Ministry of Health (New South Wales)

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New South Wales 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

The New South Wales Ministry of Health or NSW Health, a department of the New South Wales Government, supports the executive and statutory roles of the Minister for Health, the Minister for Medical Research, and the Minister for Mental Health. The Ministry also monitors the performance of state wide and specialist, health service organisations that make up NSW Health.[4] It is primarily responsible for the public health system in New South Wales, particularly through public hospitals as well as associated agencies.

NSW Health has three directions:[5]

  1. Keeping People Healthy: Supporting people to live healthier, more active lives and reducing the burden of chronic disease
  2. Providing World-Class Clinical Care: Providing timely access to safe, quality care in hospitals, Emergency Departments and in the community
  3. Delivering Truly Integrated Care: Creating a connected health system, so that patients get the care they need, where and when they need it, by connecting State health services

with other health services

The provision or delivery of health services are delegated to sixteen 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, including specialist networks that are focused on children's and paediatric services; custodial health and forensic mental health; and associated agencies.

The Ministry is led by its Secretary, Elizabeth Koff. The Secretary reports to the Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, presently the Honourable Brad Hazzard MP, and the Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women and Minister for Ageing, presently the Honourable Tanya Davies MP.

As of 2017 the districts, networks, health centres and agencies of NSW Health were:

Local Health Districts[edit]

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


  • Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
  • St Vincent's Health Network
  • Sydney Children's Hospitals Network ( Randwick and Westmead)

Stateside Health Services[edit]


Shared Services[edit]

  • HealthShare
  • eHealth
  • Health Instructure

Health Professional Councils[edit]

  • Chinese Medicine Council of New South Wales
  • Chiropractic Council of New South Wales
  • Dental Council of New South Wales
  • Medical Council of New South Wales
  • Medical Radiation Practice Council of New South Wales
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council of New South Wales
  • Occupational Therapy Council of New South Wales
  • Optometry Council of New South Wales
  • Osteopathy Council of New South Wales
  • Pharmacy Council of New South Wales
  • Physiotherapy Council of New South Wales
  • Podiatry Council of New South Wales
  • Psychology Council of New South Wales

See also[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. ^ "RECORD $22 BILLION HEALTH BUDGET BOOSTS FRONTLINE CARE" (PDF). NSW Government. Retrieved 19 April 2017. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ "Health, NSW Ministry of". 24 October 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  5. ^ "NSW State Health Plan - towards 2021" (PDF). NSW Health. Retrieved 19 April 2017.

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