Ministry of Health (New South Wales)

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New South Wales Ministry of Health
Department overview
Formed 1914
Preceding agencies
  • Department of Public Health
  • Health Commission of NSW
  • New South Wales Department of Health
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Headquarters 73 Miller Street, North Sydney[1]
Employees 100,000 (2011)[2]
Annual budget A$17.3 billion (2011-2012)[3]
Ministers responsible
Department executive
Child agencies
Website http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/

The New South Wales Ministry of Health, a department of the New South Wales Government, is responsible for monitoring the performance of the public health system in New South Wales, particularly through public hospitals. The goals of the Ministry are to keep people healthy, provide the health care that people need, deliver high quality services, and manage health services well.[citation needed]

The provision or delivery of health services are delegated to fifteen local health districts who provide services in a wide range of settings, from primary care posts in the remote outback to metropolitan tertiary health centres. In addition, two specialist networks are focused on children's and paediatric services, and forensic mental health, and a third network covers the delivery of public health services provided by three Sydney facilities operated by St Vincent's and Mater Health.

The Ministry is led by its Director-General, Mary Foley. The Ministry reports to the Minister for Health, presently the Honourable Jillian Skinner MP, and the Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Medical Research and Assistant Minister for Health, presently the Honourable Pru Goward MP.

Local Health Districts (formerly Area Health Services)[edit]

On 1 January 2011 the each of the eight former Area Health Services were split into two[4] (except for one), creating fifteen Local Health Networks (LHNs). The LHNs are as follows:[5]

Metropolitan Local Health Districts
  • Central Coast
  • Northern Sydney
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • Nepean Blue Mountains
  • South Eastern Sydney
  • South Western Sydney
  • Sydney
  • Western Sydney
Rural and Regional Local Health Districts
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Southern NSW
  • Far West
  • Western NSW
  • Hunter New England
  • Mid North Coast
  • Northern NSW

Associated agencies[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About us". Ministry of Health. Government of New South Wales. 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Jobs". Department of Health. Government of New South Wales. 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "2011-12 Key Budget Facts" (PDF). Department of Health. Government of New South Wales. 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Local Health Networks - NSW Ministry of Health". Health.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Local Health Districts - NSW Ministry of Health". Health.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 

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