Medicare Locals

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Primary Health Networks

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have been established by the Federal Government with the objectives of supporting the efficient and effective medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care.

Following a review of the Medicare Locals, the establishment of PHNs was recommended. Many of the former Medicare Locals are now transitioning to the new Primary Health Networks structure.

What will Primary Health Networks do?

Find out more about the role of the PHNs.

PHNs will be working directly with general practitioners, other primary health care providers (like optometrists), secondary care providers and hospitals. The Government has also agreed to six key priorities for targeted work. These are mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, health workforce, eHealth and aged care.

Location of Primary Health Networks

See which areas are covered by the PHNs in each State, by clickable map and provider.

Opportunities for involvement

Optometry Australia will be looking at the kinds of opportunities for optometrists to get involved in the PHNs, and will provide information for members as we learn more about this. You may want to contact your own local PHN for further information about the new organisations and transitional arrangements. If you have been involved with your former Medicare Local, your contacts there may be a good place to begin.


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