Health Care Services Plan

In January 2011, Local Health Networks were established as part of National Health Reform. The NSW health system as a whole was later restructured to reflect the policy changes of the NSW Government. The Local Health Networks became the Local Health Districts (LHDs) and the NSW Department of Health became the NSW Ministry of Health.

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) came into being in January 2012 with the first NNSW LHD Board being appointed. The NNSW LHD Board has now been tasked with completion of the first Health Care Services Plan for the LHD which is intended to enable NNSW LHD to align service delivery with needs analysis and State and Commonwealth Plans and Policies.

The Health Care Services Plan is a high level document which has a five year time frame. Development of a Health Care Services Plan for the LHD presents an opportunity to plan for services which meet the needs of a growing and ageing population. Additionally new and emerging models of care identified in the Plan will provide a platform for future service development.

The Plan emphasises partnerships with other healthcare providers with a strong focus on networking and the provision of patient centred care which supports the patient journey across the care continuum.
The Plan has been informed by key stakeholders, including Managers, Clinicians, non-government organisations and members of NNSW LHD Executive through a comprehensive consultation process. The consultation process included oversight by a steering committee Chaired by myself as a member of the NNSW LHD Board and co-chaired by Dr Ian Fielding, Executive Director Medical Services.

We would like to express our gratitude to the staff of NNSW LHD, staff from other organisations and Visiting Medical Officers (VMOs) who generously gave of their time to participate in the development of the Plan. We would also like to thank members of the Health Care Services Plan Steering Committee for their commitment to the planning process and to acknowledge the work of the Planning Team in facilitating and developing this document.

Hazel Bridgett Dr Ian Fielding
Health Care Services Plan Steering Committee