New arrangements for governance of children and young people's health services in NSW
A new statutory health corporation, to be known as NSW Kids and Families, was established under the Health Services Act 1997 to give effect to the intent of the recommendations of the Garling Inquiry to commence on 1 July 2012. This follows the Minister’s announcement in August 2011 of the formation of an Expert Group, chaired by the Hon Ron Phillips, which consisted of a number of professionals who brought a variety of skills and experience.
The report makes a range of recommendations, including a governance structure, which will lead to improved health outcomes for children and young people in NSW. NSW Kids and Families will champion the health interests of children and young people whether they are at home, in the community or in or out of hospital. This includes health services for babies, children, adolescents, mothers, parents and families.
The continual improvement of the quality and safety of health care provided in hospital and community settings is a common goal of patients, the community and health care professionals. NSW Kids and Families will develop a long term, statewide strategic plan bringing together key parties to build a shared plan to guide the best possible health services for children and young people across NSW.
NSW Kids and Families will have a Board chaired by The Hon Ron Phillips and have the following members: Clinical Professor David Bennett AO, Ms Ann Brassil, Mrs Christine Corby OAM, Dr Susie Piper, Professor Graham Vimpani AM and Emeritus Professor William Walters AM.