Gippsland PHN has been established with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients and improving coordination of care to ensure better health outcomes for patients.

A key component of PHN governance is a Clinical Advisory Council (CLAC) that will report on clinical issues to influence PHN Board decisions. This ensures general practice and other health professionals are major contributors to the organisation and working together to drive local health system improvement.

The Gippsland PHN model consists of three sub-regional, GP and health professional-led Clinical Councils (Bass Coast and South Gippsland, East Gippsland and Wellington, and Latrobe and Baw Baw) that report to an overarching Gippsland Clinical Advisory Council (CLAC). The Chairs of the sub-regional Clinical Councils also sit on the CLAC in addition to three nominated Gippsland PHN Board members.

The three sub-regional Clinical Council Chairs are:

  • Dr Sue Comerford – Bass Coast & South Gippsland Clinical Council
  • Dr Patrick Kinsella – Wellington & East Gippsland Clinical Council
  • Dr Letitia Clark – Latrobe & Baw Baw Clinical Council.

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The purpose of the sub-regional Clinical Councils is to provide local support to the CLAC, in guiding the operation and strategy of Gippsland PHN. Its key roles and responsibilities include:

  • Informing the development of strategy through recommendation to the CLAC.
  • Ensuring a local population health planning focus in the context of the broader Gippsland region.
  •  Providing clinical leadership and advocacy for local initiatives which support primary health priorities.
  •  Seeking to integrate effort and efficiency of practice to improve medical and healthcare services.
  •  Reviewing, identifying and defining risk relevant to clinical service delivery.

Clinical Councils will meet at least quarterly and additionally as deemed necessary. Sitting fees will be paid to all Clinical Council members.

So how do you get in touch with a Clinical Council? Contact the Gippsland PHN Manager Communications on 03 5175 5444 or