The healthcare system of the Mid North Coast and Northern NSW is under increasing pressure. Consistent with much of the Western World, the demand for healthcare services in the region is at levels previously unseen.

Population forecasts for the region, combined with global trends, indicate that the demand for healthcare services will continue to grow. Whereas the growth in demand for healthcare services shows no signs of slowing, the funding available to service the demand is under pressure.

Meeting the needs of the population in the region over the short, medium and long-term requires a collaborative approach that best utilises constrained resources while delivering appropriate and equitable health outcomes.

Collaborative Commissioning

Initially a partnership between Healthy North Coast (delivering the PHN program on behalf of the Commonwealth) and both Mid North Coast LHD and Northern NSW LHD, North Coast Collective was developed as a cross-sectoral approach to optimising health outcomes in our region.

This shared approach involves joint planning and priority setting, shared resourcing, and a commitment to pursuing the best return on investment for health outcomes.

This signals a dedicated commitment from our three founding organisations (and their boards) to commit to an unprecedented level of transparency and cooperation to achieve system reform.

The agreed vision is to transition over time from our current disjointed approach to service commissioning and delivery to a dedicated regional commissioning model, thus recognising that even by delivering ‘best practice’ programming in our relative sectors we are often still failing to provide joined-up services which consumers can navigate and which result in optimal health and wellness outcomes.

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