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Health Planning

The Planning and Performance Team is responsible for leading a comprehensive and iterative health-needs assessment and activity planning process for the population of Central and Eastern Sydney PHN. The ongoing development of the Needs Assessment and Activity Work Plans are key elements of the PHN’s commissioning strategy. These activities are undertaken in partnership with key partners and other stakeholders to ensure priority health needs including emerging needs are identified, and local evidence based solutions are implemented to improve the health of the region’s population.

Current versions of the Needs Assessment and Activity Work Plans for Central and Eastern Sydney PHN are available below.


The purpose of the CESPHN Needs Assessment is to identify population health needs and service gaps.The findings are intended to inform appropriate responses that support, strengthen and shape a world class, person centred primary health care system.

Refer to the Needs Assessment Guide on the Department of Health’s PHN website for a detailed outline of the approach to conducting needs assessments.

2022 Needs Assessment

Past needs assessments

2019 CESPHN Needs Assessment

2018 CESPHN Needs Assessment

2017 CESPHN Needs Assessment

2016 CESPHN Needs Assessment

Mental health needs assessments

2017 Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

Drug and alcohol needs assessments

2019 Drug and Alcohol Needs Assessment

2017 Drug and Alcohol Needs Assessment


Central and Eastern Sydney PHN works on a variety of joint plans with other organisations.

These include:


For further information, please contact the Planning Team on 1300 986 991.

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