NSW Ministry of Health

The NSW Ministry of Health supports the executive and statutory roles of the Health Cluster and Portfolio Ministers. The NSW Ministry of Health assumed responsibility for supporting the Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault from 1 July 2015.

The NSW Ministry of Health also has the role of ‘system manager’ in relation to the NSW public health system, which operates more than 230 public hospitals, as well as providing community health and other public health services, for the NSW community through a network of local health districts, specialty networks and non-government affiliated health organisations, known collectively as NSW Health.

The Ministry of Health guides the development of services and investments in the NSW public health system to ensure that the health priorities of the Government’s NSW are achieved for the community of NSW.

In 2014, the NSW State Health Plan was released, to set the priorities across the system for the delivery of ‘the right care, in the right place, at the right time’ and outline the next steps we need to take to keep delivering world-class care in NSW. The Plan provides the strategic framework that brings NSW Health’s existing programs, plans and policies together, and highlights the strategies to deliver on health priorities and improved health outcomes.

NSW Kids a​nd Families

NSW Kids and Families, a board-governed statutory health corporation, provided leadership on health strategy and policy across the life course of a child from pre-conception to 24 years. This included reducing the health impact of domestic and family violence, child abuse and neglect.

From 1 November NSW Kids and Families was dissolved with a transfer of functions to a new Office of Kids and Families within the Ministry of Health. The new Office will bring together other portfolio areas arising from transfer of Women NSW to the Ministry of Health, as well as supporting the whole of NSW Government approach to vulnerable populations and social problems.

Health Organisations

New South Wales Health also comprises a number of state-wide or specialist health services:

NSW Ambulance

NSW Ambulance is responsible for providing responsive, high quality clinical care in emergency situations, including pre-hospital care, rescue, retrieval and patient transport services.

Health Infrastructure

Health Infrastructure is responsible for the delivery of the NSW Government’s major works hospital building program, under the auspices of a Board appointed by the Secretary. The Board Members each offer specialised expertise in areas of health and infrastructure delivery.

HealthShare NSW

HealthShare NSW provides corporate services and information technology services to public health organisations across NSW under the auspices of a Board appointed by the Secretary. The mission of HealthShare NSW is to provide common shared services across corporate, technology and disability services to NSW Health customers in an innovative, efficient and cost effective manner. HealthShare NSW extensive state-wide services include implementing the latest IT health information systems, providing payroll and accounts payable functions, supporting patient care through food and linen services and assisting people with a disability to live and participate in the community.

NSW Health Pathology

NSW Health Pathology is a state-wide clinical and scientific service that provides quality, reliable public pathology, forensic and analytical science services across NSW through four pathology networks.

Our pathologists are medically trained clinicians who work in public hospitals and modern laboratories, providing critical testing for NSW Health, the NSW Food Authority and local government bodies. It also supports the state’s judicial system by providing independent, objective analysis to law enforcement bodies including the police, local coroners and public prosecutors.


eHealth NSW is a distinct organisation within the NSW Ministry of Health providing state-wide leadership on the shape, delivery and management of Information Communication Technology (ICT) led healthcare.

eHealth NSW is responsible for setting eHealth strategy, policy and standards, and works with Local Health Districts (LHDs) and Health Agencies to implement state-wide core systems and ensure compliance with state-wide standards.

Health Protection NSW

Reporting to the Chief Health Officer, Health Protection NSW is responsible for surveillance and public health response in NSW including monitoring the incidence of notifiable infectious diseases and taking appropriate action to control the spread of diseases. It also provides public health advice and response to environmental issues affecting human health.

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Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks

There are 15 Local Health Districts that are responsible for providing health services in a wide range of settings, from primary care posts in the remote outback to metropolitan tertiary health centres. Eight Local Health Districts cover the greater Sydney metropolitan regions, and seven cover rural and regional NSW.

Specialty Health Network

Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network

The Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network is a state wide service that provides forensic mental health services to forensic patients as well as to adult and juvenile offenders in local courts, in custody and detention, and in the community. It also provides health services to adult offenders in police cells.

The Sydney Children's Hospital Network

The Sydney Children's Hospital Network comprises of the Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick and the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Westmead and is the largest paediatric healthcare entity in Australia, with 44,000 inpatient admissions, 86,000 Emergency Department presentations and over one million outpatient occasions of service each year. The team of over 3500 talented staff (full time equivalent) across the Network is committed to providing world-class paediatric health care in a family-focused, healing environment.

Pillar organisations

Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

The Agency for Clinical Innovation is a board-governed statutory health corporation responsible for reviewing clinical variation and supporting clinical networks in clinical guideline/pathway development with encouragement toward standardised clinical approaches based on best evidence. The Agency for Clinical Innovation works with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW.

Bureau of Health Information (BHI)

The Bureau of Health Information is a board-governed organisation that provides independent reports to government, the community and healthcare professionals about the performance of the NSW public healthcare system, including safety and quality, effectiveness, efficiency, cost and responsiveness of the system to the health needs of the people of NSW.

Cancer Institute NSW

Established in July 2003 the goal of the Cancer Institute NSW is to eradicate the burden of cancer completely, working in partnership with Government, health practitioners, researchers, cancer advocacy groups, charities and cancer sufferers. The Cancer Institute NSW is Australia’s first statewide government cancer agency, focused on reducing the incidence of cancer, increasing survival from cancer and improving the quality of life for people with cancer and their carers. The Institute also provides a source of expertise on cancer control for the Government, health service providers and medical researchers.

Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC)

The Clinical Excellence Commission is a board-governed statutory health corporation, responsible for leading safety and quality improvement in the NSW public health system. It was established in 2004 to reduce adverse events in public hospitals, support improvements in transparency and review of these events in the health system and promote improved clinical care, safety and quality in health services across NSW.

Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)

The Health Education and Training Institute is a Chief Executive-governed statutory health corporation which coordinates education and training for NSW Health staff. The Institute works closely with local health districts, specialty health networks, other public health organisations and health education and training providers to ensure that world-class education and training resources are available to support the full range of roles across the public health system including patient care, administration and support services.

Affiliated Health Organisations

St Vincent’s Health Network

St Vincent’s Hospital, the Sacred Heart Hospice at Darlinghurst and St Joseph’s Hospital at Auburn have been declared a NSW Health Network

Page Updated: Thursday 19 November 2015