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

Justice and Forensic Mental 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

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.

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 Assistant Minister for Health. 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.

In 2014, the NSW State Health Plan: Towards 2021 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.


Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

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 about the performance of the NSW public healthcare system.

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.

Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC)

The Clinical Excellence Commission is responsible for leading safety and quality improvement in the NSW public health system. It was established in 2004 to promote and support improved clinical care, safety and quality across NSW.

Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)

The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) undertakes a core role in supporting the NSW Health system in its education and training requirements. HETI works closely with local health districts, specialty health networks, other public health organisations and health education and training providers to ensure the development and delivery of health education and training across the NSW Health System.

NSW Kids and Families

NSW Kids and Families work closely with children, young people, families, communities and peak organisations who seek practical ways to reduce illness, injury, violence and abuse or mitigate its impact on the health and development of children in the context of their families and communities.

Other Health Organisations

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

NSW Ambulance

Responsible for the delivery of front line pre-hospital care, medical retrieval and health related transport.

Health Infrastructure

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 Secretary. The Board Members each offer specialised expertise in areas of health and infrastructure delivery.

Health Protection NSW

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.

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HealthShare NSW

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.

Our pathologists are medically trained clinicians who work in public hospitals and modern laboratories, supporting Local Health Districts, Specialty Networks and the needs of their patients.

Our forensic and analytical science service provides 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.

Office of Health and Medical Research

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


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.

Related NSW Organisations

Health Care Complaints Commission

The Health Care Complaints Commission acts to protect public health and safety by resolving, investigating and prosecuting complaints about health care.

Health Professional Councils Authority

The Health Professional Councils Authority is an administrative body that supports the 14 health professional Councils to perform their regulatory and legislative functions under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Mental Health Commission of NSW

The Mental Health Commission of NSW is an independent body which helps drive reform that benefits people who experience mental illness and their families and carers. The Commission is working with the community towards sustained improvement in the support offered to people who experience mental illness and in their access to employment, education, housing, justice and general healthcare.

Page Updated: Monday 12 January 2015