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Publications and Reports

Our hierarchy of plans

Western NSW Local Health District work to a number of plans set by the NSW Government and the Local Health District. Our hierarchy of plan​​s​ explai​ns how these plans work together to create a roadmap for the district.

NSW State Health Plan

Image; NSW State Health Plan  

The NSW State Health Plan: Towards 2021 has set two overarching goals for health care services in NSW:

  1. Keep people healthy and out of hospital
  2. Providing world class clinical services with timely access and effective infrastructure

The NSW State Health Plan provides directions and strategies to deliver these state health goals.

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NSW Rural Health Plan

Image; NSW Rural Health Plan  

The NSW Rural Health Plan: Towards 2021 was developed to strengthen the capacity of NSW rural health services to provide connected and seamless care, as close to regional, rural and remote NSW communities as possible.

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Health Needs Assessment

Image; Western NSW Health Needs Assessment 2013  

The Health Needs Assessment (HNA) is a living document that is a detailed analysis of our population health data, patient flow, service delivery models and projected health needs. It was the first stage of the development of the Strategic Health Service Plan (2013-2016).

You may be interested in some of the key facts from the HNA:

  • Western NSW is the second most sparsely populated Local Health District in NSW - just over 1 person per square kilometre (271,000 people: 250,000 square kilometres)
  • Population growth in the district has been minimal - 2.0% over the past 5 years, with areas closer to Sydney growing, those beyond Dubbo declining
  • The largest growth in population is for the 65+ ages - 6,500 persons or 17% growth from 2006 to 2011
  • There is low forecast population growth - < 1% from 2011 to 2016
  • The proportion of the population that is Aboriginal rises from 4% in Bathurst to 11% in Dubbo and to 27% in 'Remote' (this compares with 2.5% for NSW). Overall 9.4% of the district's population identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and 16% of the children (0-14 years)

Some of the priority areas identified by the HNA where health care interventions are likely to give the greatest benefits to the District's population include:

  • Smoking prevention and cessation
  • Nutrition and physical activity interventions, including obesity prevention
  • Diabetes prevention and management
  • Well child care, particularly for Aboriginal children - the first 1000 days
  • Mental health - continuing and strengthening the current community services

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The Strategic Plan

​The Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 (the Plan) outlines our purpose (why we are here), our focus areas (what we will deliver by 2020) and our enablers (how we will make this possible). Living Well Together and our accountability framework (including development and use of annual goals, 90 day action plans and monthly accountability meetings) will ensure that these high level strategies are realised across our organisation.

Development of the Plan has been overseen by a steering committee with representation from across our organisation. Extensive consultation with the Western NSW LHD Board and Executive, senior leaders, clinicians, staff, Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Service Incorporated, the Western NSW Primary Health Network and health council representatives from across Western NSW Local Health District has informed the content.

​Click here to download a copy of the 2016- 2020 Strategic Plan.

You can also download 2016-2020 Strategic Plan Highlights, which summarises some of the key outcomes from this strategic plan. 

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Our Clinical Services Framework

Image; The Clinical Services Framework  

A coherent system of care for Western NSW Local Health District has been developed to guide the delivery of safe, accessible and equitable services for people living in western NSW. The Clinical Services Framework will be the foundation for providing clinical services to 2020.

The purpose of the Framework is to describe the current roles of health services, provide agreed rules and guidelines for the planning of health services and align the future role of hospitals and health services with both the strategic directions of the District and the health needs of the population it serves.

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Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was launched on 14th September 2017 by Professor Tom Calma, Co-Chair Reconciliation Australia and our Chief Executive, Scott Mclachlan. The launch took place during the 2017 Aboriginal Health Forum, which was attended by more than 100 members of our workforce.

The RAP is about what our organisation can do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. It will help us develop a more culturally safe and tolerant workplace that will contribute to improving service delivery to Aboriginal peoples, their families and communities.


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Our Service Agreement

The Service Agreement for the period 1 July 2​019 – 30 June 2020​ supports the devolution o9decision making , responsibility and accountability for the provision of safe, high quality, person-centred healthcare to NSW Health Services and Support Organisations by setting out the service and performance expectations and funding for Western NSW Local Health District.

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Our budget reports

The Western NSW Local Health District budgets are formulated in line with the Service Agreement. You can view the full Western NSW Local Health District Facility Budget Growth, or budgets for each specific facility as listed below. 

District G​overnan​​​​ce
​​Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
Allied Health & Innovation
Communication and Engagement
Corporate Services & Clinical Support
Integrated Primary Care and Partnerships
Medical Services
​Planning, Performance & Funding
Quality, Clinical Safety & Nursing
Wor​kforce & Culture

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​​​Corporate Governance Attest​ation Statements


These statements set out the main corporate governance frameworks and practices in
operation within the organisation. Each statement below is retrospective for the financial year. 

​​ Western NSW LHD (2018 - 2019)​​​​​
Western NSW LHD (2017 - 2018)​​​​​
​​Western NSW LHD (2016 - 2017)
​​ Western NSW LHD (2015 - 2016)​​​​​
Western NSW LHD (2014 - 2015)
Western NSW LHD (2013 - 2014)
Western NSW LHD (2012 - 2013)
Western NSW LHD (2011 - 2012)
Western NSW LHN (01/01/2011 - 30/06/2011)

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