In 2015, the Australian Government established 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs). These networks have been established to increase 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 Primary Health Networks are well placed to be influential in improving the outcomes for people affected directly or indirectly by mental illness and suicide.
The Primary Health Networks have a very broad, tactical and influential role in contributing to suicide prevention, early intervention and in reducing the stigma associated with suicide/attempted suicide and mental illness in Australia.
The PHNs as part of their funding arrangements with the Commonwealth Department of Health are expected to undertake planning implementation and commissioning of regionally orientated community-based suicide prevention activities, through developing a more integrated and systems-based approach in partnership with Local Hospital Networks (LHNs) and other local organisations including Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services.
The Life in Mind portal will be a central collaborative source of additional information, evidence and support to the PHNs when exploring, planning and promoting suicide prevention activities in their regions.