Tendering for PHN Contracts


Ideas for solo and small mental health practices

About the project

Are you a sole trader or a small business owner interested in delivering psychological services on behalf of Primary Health Networks?

Now that Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are establishing their regional stepped care primary mental health service models, the Australian Government Department of Health is providing this information and support for mental health clinicians who are sole traders or small business owners.

With funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, the Australian Psychological Society has worked in collaboration with the Australian Association of Social Workers, Occupational Therapy Australia, and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses to develop webinars, online training and resources.


About this training

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the stepped care approach to primary mental health in Australia

  2. Understand the role and expectations of PHNs in commissioning primary mental health services in the context of stepped care

  3. Identify the key considerations for mental health professionals in choosing to apply for PHN tenders and evaluate their own interest and capacity to apply for PHN tenders

  4. Understand the principles for successful tender writing in the context of PHN commissioning

  5. Develop a plan to facilitate the capacity of their practice to deliver quality commissioned PHN mental health care services.

This training consists of three modules:

  1. Primary mental healthcare reform and Primary Health Networks

  2. Successful Primary Health Network tendering

  3. Planning for change


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