NSW Community Health Review

NSW Community Health Review

The NSW Community Health Review was a strategic review of community health in NSW undertaken during 2008.  This project was funded by NSW Health and consisted of three major components:

  1. An audit of the scope of activity and existing investment in community health services.  This audit was undertaken by NSW Health.
  2. Analysis of gaps in current provision of community health services with a focus on service delivery, governance, linkages and referral pathways with other parts of the health system including general practice, other providers of primary care services and acute and population health services.
  3. Development of a vision for the future role and operation of a revitalised community health service sector with a focus on core services to be provided by community health services, best buys and areas for investment and disinvestment and a staged pathway for reform.

 

The scope of the NSW Community Health Review was limited to community health services provided by NSW Health Area Health Services.  It did not include community health services provided by Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). 

The Centre for Health Service Development produced three reports for the NSW Community Health Review:

Report 1 - Community health: the evidence base summarised research on models of community health service delivery in NSW, elsewhere in Australia and internationally and synthesised the evidence on the effectiveness of community health interventions.

Report 2 - Community health: the state of play in NSW described current clinical and management structures and identified existing gaps in service provision.  It also addressed issues such as linkages and referral pathways with general practices and other community based health services and with the acute and population health sectors.

Report 3 – Community health at the crossroads: which way now?  This report built on the first two reports.  It was strategically focussed and designed to inform future planning and resource allocation decisions in NSW.

These reports are available to download:

Owen A, Thompson C, Samsa P, Grootemaat P, Fildes D and Eagar K (2008) Community health: the evidence base. A report for the NSW Community Health Review. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.

Eagar K, Owen A, Cranny C, Samsa P and Thompson C (2008) Community health: the state of play in NSW. A report for the NSW Community Health Review. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong. 

Eagar K, Owen A, Cranny C, Thompson C and Samsa P 2008) Community health at the crossroads: which way now? Final report of the NSW Community Health Review. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.

Last reviewed: 16 January, 2017

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