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Commissioning priorities update

Published 17 May 2022

NQPHN has recently undertaken a process to meet with local and funded service providers to communicate its commissioning priorities.  The following summary and accompanying infographic capture these commissioning priorities and the timeline of work for 2022-23.


Summary of works


Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

  • Commissioning for headspace Townsville and Mackay is underway through a select tender process. It is hoped that a new lead agency will be announced publicly in June.
  • A suitably qualified evaluation team is being engaged to work with NQPHN and the sector to review the current stepped model of care. In particular, NQPHN is keen to understand what is working well, what areas need improvement, and how new initiatives and opportunities can better connect with stepped care.

Population Health Priorities

  • NQPHN is currently reviewing the After Hours program and taking a 2 phased approach to commissioning. Phase 1 will see us working with existing providers to aim for better reach across the NQPHN footprint. Phase 2 will involve development of an After Hours Regional Plan and new commissioning approach to align with the Department of Health Operational Guidelines once they are released.
  • The First 1000 Days of Life framework is under development using a collaborative approach on behalf of Better Health North Queensland Alliance and involving a broad range of stakeholders.  Once the framework and Joint Implementation Plans are developed, NQPHN will work to commission the key priority initiatives identified. Stakeholder engagement is underway and has proactively sought involvement from organisations within the First Nations health, primary care, and tertiary care sectors. If you are interested in understanding more about this work please contact Melinda Hammond on email
  • Work to develop the NQPHN Chronic Conditions Management and Prevention Strategy will commence with the sector in June with an aim to complete the Strategy by September, and commission services thereafter that enable implementation of the priorities identified. Co-commissioning with other funding entities will be explored in this work, as will the encouragement of consortiums to form to mobilise priority services collaboratively.

First Nations Health

  • The Integrated Team Care (ITC) program has been commissioned. Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations will continue to deliver ITC and they will now also support general practice to provide ITC through mainstream services.
  • You can find out more about the changes to the Integrated Team Care program here

Download Commissioning priorities infographic here

Commissioning priorities update

Last updated: 17 May 2022