Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are local organisations that connect health services across a specific geographic area, with the boundaries defined by the Australian Government Department of Health.
In the report, a PHN area refers to the population that lives in the geographic area covered by a particular PHN. The results in the report relate to the period before PHNs were established; therefore, the findings do not reflect the performance of PHNs.
Metropolitan and regional PHN areas
PHN area boundaries align well with the ABS remoteness category of major cities.2 A PHN area was categorised as a metropolitan PHN area if at least 85% of the population was in the major cities category. All other PHN areas were categorised as regional PHN areas. See Table 1 for the metropolitan or regional classification of each PHN area.
Table 1: Metropolitan and regional Primary Health Network areas
|Primary Health Network area||Proportion of the population* in major cities†|
|Metropolitan Primary Health Network areas|
|Central and Eastern Sydney (NSW)||100%|
|Australian Capital Territory||100%|
|Western Sydney (NSW)||99%|
|Northern Sydney (NSW)||99%|
|South Eastern Melbourne (Vic)||98%|
|Gold Coast (Qld)||98%|
|Perth South (WA)||98%|
|Perth North (WA)||98%|
|North Western Melbourne (Vic)||96%|
|Eastern Melbourne (Vic)||96%|
|Brisbane South (Qld)||96%|
|Brisbane North (Qld)||95%|
|South Western Sydney (NSW)||90%|
|Nepean Blue Mountains (NSW)||85%|
|Regional Primary Health Network areas|
|Hunter New England and Central Coast (NSW)||64%|
|South Eastern NSW||53%|
|Darling Downs and West Moreton (Qld)||34%|
|Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast||31%|
|North Coast (NSW)||14%|
|Murray (Vic, NSW)||0%|
- ABS Estimated Resident Population at 30 June 2013
- Major cities – as defined by the ABS Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Areas.2
2. ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2015. National Health Survey: First Results, 2014–15. ABS Cat. No. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 26 October 2016, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4364.0.55.001External link, opens in a new window.