Improving the health and wellbeing of people across the HNECC PHN region

HPC is funded by the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) to coordinate delivery of PAHS across a range of rural and regional settings in the Hunter.

The aim of the Priority Allied Health Services (PAHS) program is to improve the health and wellbeing of people across the HNECC PHN region by increasing access to a range of primary and allied health services and activities provided in targeted communities and improving the local linkages between allied health and general practice. It is primarily focused on residents living in small and more rural locations with identified health needs.

Current services in our region

  • Diabetes Education: Aberdeen, Denman, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook, Scone
  • Dietetics: Muswellbrook, Scone, Singleton, Bulahdelah, Dungog, Forster, Gloucester, Taree, Wingham
  • Podiatry: Scone, Muswellbrook
  • Speech Pathology: Gloucester, Forster, Taree

The objectives of the PAHS program

  • Provide and maintain access to supplementary allied health and primary care services that are based on identified health needs in each community.
  • Promote coordinated, multi-disciplinary team based approaches to the provision of integrated primary health care services.
  • Provide and maintain access to relevant health promotion and preventative health programs and activities designed to promote health and wellbeing.
  • Encourage people in rural and remote Australia to adopt or modify behaviours to better manage their health and wellbeing.
  • Reduce barriers and improve access to primary health care Services for older people who are living in a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) or in the community.

Eligibility criteria

Pensioner, Health Care Card holder or low income earner who would not otherwise be able to access a local service


Referrals are primarily through the patient’s regular General Practitioner. In Rural Communities referrals can also be by a nurse in a specialist role or by an allied health professional.

For further information regarding the PAHS program contact Gail Lowe at