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About Central and Eastern Sydney PHN



This is a short animation to explain in simple terms who we are and the work we do.

This short video explains the value of the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network to GPs, allied health and the general community.  

Primary health networks

Primary health networks (PHNs) have been established with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for individuals, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes. They also aim to improve coordination of care to ensure people receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

PHNs are not for profit, regionally based organisations which aim to strengthen primary care by redirecting frontline health services to improve health outcomes of the community.

Primary health care

Primary health care may be viewed as the first point of contact an individual has with the health system. This is often visiting the local GP, but may include a range of health professionals such as nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, dentists, physiotherapists or Aboriginal health workers.

Primary health care services address not only the immediate problem, but also include prevention and screening, chronic disease management and health promotion.

The annual Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) Primary Health Awards aims to recognise primary health care professionals and organisations that have provided exceptional service or an outstanding contribution to primary health care in the Central and Eastern region of Sydney during the financial year.

Our vision

Our vision is better health and wellbeing of the people who live and work in central and eastern Sydney.

Our work

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) prepares a comprehensive needs assessment to identify the key population health and health service needs of people in our region. We use this information to provide programs and services to deliver better health outcomes. 

CESPHN Commissions services to meet population health needs and reduce barriers to access for communities with the highest needs. The commissioned services address specific regional priorities and national health priorities as determined by the Commonwealth. CESPHN’s Commissioning Framework guides how health services will be planned, commissioned and procured.

CESPHN also works to improve primary health care such as general practice and allied health. This includes practice management support and continuing professional development

We also provide a range of programs focused on delivering integrated care with our local health districts and specialty health networks including:

The region

CESPHN provides services for the 1.5 million individuals living in the 587km² area. This includes the areas from Bondi to the Sutherland Shire in the south, and as far west as Strathfield. The population of Lord Howe Island is also included. The number of people living in the area will reach more than 1.9 million by 2031, with the most significant increase being the number of people aged over 65 years.    

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CESPHN’s boundaries align with those of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and Sydney Local Health District. 

The region incorporates 13 local government areas.Complete list of postcodes within the CESPHN catchment area. 


CESPHN is governed by the EIS Health Limited Board. CESPHN’s governance structure incorporates allied health, community and general practice through seven member companies. The member companies are eligible to nominate and elect directors to the EIS Health Limited Board, ensuring that each group has a strong and independent voice in determining health service provision as set out in EIS Health Ltd Constitution.

The seven member companies are listed below:

CESPHN also has a Clinical Council and Community Council to provide strategic advice to the Board and assist in identifying opportunities to improve access to health services. Both councils also provide advice about population health planning and the commissioning of services.


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