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Regional Planning Coordinator - Healthy Minds Healthy Lives (HMHL)

Full Time

Location: Springfield or Toowoomba

We have an exciting opportunity for a Regional Planning Coordinator to join our future focused and rewarding organisation. This role reports to the Director – Mental Health and is a key member of the Healthy Minds Healthy Lives (HMHL) partnership.

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN (PHN) is a not for profit organisation that works at a regional level to achieve improved whole of system health care.

Our key objectives are to:

  • increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients—particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and
  • improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Our PHN achieves this by working with local health care stakeholders and community to:

  • fund programs and services based on local health needs;
  • support primary health care professionals, like GPs, general practice staff and allied health professionals, to improve the care they provide to their patients; and
  • support the development of a local sustainable health care workforce.

About the role:

This role is central to the coordination and implementation of joint regional planning activities and providing the connecting function between partner agencies, the PHN, West Moreton Hospital and Health Service (WMH) and Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDH).

This role will take a systems approach to developing and better integrating mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drugs responses to support seamless access along the care continuum, with a particular focus on collaboration and integration between primary services commissioned by the PHN and tertiary services delivered by the WMH and DDH across the region. .

Key purpose of the role:

  • In alignment with identified and emergent HMHL Joint Regional Plan priorities, work with the HMHL Governance Group to collectively deliver on the focus areas of the vision.
  • Utilise project management to drive, coordinate, monitor, and report on progress against the HMHL plan’s priorities, including enabling associated working and priority groups, and project activities.
  • Work closely with the PHN team and other key stakeholders to ensure that commissioned responses are well integrated and aligned with the joint regional planning priorities, embedding systems thinking as a core part of our commissioning approach.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally, including other PHNs, Hospital and Health Services (HHS), government bodies, national organisations, and local services.
  • Provide advice and thought leadership to inform the development and implementation of innovative evidence-based service delivery models in collaboration with system stakeholders, including opportunities for joint commissioning.
  • Contribute to the strong governance and continuous improvement of joint regional planning and commissioning practice and process across the partnership.
  • Contribute to embedding the engagement of people with lived experience in all aspects of joint regional planning through facilitation of the Lived Experience Group and co-development and implementation of a Lived Experience Strategy.

Selection Criteria:

  • Relevant tertiary education in health or human services, public health or health service planning or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated systems thinking approach supported by strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to operationalise concepts, transform ideas into action and apply research findings.
  • High level knowledge and understanding of contemporary evidence-based service delivery models, planning, strategies, and guiding policy documents across mental health, AOD and suicide prevention including current challenges and reforms.
  • Experience in undertaking health research, needs assessment, and/or developing health service plans with the ability to motivate, influence and gain commitment.
  • Ability to nurture strong working relationships and drive change processes with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Exceptional project management skills and experience and the ability to apply program and project management tools, processes, and methodologies and embed relevant frameworks to affect systems change.
  • Strong understanding of system complexity and the ability to operate effectively in a changing and challenging environment.

Benefits of working with us:

  • Great remuneration including salary packaging
  • Challenging and rewarding role
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Generous leave entitlements including a monthly RDO and 5 weeks annual leave
  • Flexible work arrangements

All enquiries should be directed to Kate McLoughlin via email

Applications close COB 24th July 2024.

To apply for this position, please do so via the SEEK link ensuring you include a Resume and Cover Letter that addresses your suitability against the selection criteria (max 2 pages).

For more information, contact Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN at