We contract primary health services for country South Australians.

Our teams live and work in regional South Australia and use this local knowledge to help determine which health services are needed and who is best placed to provide them.



Our six key priority areas are:

Aged Care

Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drugs

Population Health

Aboriginal Health

Digital Health

Health Workforce

Strategic Flowchart

Good Governance

National Priorities

A core set of priorities has been set at a national level by the Government, priorities include:

  • reduced avoidable hospitalisations and emergency department presentations;
  • improved health outcomes for people with complex chronic conditions.

National Headline Indicators

These indicators reflect government priorities:

  • potentially preventable hospitalisations;
  • childhood immunisation rates;
  • cancer screening rates (cervical, breast, bowel); and
  • mental health treatment rates (including for children and adolescents).

Our Mission

Our mission is to bridge the gap of health inequity and access in rural South Australia by building a collaborative and responsive country SA health care system. We are committed to improving the patient ‘experience’ of the health system. We will;

  • Act with integrity and transparency
  • Make timely decisions of the highest ethical standard
  • Be responsive to individual, community and provider needs within local communities
  • Meet challenges with innovative and responsive solutions
  • Foster, enable and facilitate partnerships that enrich and improve rural health services, activities and systems
  • Be flexible, adaptable and responsive to continuous quality improvement and evaluation outcomes
  • Remain connected to local communities in their respective settings
  • Be held accountable by those we serve as a provider, enabler, facilitator, funder or contractor.
  • Maintain a robust and transparent governance framework, meeting the standards of the Australian Corporations Act (2001), the ASC Principles of Effective Governance and other laws and practices as they apply.

Our Region

Country SA PHN covers all of South Australia, apart from the Adelaide metropolitan area. This means Country SA PHN covers 99.8% of the State geographically and approximately 30% of SA’s total population. The Country SA PHN boundaries align with the local health network, Country Health SA.

Strategies of Engagement With General Practice