Needs Analysis

Comprehensive Needs Analysis

The development of a Comprehensive Needs Analysis (CNA) is essential to the success of delivering better health care across Western Queensland and will require the PHN to work closely with all our health service providers to identify the priority health needs for each region.

Consultation will include our health partners:

  • General Practices
  • Aboriginal Medical Services
  • Royal Flying Doctors Services
  • Allied Health Practices
  • Hospital and Health Services
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
  • Health Workforce Queensland
  • Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health
  • Queensland Health
  • CheckUP (Australian Government funded rural outreach commissioning agent)

In 2013-14 each of the Medicare Locals completed a comprehensive needs assessment (CNA) for their region. The PHN has access to these final reports and will undertake a review and analysis of these documents to identify the priority health needs already identified by the Medicare Local needs assessment.

We will also study data held by the HHSs and prepare a preliminary needs analysis for each region. These will then be discussed with the Community Advisory Network (CAN) groups and the Regional Clinical Councils to identify local and regional priorities.

The CNA for each region will be the fundamental document underpinning resource allocation decisions of WQPCC.

The flow of information into the final CNA incorporates the specific requirements of each region and will provide evidence to the clinical councils and the WQPCC staff.  The flow is visually represented below.

CNA Flow