Brisbane South PHN undertakes an annual Needs Assessment and ongoing engagement to identify health care priorities for the region.

Once priorities are identified, we develop solutions in partnership with stakeholders and identify opportunities to engage local service providers. At this point, we will call for tenders then appoint and commission the most suitable service provider.

All of the activities involved in the tender process are undertaken in accordance with our Commissioning Principles.

Our service providers

We work with numerous health care providers in our region to deliver a broad range of services to health practices and the community.

To ensure services are delivered in accordance with industry standards and best practice principles, we require various and appropriate certifications and compliance statements from all providers before they are commissioned.

Our commissioning principles

  • Understand the needs of the community by engaging and consulting with consumer, carer and provider representatives, peak bodies, community organisations and other funders.
  • Engage potential service providers well in advance of commissioning new services.
  • Focus on outcomes rather than service models or types of interventions.
  • Adopt a whole-of-system approach to meeting health needs and delivering improved health outcomes.
  • Understand the fullest practical range of providers, including the contribution they could make to delivering outcomes and addressing market failure and gaps.
  • Co-design solutions and engage with stakeholders, including consumer representatives, peak bodies, community organisations, potential providers and other funders, to develop outcome-focused solutions.
  • Consider investing in the capacity of providers and consumers, particularly in relation to hard-to-reach groups.
  • Ensure procurement and contracting processes are transparent and fair, facilitating the involvement of the broadest range of suppliers, including alternative arrangements such as consortia building where appropriate.
  • Manage through relationships and work in partnership, building connections at multiple levels of partner organisations and facilitate links between stakeholders.
  • Develop environments high in trust through collaborative governance, shared decision-making and collective performance management.
  • Ensure efficiency and value for money.
  • Monitor and evaluate through regular performance reports and consumer, community and provider feedback and independent evaluation.


Psychosocial Support for Children and Young People (National Psychosocial Support Measure Expansion Pilot)

Brisbane South PHN and Metro South Hospital and Health Service led a collaborative review to understand the Mental Health Needs of Child and Young People in Logan/Beaudesert. The review identified a consistent increase in presentations of children and young people with complex psychosocial needs, and co-occurring onset of severe mental illness across service streams. In order to address the service gap for young people with severe mental illness requiring complex psychosocial support, Brisbane South PHN gained approval from Department of Health to focus a proportion of National Psychosocial Support Measure (NPSM) funding towards embedding psychosocial supports for children and young people in the Logan/Beaudesert area. This response will be linked to clinical and non-clinical services and will deliver an integrated approach to meeting young people’s needs. The purpose of the NPSM is to provide psychosocial support services to assist people with severe mental illness resulting in reduced psychosocial functional capacity, who are not more appropriately supported through the NDIS. These services, in partnership with families and carers, provide a range of non-clinical community-based support to these individuals to achieve recovery goals.

The Child and Youth NPSM Pilot is intended to provide for young people with severe mental illness requiring complex psychosocial support in the Logan/Beaudesert areas. This response will be linked to clinical and non-clinical services and will deliver an integrated approach to meeting young people’s needs. This proposed pilot project will target two age cohorts: children (8 – 12 years) and their families; and adolescents (with an anticipated greatest demand for 16 year-olds).

The services could be provided by a range of workers including peer support workers with lived experience of mental illness, but must align with evidence-based best practice models for working with children and young people.

The focus should be on building capacity and connectedness at the times this is most needed, rather than providing ongoing support. Ideally services should be embedded within or linked to clinical services to support an integrated team approach to meeting the needs of people with severe mental illness, and form part of a multi-agency care plan. Services should have a strong recovery focus and be trauma-informed.

Brisbane South PHN will work with the selected service delivery partner/s, and other key stakeholders, to develop a response that focuses on an early intervention, capacity-building approach to support stability across fundamental areas of a young person’s life, including building and improving family connections, social skills and friendship; education and employment goals; building life skills; managing drug and alcohol issues and building capability to engage across multiple clinical and non-clinical agencies. The response will include embedding a sustainable approach to long term support. This may include supporting young people and their families to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Funding is available for FY 20/21 only. Service models should consider how support may be completed in-year, and plan for longer-term linkages with existing support services, building participants and their families towards independent self-management, and other transition arrangements.

Applicants may wish to express interest in working with one or both age cohorts as outlined in the Expression of Interest.

Brisbane South PHN will work with short listed applicants to further detail and scope a service delivery model and specifications following the closure date of EoI.

For more details visit Tenderlink. Applications close 28 October 2020 at 3 pm AEST.

Tender and submission writing course for medical practices

This free online course includes a short series of webinars and practical tools to provide Practice Managers and others within a practice with the foundation skills and knowledge to write effective tenders and submissions on behalf of your medical practice. This course aims to provide a structure to help people identify what the commissioning body is really looking for, and be ‘tender ready’. For more information and to enrol click here 

Find out more

You can contact us to find out more about current tenders, our tender assessment process or our commissioning process.

Contracts team
Phone: 07 3864 7555
Email: contracts@bsphn.org.au

To keep up to date with our current tenders, visit Tenderlink.

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