Region

Murray PHN (Primary Health Network) has been in operation since 1 July 2015. It operates from Mildura in the North West, to Woodend in the south, across to Seymour and up to Albury - an area of almost 100,000 square kilometres that is home to more than 560,000 people.

As on of six PHNs in Victoria and 31 established across Australia by the Federal Government, Murray PHN's role is to:

  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes
  • Improve the coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time

To service our catchment and its diverse population, Murray PHN has regional offices in Bendigo, Shepparton, Mildura and Albury, where we use local knowledge and local professionals to help optimise our primary care systems. In each of our regions we have established both Clinical Advisory Councils and Community Advisory Councils to contribute to our strategic and operational planning.

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National Objectives and Key Priority Areas

The Australia Government has identified national objectives and key priority areas for Primary Health Networks. These frame the focus of our organisation and we will be guided by both community and clinical input to improve health outcomes in these areas.

They include:

  • Mental health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Population health
  • Health workforce
  • eHealth
  • Aged Care

National priority areas:

  • Avoidable hospital presentations
  • Cancer prevention
  • Immunisation
  • Mental health

Murray PHN region

Regional snapshots

Goulburn Valley

  • Five Local Government Areas (LGAs)
  • Population approx. 154,051
  • Total land area 16,014 sq km.
  • 43 General Practices
  • A large regional hospital/community health service
  • An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO)
  • Ten small rural health services of which five provide community health services, with a further two independently managed community health services.

North West Victoria

  • Three¬†LGAs
  • Population approx. 79,571
  • Total land area of 36,454 sq km.
  • 35 general practices
  • A large regional health service
  • A range of small rural health services.

North East Victoria

  • Eight LGAs
  • Population approx. 171,685
  • Total land area of 16,522 sq km.
  • 47 general practices
  • Two regional and rural health services
  • A range of small rural health services.

Central Victoria

  • Six LGAs
  • Population approx. 225,924
  • Total land area of 21,220 sq km.
  • 70 general practices
  • A large regional health service
  • Three Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO)
  • 13 small rural health services
  • Two bush nursing hospitals
  • Five community health centres.

Introductory sessions

Albury

Murray PHN hosted a discussion in Albury on Tuesday 18 August 2015 to explore the opportunities to improve primary health care in the region.

The event was attended by approximately 50 people, representing 23 organisations. Below is the summary of topics and discussion outlined at the event.

Mildura

Murray PHN hosted a discussion in Mildura on Tuesday 15 September 2015 to explore the opportunities to improve primary health care in the region.

The event was attended by approximately 70 people, representing 33 organisations. Below is the summary of topics and discussion outlined at the event.

Shepparton

Murray PHN hosted a discussion in Shepparton on Tuesday 20 October 2015 to explore the opportunities to improve primary health care in the region.

The event was attended by approximately 67 people, representing 33 organisations. Below is the summary of topics and discussion outlined at the event.