A health care system to meet our needs. The Next Step: Funding Reform was the focus of this state wide Symposium for clinicians, community representatives, local health managers, and State and Commonwealth health administrators.

Comprehensive information about delivery on commitments to NSW clinicians and community in reform of the health system and progress on the new funding model was provided with wide discussion among participants.

On this page, we will progressively add links to fact sheets, technical papers, and video presentations from the Symposium.

PowerPoint Presentations

Video Presentations

Highlights of the Symposium Presentation (30 minutes)

The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP - Minister for Health and Medical Research


Carol Bennett - CEO, Consumers Health Forum of Australia

The key benefits of this new approach

Dr Mary Foley - Director-General, NSW Health

  1. Introduction
  2. Health Care Services
  3. State & National Health Services
  4. The Next Two Years
  5. Funding Flows​
  6. Managing the Transition
  7. Key Issues & Summary

Dr Nigel Lyons - Chief Executive, Agency for Clinical Innovation

How will the new funding model improve the delivery of health care in our hospitals

Dr Bethan Richards - Network Director Physician Training and Director of Medical Education
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Local Health District
  1. Introduction
  2. Why do we need to change?
  3. Where do clinicians fit in?
  4. Clinician knowledge of ABF
  5. Education Messages
  6. Sydney LHD experience
  7. How will ABF change a routine day for a clinician?

Prof Chris Levi - Director of John Hunter Hospital's Acute Stroke Unit

Why are these changes needed for clinicians to deliver better patient outcomes?

Dr Tony Sherbon - A/CEO, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

  1. Introduction - National Health Reform Agreement
  2. Strategic Intent & Role of IHPA
  3. The Products of IHPA
  4. Uses of the IHPA products
  5. When does this happen?
  6. What is likely to happen?
  7. How is IHPA going to do this?
  8. When will the price be set for 2012-13?
  9. What IHPA does not do

Dr Diane Watson - A/CEO, National Health Performance Authority

  1. Introduction
  2. Function of the Performance Authority
  3. What has been accomplished
  4. Performance & Accountability Framework - Scope & Coverage
  5. Performance & Accountability Framework - Service Process
  6. Measuring & Reporting on Performance Transparency
  7. Key Success Factors

Panel Questions and Answers

  1. What does health funding mean to consumers
  2. National Pricing mode
  3. What will success look like for an LHD
  4. Published league tables for outcomes
  5. Service Level Agreements
  6. Budget Framework
  7. Managing conflicting perceptions
  8. What does IHPA need to do
  9. Integration between acute & primary care sectors
  10. Impact on existing budget
  11. Future of Transition Grants
  12. Bringing services to state efficient price

Key Messages from the Discussion Panel

  1. National Data
  2. Performance
  3. Local Health Districts
  4. Service Level
  5. Business Model
  6. Budget & Funding
  7. Real needs & values