Scientific rigour and pragmatic implementation are both required, combining research findings with other forms of evidence
Primary health networks (PHNs) have been part of the health landscape in Australia since July 2015. Following the Horvath review of Medicare Locals,1 they were established as locally configured organisations that could support primary health care service providers, design and deliver improved primary health care, and work with hospitals to maximise the efficiency, effectiveness and coordination of care. One key role for PHNs is to commission primary health care services that meet local needs and improve outcomes by procuring services from third party providers, applying market‐making and supply‐shaping principles.2 To do this, PHNs undertake population‐level needs analyses to identify service gaps, reduce hospital burden, and promote value for money. They also help general practices and other primary health care providers deliver community care, optimise quality and safety, and make meaningful use of electronic support systems.
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