Our region

Quality and effectiveness

Adelaide PHN is entirely focused on improving health outcomes and the experience of health – working to ensure people get the right care, at the right place and the right time.

Dr Nick Vlachoulis


Deb Lee


APHN has commissioned more than 50 Primary Health Service Providers from across our region, to deliver much needed health services worth $20.36 million.


CEO and Chair Summary


Here we are at the end of our second successful year! Whilst our first year was a whirlwind of establishment, transition activity, commissioning frameworks and consultation, the 2016/17 year has seen us move firmly into the exciting world of co-design.


You will see detailed within this report the amount of engagement, consultation, strategic planning, commissioning, needs assessment, population health and planning, primary health care practice support, digital health and workforce support that we have undertaken. Our core focus this year has been the coordination and integration of primary health care services.  Service mapping, networking and encouraging collaboration and cooperation between providers across the spectrum of care are essential to the Adelaide PHN achieving its objectives of improving health outcomes and the person’s experience of health – right care, right place and right time.


We have continued to provide opportunities to our stakeholders to co-design innovative solutions to identified gaps and needs.  We continually strive to keep our design and our commissioned services person centred and involve all areas of our communities in the design, establishment and evaluation processes.


The work we have done and continue to do in mental health reform and new treatment services for alcohol and other drug services demonstrates the investment, passion and commitment we have for genuine reform and continuing quality improvement.  We have built excellent relationships with our providers, assisting them with capacity building resources and reflexive responses where issues and challenges arise.  Together we find the solutions to ensure that quality, effectiveness and efficiency are a joint goal.  Together, with community input and a person centre focus, we design the outcome measures that capture these elements of our services.  Measuring outcomes and the person’s experience rather than activity is quickly becoming the mantra for all our commissioned providers!


Our wonderful and expert Board is now at capacity with the ninth Director elected this year.  We look forward to another exciting, innovative and productive year and we would like to thank our wonderful Adelaide PHN staff group for the fantastic work and results we have achieved this year. Finally, we thank everyone of you, our stakeholders, across the Adelaide metropolitan region, for your ongoing positivity, passion and commitment to primary health care and the work that we need to do. We very much look forward to continuing to work with you.

Strategic plan

The APHN is a membership based and driven organisation, committed to honest and genuine community involvement and input into improving the health outcomes of people living in metropolitan South Australia.

Our Strategic Plan reflects the key objectives and priority areas from the Commonwealth Government and incorporates our core local priority areas determined by our APHN membership groups. It is a truly collaborative and integrated Strategic Plan – endorsed by the APHN Board.


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Our team

Across 2016/17, the Adelaide PHN Board continued to drive the organisation forward, providing extensive health and medical experience combined with a dedication to consult broadly and truly make a difference.

Dr Nick Vlachoulis

General Practitioner from Northern Region

Rick Albertini

Managing Partner at

Brentnalls SA

Tom Symonds

Business Development Manager at Flinders University

Dr Hendrika Meyer

Divisional Director Critical Care at Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Deb Lee

Secretary - Adelaide PHN CEO

Wayne Oldfield

Aboriginal Community Health Advocate

Professor Paul Worley

Dean of Medicine, Flinders University

Dr Vikas Jasoria

General Practitioner in Adelaide

Jill Davidson

CEO of SHine SA

Jill Davidson

CEO of SHine SA

Partnership and Engagement

Membership Groups

Membership Meetings




Each membership group produced its own plan of action, which all informed Adelaide PHN’s overarching Needs Assessment and Activity Work Plans.






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In 2016/2017, membership groups held 57 meetings to continually progress their agendas.

The membership groups comprise more than 400 people, who provide knowledge, experience and passion.

Our members represent some 277 health and health-related organisations, ensuring decisions take into account all factors.

Thirteen membership groups help inform Adelaide PHN’s decision making processes, by providing clinical, community and stakeholder input.

Kim Holmes, Chair – Mental Health, Health Priority Group

Kathy Mickan – Consumer and Carers, Health Priority Group

Capacity building



Adelaide PHN works to improve integration across the primary health care system, to help deliver better services where they are needed and when they are needed. During 2016/17, a number of important projects were launched aimed at providing significantly better outcomes for patients – from infants through to the elderly.


Learn more about HealthPathways

General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU)

Integrated Care

Find out more about the GPLU here

More information here

Many thanks


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