SA PHN covers 99.8% of the State geographically and approximately 30% of SA’s total population. The Country SA PHN boundaries align with the six rural Local Health Networks (LHNs).


Documents about us

Who We Are
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Good Governance
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Strategic Flowchart
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Find our popular publications below.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Closing the gap in health inequity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Annual Reports

View the latest and previous Annual Report from Country SA PHN.

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Activity Plans

Country SA PHN is required to develop work plans for each financial year and submit these for approval to the Department of Health.

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Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan is focused on providing better value, better care, better health care outcomes.

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