Planning, Strategy and Evaluation

The Planning, Strategy and Evaluation Team is responsible for leading a comprehensive and iterative health-needs assessment and activity planning process for the population of Central and Eastern Sydney PHN. The ongoing development of the Needs Assessment and Activity Work Plans are key elements of the PHN's commissioning strategy. These activities are undertaken in partnership with key partners and other stakeholders to ensure priority health needs including emerging needs are identified, and local evidence based solutions are implemented to improve the health of the region’s population.

Monitoring and evaluation strategies are integral to all programs, projects or services. They ensure that the objectives of any implemented and locally based solutions are measured in terms of quality, timeliness, cultural acceptability, how and whether targets and outcomes were met and builds a platform PHNs can learn and improve from. This is a crucial process in the PHN's commissioning strategy which involves the development of performance evaluation metrics such as key performance indicators, data collection and reporting. This is achieved through the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework.

Current versions of the Needs Assessment and Activity Work Plan for Central and Eastern Sydney PHN are available below.

Over the next 6 months we will be updating our baseline needs assessment and activity work plans, these will be made available on the website once approved.

Baseline needs assessment

Our baseline needs assessment was submitted to the Department of Health on 30 March 2016. The needs assessment was undertaken in partnership with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney Local Health District, St Vincent’s Hospital Network and Sydney Children's Hospital Network.

Our Needs Assessment Steering Committee was established to provide guidance and advice on the needs assessment process. The committee comprised of representatives from the Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) member networks, local government, Family and Community Services, Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks.

The PHN drew on a range of local, state and national statistical information to inform our assessment. We mapped existing service provision and assessed service utilisation across the region and reached out to the community and health providers through a series of consultations and surveys, including:

  • six community forums held across the region in early 2016
  • GP and allied health professional survey; and
  • community survey

This report identifies the health needs and health service needs of the central and eastern Sydney community, and is used to help us prioritise our activities.

The Department of Health approved our needs assessment for publication on 7 July 2016. This is an iterative process, with our needs assessment to be updated on an ongoing basis.

Refer to the Needs Assessment Guide on the Department of Health's PHN website, for a detailed outline of the approach to conducting needs assessments.

Mental health needs assessment

On 26 November 2015 the Commonwealth Government announced that primary health networks will take on a greater commissioning role for mental health and suicide prevention services. The official announcement from the Commonwealth Government is available from the Department of Health website.

CESPHN is well placed to drive a regional approach to commissioning, already having strong working relationships as well as shared geographical boundaries with our local health districts and hospital networks.

In addition to findings from our Baseline needs assessment, we have completed the comprehensive Mental health and suicide prevention needs assessment for the region.

Alcohol and other drugs services needs assessment

On 6 December 2015 the Commonwealth Government announced that primary health networks will take on a greater commissioning role for alcohol and other drugs services. The official announcement from the Commonwealth Government is available from the Department of Health website.

CESPHN is well placed to drive a regional approach to commissioning, already having strong working relationships as well as shared geographical boundaries with our local health districts and hospital networks.

In addition to findings from our Baseline needs assessment, we have completed the comprehensive Alcohol and other drugs services needs assessment for the region.

Activity work plans

Our activity work plans have been informed by our needs assessment report. It outlines the activities to be delivered over the course of 2016 - 2018.

The plan identifies activities against eight priority areas to be delivered. These include:

  1. Population health
  2. Aged care
  3. Early intervention and prevention
  4. Health literacy
  5. Service navigation
  6. Child and maternal health
  7. Addressing service gaps
  8. Workforce

The areas of care coordination, integrated care, areas with poor health status and digital health were also identified as priorities and have been addressed throughout the work plan.

The additional priority areas of Aboriginal Health, mental health and alcohol and other drugs treatment are covered in separate activity work plans.

The Department of Health approved our activity work plans for publication on 15 August 2016.

Further information

For further information, please email Manager Planning, Strategy and Evaluation, Vanessa Banda or call her on 9330 9900.