Regional partnerships

Regional partnerships allow us to establish appropriate local arrangements to achieve the best for communities.

To ensure local needs and priorities are being addressed through the commissioning process, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) actively participates in a range of regional partnerships with other health and community organisations and providers.

These regional partnerships include:

Shared Vision for the Growing North

  • Where is it?

    Hume, Whittlesea and Mitchell local government areas.

  • What is it?

    The Shared Vision for the Growing North partnership focuses on the outer-north growth corridor. It works to coordinate community projects in the region that help to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families.

    The partnership has identified four priority areas:

    1. Active ageing
    2. Chronic disease
    3. Healthy children and families
    4. Mental health.

    Read more about how the partnership is evolving in 2022 here.

  • Who’s involved?

    • Northern Health (auspice)
    • Dianella Health
    • Plenty Valley Community Health
    • NorthWestern Mental Health
    • Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network
    • North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network
    • Nexus
    • Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership
    • Lower Hume PCP
    • Women’s Health in the North
    • Victorian Department of Education
    • Victorian Department of Health and Human Services – North Division
    • City of Whittlesea
    • Hume City Council
    • Mitchell Shire

Better Health North East Melbourne

  • Where is it?

    Banyule, Darebin and Nillumbik local government areas.

  • What is it?

    Better Health North East Melbourne (BHNEM) is a region-wide platform of service providers and organisations focused on primary health care system collaboration. Its purpose is to improve health outcomes for people in Melbourne’s north east, including in the Banyule, Darebin and Nillumbik local government areas.

    BHNEM aims to enhance primary health care services in community-based settings to support the management of chronic illness, including chronic mental illness, for people at risk of poor health outcomes.

    It facilitates better alignment of primary and secondary health care service providers to reduce avoidable hospital admissions through improved community-based models of care.


  • Who’s involved?

    Organisations currently part of the BHNEM governance group include:

    • Banyule Community Health
    • Darebin Community Health
    • healthAbility/Nillumbik Health
    • Austin Health
    • Department of Health and Human Services – North Division
    • EMPHN
    • NWMPHN.

The Collaborative

  • Where is it?

    Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Merri-bek and Yarra local government areas.

  • What is it?

    Rising chronic disease rates and an ageing population are already major issues for everyone working in and accessing health care.

    The Collaborative is four leading health organisations in Melbourne, working to create joint solutions to these shared health care problems.

    The Collaborative is committed to working together to improve patient care, outcomes and pathways for their shared community.

  • Who’s involved?

    • cohealth
    • The Royal Melbourne Hospital
    • Merri Health
    • North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network

Better Health Plan for the West

  • Where was it?

    Western region of Melbourne (the local government areas of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton and Wyndham, and the towns of Bacchus Marsh and Sunbury).

  • What was it?

    This project has now concluded.

    Through a ‘collective impact’ approach, BHP4W has shaped the way local health services respond to the complex needs of one of Australia’s fastest growing and most diverse regions.

    Since the partnership was first established in 2011, the overarching goal of the BHP4W has always been to build a strong health system in Melbourne’s West to deliver better health and improved wellbeing for local people.

    As BHP4W’s auspice agency, NWMPHN has provided information and resources to build collective capacity and help advocate for the continuity of services, combining capabilities with partners to deliver the greatest collective impact.

    Various projects have helped the partnership to better understand these collective impact initiatives, including Children and Families, which was an area of focus for the partnership.

    Summary report (.pdf)

  • Who was involved?

    BHP4W was a partnership of many agencies across primary health care, acute health, government, social support and other sectors delivering services in the western region of Melbourne. Key partners included:

    • NWMPHN (auspice organisation)
    • cohealth
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Djerriwarrh Health Services
    • HealthWest Partnership
    • IPC Healthcare
    • LeadWest
    • local government (Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Wyndham)
    • NorthWestern Mental Health
    • Sunbury Community Health
    • Werribee Mercy
    • Western Health.