One of our key responsibilities is to attract and aggregate resources for the region and allocate these fairly and efficiently.

Commissioning, guided by a set of principles and a framework, is at the core of what we do. It allows us to implement needs-based, locally appropriate, patient-centred and evidence-based solutions to address the health needs of our community.

By commissioning services at a regional level, we can better meet the needs of our catchment, as well as the diverse needs of sub-groups in our region, to support health equity. We engage local communities and local providers in the strategic development of quality services. Often, but not always, commissioning includes the procurement of services or programs.

Note that for us, commissioning is simply one approach to addressing health needs and inequities. It involves the ongoing process of assessing community requirements, determining desired outcomes, designing and implementing solutions, and monitoring the effectiveness of those solutions. Our work to address health needs and inequities also includes other approaches such as workforce development and quality improvement projects.

Expressions of interest and tenders

We use Tenderlink for all requests for tender. Other opportunities, such as expressions of interest, may be published on our Tenders and EOI page.

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The North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network commissioning cycle showing the three stages of commissioningThe commissioning cycle

Our commissioning cycle has three equally important phases.

The first phase is to develop insight through consultation, needs analysis, and researching evidence-based solutions.

The second is to plan and deliver, which includes the more visible components of commissioning, such as co-design and procurement.

The final phase is evaluation and improvement. This encompasses monitoring and assessment of the outcomes of service delivery.

Read more about the NWMPHN commissioning framework.