Central Coast – Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

START August, 2022
END May, 2023
FUNDER Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN)
VALUE $39,830
PROJECT TEAM Aimee Berry, Nicholas Goodwin, Nicole Kajons, Alison Koschel, Jenny Martin, Jay Rebbeck, Brooke Sinderberry, Maya Smitran, and Dr. Elly Warren.
CONTACT Jay Rebbeck
PARTNERS Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD), Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN), the Central Coast Research Institute for Integrated Care (CCRI) and Rebbeck.

The CCLHD, HNECC PHN and CCRI initiated a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) to improve the understanding of the needs of the Central Coast population. The JSNA was designed to build on existing knowledge about the region’s population health needs and health services. It also explored the region’s non-health needs arising from the wider social determinants of health to understand the characteristics of the Central Coast population at a neighbourhood (SA2) level, including a consultation exercise with key stakeholders.


The JSNA created a database including over 67 indicators and supported a mapping tool to examine variations and trends in need across the Central Coast. The information has been used to inform the CCLHD’s Clinical Services Plan 2023-2027, and enabled the prioritisation of priority neighbourhoods within which the CCRI’s All Inclusive Care for Older People (ALICE) co-design project is being developed.