Creating a healthier, better connected Gippsland.

2022/2023 Commissioning Program

We encourage you to check back for updates as this page will be continually updated throughout the commissioning process. You can read more about Gippsland PHN's Commissioning strategy here

What's Happening?

Evaluation of submissions received in response to the the following Requests for Tenders has now been completed:

  • 2022/2023 Alcohol and Other Drugs Services
  • 2022/2023 Primary Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Stepped Care Services

Contract negotiations have commenced with successful tenderers and unsuccessful tenderers have been notified.

Transition planning has been undertaken in order to ensure continuity of service.

Gippsland PHN will publish a list of successful providers in due course.

New contracts will commence from 1 July 2022 with an end date of 30 June 2023.

We would like to thank all tenderers for their submissions and for their interest in providing commissioned health services to Gippsland communities.

We encourage all providers to keep their registration details with Tenderlink updated so that they will be automatically notified of open tenders and also to monitor this page for information on upcoming procurement opportunities. 

Indicative Tender Timeline

Commissioning Services - The Strategy

The aim of this strategy is to ensure Gippsland PHN are commissioning services which effectively meet the current needs of the Gippsland community.

In line with our improvement cycle and governance framework, Gippsland PHN is enhancing its commissioning processes by moving to an outcomes focused commissioning approach.

Gippsland PHN are committed to improving the health outcomes for our community.

PHN’s are funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health to deliver Primary Mental Health Care (PMHC) and Suicide Prevention services and Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services.

The aim of the Gippsland PHN PMHC and Suicide Prevention Stepped Care Program is to provide access to primary mental health and suicide prevention programs within a stepped care model to improve the overall health and wellbeing of people living in Gippsland.

The aim of the Gippsland PHN AOD Program is to support the existing AOD service system to reduce the impact of substance misuse on individuals, families, carers and communities and improve the overall health and wellbeing of people living in Gippsland.

Funding provided under Gippsland PHN’s PMHC and AOD Program(s) will be subject to a tender process in the 2022/2023 financial year. This means current PMHC and AOD service providers funded by Gippsland PHN will be invited to apply for funding for the 2022/23 financial year.

The Indigenous Dual Diagnosis Service (IDDS) is exempt from this process.

PMHC and AOD commissioning will align with Gippsland PHN’s 2021 population health needs assessment (which includes stakeholder and community consultation), to meet local need, catchment priorities and service gaps. Models of care will be informed by evidence-based approaches; the Productivity Commission report into Mental Health; and outcomes from the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health Services and the Inquiry into Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

A co-design approach will be undertaken whereby Gippsland PHN will invite stakeholders to be involved in the process. 

Gippsland PHN have not run a tender process for core PMHC and AOD services since 2017. Current commissioned services are therefore based on the population health needs assessment conducted several years ago.

Gippsland PHN will consider entering into Service Order Agreements with successful tenderers for the 2022/23 period subject to Commonwealth and State funding arrangements and contract negotiations with successful tenderers.

Gippsland PHN will use our website as the central point of information. We encourage you to check back for updates as this page will be continuously updated throughout the commissioning process.  Commissioning at Gippsland PHN is informed by the Commissioning Governance Framework and commissioning cycle:

Frequently Asked Questions - The Process

Gippsland PHN will continue to fund (approved) existing PMHC and AOD service providers during the 2021/22 financial year. Service providers (both existing and new) will be invited to apply for PMHC and AOD funding for the 2022/23 financial year. The tender process will be facilitated throughout the current (2021/22) financial period, enabling sufficient time for consultation and planning to occur.

Tendering will take place within the 2021/22 financial year, with service delivery commencing from 1 July 2022.

The tender was released on Monday  22 November 2021 and closed at 5:00 pm on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

Gippsland PHN advertises all funding opportunities via the illion Tenderlink platform. A link to the platform can also be found on Gippsland PHN’s website.

illion Tenderlink is the online tender portal Gippsland PHN uses to advertise tender opportunities. Register now to receive email alerts of all new tender opportunities as soon as they are advertised. Registration is free via this link.

Public tendering is an approach to the whole market which will stimulate competition and enable innovation. Creating a competitive environment provides an opportunity to procure the best services available for the Gippsland community.

The Gippsland PHN website will be used as the central point for information regarding the 2022/23 commissioning strategy.

Frequently Asked Questions - Outcomes Orientated Commissioning

Commissioning for outcomes goes beyond the traditional output focused commissioning approaches and puts in place measures to understand the overall impact and/or achievement of a service, as aligned to its intended outcome. Achievement of service outcomes is informed by the service user and measured by outcomes indicators (e.g. K10/K5, WHODAS, client experience measures), as opposed to traditional metrics such as activity and/or sessional data reporting.

Outcomes are partly driven by funding requirements, however also driven by the population health needs of local communities. An outcomes based approach to commissioning puts patients and the community at the centre of all thinking and action which involves co-design, engagement and/or making commissioning decisions in collaboration, and with input from the community.

PHN’s are required by the Commonwealth Department of Health to conduct local Needs Assessment planning on a periodic basis. Gippsland PHN uses its Needs Assessment to inform procurement strategies helping to ensure commissioned services effectively meet the needs of Gippsland residents.

Services commissioned in the 2022/23 financial year will be informed by the Gippsland 2021 Needs Assessment to ensure commissioned services meet the needs of local communities. Consultation with stakeholders (including community) is factored into the Needs Assessment.

Co-design is the process of partnering with stakeholders to collaboratively develop a strategy, service or approach, ensuring a viable outcome is reached. Involvement of people with a lived experience is a priority for Gippsland PHN when implementing a co-design approach.

There are many different ways to be involved – this could be completing a survey or attending a workshop. We recommend staying up to date via the Gippsland PHN website.

Models of care will be informed through Gippsland PHN’s co-design approach. This involves local needs assessment consultation with stakeholders and local communities, consideration of population health data to identify priority issues and service gaps and recommendations from the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health Services, the Productivity Commission report into Mental Health, and the Inquiry into Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

Service models may look similar to some of those currently funded by Gippsland PHN, while others may look different. It’s important to remember that this will be informed by the needs of the Gippsland community.

Local needs assessment sets the foundation of PHN commissioning, ensuring the services we procure are tailored to our local communities, acknowledging the diversity of demographics, needs and local service sectors across regions.