Local Health Districts and Speciality 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
The Justice and Forensic Mental Health 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 comprises of the Sydney Childrens 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.
NSW Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health supports the executive and statutory roles of the NSW Minister for Health, and Minister for Medical Research, as well as the Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Healthy Lifestyles. It monitors the performance of organisations in the NSW public health system, known collectively as NSW Health.
The Ministry of Health also guides the development of services and investments in the NSW public health system to ensure that the health priorities of the Government’s NSW 2021: A Plan to Make NSW Number One are achieved for the community of NSW.
The two priorities are:
New South Wales Health also comprises a number of statewide or specialist health services:
Responsible for the delivery of front line pre-hospital care, medical retrieval and health related transport.
Health Infrastructure is supported by an Executive Board who provide overall strategic guidance in the delivery of major health projects for the state and reports to the NSW Ministry of Health Director General. The Board Members each offer specialised expertise in areas of health and infrastructure delivery.
Health Protection is responsible for surveillance and public health response in New South Wales, 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.
The mission of Health Support Services is to provide common shared services across corporate, technology and disability services to NSW Health customers in an innovative, efficient and cost effective manner. Health Support Services extensive statewide 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 responsible for the provision of high quality, innovative public pathology and analytical science services across NSW. Pathology is a critical clinical and scientific service that is essential to supporting our health and judicial systems. Our 73 laboratories are integrated within all Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks. Our team of over 3600 staff (full time equivalent) assist clinicians throughout NSW Health everyday by providing timely and quality diagnostic results. Our Forensic and Analytical services provide critical support to coronial processes. NSW Health Pathology is dedicated to the advancement of public pathology and analytical services through a culture of continuous improvement and the support of research and innovation within laboratories
The Office for Health and Medical Research (OHMR) plays a crucial role in supporting the State’s leading health and medical research efforts. OHMR helps support the broad range of outstanding health and medical research efforts being carried out in NSW.
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
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