NSW Ministry of Health is the regulatory authority for privately owned and operated private health facilities across the state. The Private Health Care Unit has responsibility on behalf of the Director General for regulating private health facilities and enforcing licensing standards under the:
The Private Health Facilities Act 2007 and the Private Health Facilities Regulation 2010 exist to ensure that the health services provided to the community by the private health sector are safe, appropriate and effective. The legislation sets out the requirements for licensing and the minimum standards of care and safety for admitted patients.
Since 1 September 2010 all licensed private health facilities have been required to comply with the Private Health Facilities Act 2007 and the licensing standards in the Private Health Facilities Regulation 2010.
The legislation specifies 18 classes of facilities including Anaesthesia class, Interventional Neuroradiology class, Radiotherapy class, Rapid Opioid Detoxification class and the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy class. The Regulation sets out the standards facilities are required to meet for each type of class. Facilities can be licenced for more than one class.
Clinicians should familiarise themselves with the legislation and review their practices in light of the legislation to determine whether their premises are appropriately licensed. Further information and assistance can be found at this website or by contacting:
Private Health Care Unit:
Telephone: +61 2 9424 5955
Fax: +61 2 9424 5960
Locked Mail Bag 961, North Sydney NSW 2059