The NSW Rural Health Plan: Towards 2021, launched on 7 November 2014, aims to strengthen the capacity of NSW rural health services to provide connected and seamless care. The plan builds on the significant achievements made to date in rural health services, aiming to provide world class care as close to home as possible for people living in rural NSW.
The NSW Rural Health Plan aligns with the NSW State Health Plan: Towards 2021, which provides a strategic framework for NSW Health priorities. The NSW State Health Plan priorities are: keeping people healthy, providing world class clinical care, delivering truly integrated care, supporting and developing our workforce, supporting and harnessing research and innovation, enabling eHealth, and designing and building future-focused infrastructure.
The NSW Rural Health Plan builds on these priorities by focusing on key issues for rural health which have been identified through extensive consultation with rural clinicians, service providers and communities as well as state and local government representatives.
The Ministerial Advisory Committee for Rural Health, established by the Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, The Hon Jillian Skinner, helped guide the development of the NSW Rural Health Plan.
In January 2016, the NSW Rural Health Plan: Progress Report 2015 was released and summarises progress across NSW Health in implementing the NSW Rural Health Plan.