NSW Health is reforming the way in which it works with and funds the Non-Government sector to deliver health and related services to people and communities across NSW.
Partnerships for Health
Following the detailed review of the grants system in 2012 by the Grants Management Improvement Program Taskforce, NSW Health developed Partnerships for Health to respond to the recommendations made in the Taskforce Report.
The reforms outlined in Partnerships for Health aim to:
- Provide greater transparency to the community in how NSW Health works with and funds the NGO sector
- Align the services provided by the NGO sector more closely with NSW Health’s priorities
- Increase accountability for delivery and performance, and improve value of money.
- Streamline processes and reduce bureaucracy
- Increase opportunities for partnership with the NGO sector
Communications to NGO partners
In December 2016, NSW Health circulated a Partnerships for Health program update to all NGOs currently recieving Ministerially approved grants, which is provided below. The communication also attached a document outlining expected key milstones over the coming financial years for program areas that comprise Partnerships for Health.
NSW Health can now advise that base funding for non-government organisations (NGOs) delivering services as partners for 2017-18 has been approved, subject to the maintenance of funding in the 2017 State Budget.
During 2016-17, NSW Health has continued to work closely with its NGO partners to determine reform directions, future priorities and new key performance indicators across program streams. Further information outlining progress this year in each area and planning for 2017-18 is provided in the attached NGO Reform: Key Program Milestones – Communications Summary.
Across program streams, extensive consultation is now taking place or will commence early in 2017 between NSW Health and NGOs to determine individual purchasing arrangements for 1 July 2017 and beyond.
It is anticipated that a number of program streams will move to longer term purchasing arrangements with associated performance frameworks. This will allow NSW Health to maintain and extend partnerships with the NGO sector to deliver on government priorities.
Some arrangements will continue on a one year basis with plans to work to ensure alignment with government priorities and directions, and improved outcomes against performance frameworks.
It is expected that NSW Health program streams will commence communicating with NGOs from February 2017 about individual funding arrangements for 1 July 2017. NSW Health will provide significant notice of any future changes to arrangements with NGOs.
NSW Health continues to value the important partnership its holds with NGOs. We appreciate your ongoing commitment and determination as our reform work continues to enhance the way we work together to deliver the best outcomes to the communities we serve.