Brisbane South PHN is pleased to release the third Needs Assessment for the Brisbane south region.

Brisbane South PHN CEO, Ms Sue Scheinpflug, said this year’s needs assessment was centred on the organisation’s key themes of “people and place”.

“We are committed to improving person-centred care in our region.  Our assessment was conducted with an increased focus on the health and wellbeing of people across the lifespan, from infancy to ageing and palliative care. We also looked closely at vulnerable population groups, and the geographic locations in our region that have high needs and limited access to the health services they need,” Ms Scheinpflug said.

As the largest PHN in Queensland by population size, there are close similarities between the Brisbane South PHN community and health status profile and the Queensland benchmarks.

“However, once we took a closer look at the discrete population groups in our region, we were able to identify some real disparities in health and health services across our region,” Ms Scheinpflug said.

“This ability to zoom in locally, showed that children and youth, older adults and vulnerable populations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, multicultural and refugee populations, LGBTIQ communities, people living with a disability, people experiencing domestic and family violence and people experiencing homelessness) are in need of focused action,

“We have also been able to identify places in three different geographic groups that have specific needs.  These are locations of greatest need (Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Brisbane Inner, Browns Plains, Forest Lake – Oxley, Holland Park – Yeronga, Loganlea – Carbook, Springwood – Kingston), locations which have rapid growth challenges (Yarrabilba), and more isolated locations that have issues with health care access and coordination and provision of care (Bay Islands).”

Ms Scheinpflug said the Needs Assessment revealed specific health challenges within the Brisbane South region, including:

  • chronic conditions
    • cardiovascular conditions (such as heart disease and stroke)
    • chronic respiratory conditions (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma)
    • diabetes
    • musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis and back problems)
  • cancers
  • mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and suicide, and
  • the availability of end-of-life care.

The Needs Assessment also identified four areas within the health system that require greater focus.  These were improving the community’s access and ability to navigate the health system, improving health literacy, ensuring equitable size and distribution of the health care workforce, and the application of technology and data in the provision of health services.

“In the coming year Brisbane South PHN will focus on these priorities to guide future action in improving health and wellbeing across our region.”

You can access the full Brisbane South PHN 2018 Needs Assessment here.