Planning for real health needs
Community and stakeholder engagement forms the corner stone of what we do. It’s consciously embedded in our culture and core function of developing and providing health services to country South Australians. Community and stakeholder engagement strengthens rural voices to help shape local health priorities based on community needs - particularly for those at risk of poor health outcomes.
Our community engagement helps us plan effectively for the real health needs of our communities. It informs our policy and commissioning approach. Our relationships with country South Australian communities help us provide tailored health services that match community need and expectation and help communities to build long-term local sustainability.
Effective stakeholder engagement enhances planning and informs policies, service delivery and program development. Through this engagement within local communities we gain a greater understanding of local and regional health issues. We build strong relationships with country South Australian General Practitioners and Allied Health Practitioners. Our Aboriginal Health team is embedding Aboriginal health across country South Australia.
Community engagement is particularly important to us because of the large geographical area we cover – 99.8% of the state – and the disparate distribution of our population. To help us engage with all country South Australians we currently have Local Health Cluster (LHCs) spanning right across country South Australia.
These LHCs are essential to making sure local rural voices are heard - no matter how remote your community may be.
Ensuring clinically safe, patient centred & cost effective healthcare
Country SA PHN works collaborate with stakeholder to develop collaboratively to develop local strategies to improve patient outcomes – particularly those at risk of poor health and to contribute to effective local population planning. We make sure the health needs of country South Australians are included in the decision making of our key stakeholders.
We advocate for the needs of country South Australians to have a focus in all state health planning. We work collaboratively with national and state peak health organisations, local, State and Federal Governments to ensure the voice of country South Australians is present at all levels of health services discussions in this state.