Primary Health Networks (PHN)

General notes:

  • The Australian Government commissioned Primary Health Networks (PHNs) from 1 July 2015, to provide funding for locally based AOD treatment services in line with community need. This funding is delivered through the Australian Government’s Drug and Alcohol Program, and aims to improve the access to, and effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatment services in the community.
  • Data presented in the dashboards are from all publicly funded AOD treatment services (which include PHN-commissioned services) that have reported to the AODTS NMDS.
  • AOD treatment agencies funded by their PHN under the Australian Government Department of Health's Drug and Alcohol Program (DAP) submitted data to the AODTS NMDS for the first time in 2016–17.
  • In these dashboards, data are presented from the 2014–15 collection year to show the trends in each PHN prior to the establishment of the boundaries.

Agencies dashboard:

  • The PHN of the agency was assigned based on the Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) of the treatment agency using the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) SA2 2016 to Primary Health Network 2017 concordance file.
  • As SA2 2016 boundaries may not correspond to PHN 2017 boundaries, some agencies may be captured in a neighbouring PHN including those in a neighbouring jurisdiction.

Main treatment for client dashboards:

  • The PHN of the client was based on the postcode of the client using the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Postal Area 2016 to Primary Health Network 2017 concordance file. Clients reporting an invalid postcode were assigned: 'PHN Unallocated' and removed from analysis. In 2018–19, 6,674 records contained invalid postcodes.
  • Results with cell sizes less than 5 have been presented as '<5' (in some cases the value is null), due to this adjustment some values may not sum to the total or 100%.
  • Data collection and reporting practices in Western Australia and Victoria are not directly comparable with data for other jurisdictions because every treatment type provided is reported as a separate episode.

Client demographics dashboard:

  • Client numbers are based on records with a valid statistical linkage key (SLK-581).
  • Client numbers are not comparable to client data published in the AODTS in Australia 2018–19 report; these dashboards present clients that attended treatment in multiple PHN locations in the collection year. The total client numbers at the PHN level are greater than the state/territory results due to finer geographic granularity of PHNs compared to the state/territory level.
  • Results with cell sizes less than 5 have been presented as '<5' (in some cases the value is null), due to this adjustment some values may not sum to the total or 100%.

Principal drug of concern dashboards:

  • The PHN of the client was based on the postcode of the client using the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Postal Area 2016 to Primary Health Network 2017 concordance file. Clients reporting an invalid postcode were assigned: 'PHN Unallocated' and removed from analysis. In 2018–19, 6,674 records contained invalid postcodes.
  • Results with cell sizes less than 5 have been presented as '<5' (in some cases the value is null), due to this adjustment some values may not sum to the total or 100%.

Jurisdiction-specific notes:

  • South Australia reports a high proportion of treatment episodes where amphetamines are the principal drug of concern due to the SA Police Drug Diversion Initiative (PDDI). In addition, adult cannabis offences are not included in the PDDI due to the SA Cannabis Expiation Notice legislation.
  • Victoria reported relatively high incidences of 'Other drugs – (miscellaneous)' due to service provider reporting practices and limitations with data systems. This system is being replaced in 2018–19.
  • In Queensland, the level of cannabis reported as the principal drug of concern is a result of police and illicit drug court diversion programs operating in the state.