Rebbeck Academy

Commissioning Excellence Foundations

About the course

Our Commissioning Excellence Foundations (CEF) course focuses on the fundamentals of commissioning by exploring the key concepts and techniques that enable commissioning excellence.

The purpose of the CEF course is to help PHN staff build a consistently strong level of commissioning capability. The course has been rolled out to more than 700 PHN staff from 11 PHNs over the past 6 years, and we have co-designed and refined this course through close working with PHNs from across the country.

All our Rebbeck Academy courses are run online via Microsoft Teams. We use breakout rooms and virtual white boards to facilitate group discussions.

Commissioning Excellence Course Summary

2024 course dates

March 2024 CEF course:

  • Session 1: Thursday 14 March, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm

  • Session 2: Tuesday 19 March, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm

  • Session 3: Thursday 21 March, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm

  • Session 4: Tuesday 26 March, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm

    May/June 2024 CEF course:

    • Session 1: Tuesday 28 May, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm
    • Session 2: Thursday 30 May, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm
    • Session 3: Tuesday 4 June, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm
    • Session 4: Thursday 6 June, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm



    • Understanding commissioning
    • Value-based commissioning (commissioning for outcomes)
    • Health needs
    • Strategy
    • Planning
    • Co-design
    • Enhance and procure
    • Monitor and evaluate

    Learning objectives:

    • Develop consistent understanding of commissioning concepts and terminology
    • Explore the critical commissioning competencies required by PHN staff
    • Localise commissioning concepts in an Australian commissioning context through practical application of techniques
    • Reinforce the strategic role of PHNs to reform health systems
    • Increase confidence to explain the value of commissioning to system partners

    AUD$1,560 (ex. GST and booking fees) per participant. PHNs with more than 5 team members attending will receive a 5% discount.

    4x half days of facilitated online learning across 2 weeks

    National and international commissioning insights

    Interactive breakout discussions with shared learnings across nationwide PHNs

    5% discount for PHNs sending 5 or more staff to encourage a shared team learning experience

    “Overall the best training I’ve been to in ages”

    “I had a serious light bulb moment when I understood why PHNs do things the way they do”