We have been changing the NSW public health system as we work towards delivering better clinical outcomes, better patient experiences and a health system that people are proud to work in.

Our objectives are to deliver a health system in which more decisions are made locally with increased involvement from clinicians and the community. We are providing the people of NSW a health system where they can clearly see how services are run.

Already new local Boards and Clinical Councils have been put in place to deliver greater local responsibility. The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), and Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) have been enhanced to better support local clinical practice.

Getting on with the job: New Funding Model

The Next Step: Funding reform is a new approach to the funding, purchasing and performance of health services in NSW. This approach will support improvements in clinical practice and deliver even better results for patients. We will have a new level of transparency in how our system is funded and align funding more closely with patient care.

From 1 July 2012, Local Health Districts will be allocated funding using a combination of block funding grants and funding based on patient activity. Local hospital systems will gather better information which can be used locally and at state level to monitor and manage performance and budgets. Over the next two years, health service managers will be working with local communities and clinicians to ensure the new funding model works effectively.

An Activity Based Funding (ABF) management tool will help plan and assess performance and clinical needs. ABF helps make public health funding more effective because health service management can allocate their share of available State and Commonwealth funding based on real levels of patient care. The ABF tool allows public health planners, administrators, consumers and clinicians to see how and where taxpayer funding is being allocated.

Find out more about Funding Reform

Comprehensive information about Funding Reform and the ABF tool was presented at a recent Symposium that brought together clinicians, community representatives, local health managers, and State and Commonwealth health administrators.

Current as at: Tuesday 9 October 2012