On 1 July 2015, the Australian Government established 31 Primary Health Networks to replace the existing Medicare Local system with the objectives of:
• increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes; and
• improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
The Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is a joint venture between the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and GP Connections and is overseen by a Board of Directors and operated as an independent non-government private entity.
DDWMPHN works with GPs, allied and mental health professionals, practice nurses, practice managers, the Hospital and Health Services and our key stakeholders to develop and deliver a seamless healthcare system that fulfils the primary healthcare needs of our community.
The Darling Downs and West Moreton regions have a combined population of over 530,000 people with differing needs across the communities. From urban to rural communities, individuals and families, diverse cultural groups and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the DDWMPHN knows that a 'one size fits all' approach to primary health care simply does not work. Through genuine and active engagement, education and training opportunities and partnerships, we will continue to work in the Darling Downs and West Moreton areas to ensure accessible and appropriate primary health care.