NSLHD News August 1

Message FROM the acting Chief executive Dr Tamsin Waterhouse

message FROM the Chief executive Deb Willcox

Since my last column in this newsletter we have ended the financial year in reasonable shape and now prepare for the year ahead. It is important to acknowledge your collective efforts over the past 12 months. NSLHD is one of the highest performing districts in the state. We have made great strides in ED performance and surgery and most importantly in providing high-quality patient care. I look forward to sharing your achievements with you in more detail during the upcoming budget roadshows. The NSW budget was handed down in June and we have received our Service Delivery Agreement and Budget Allocation – both can be found on our website. The impacts we are experiencing in the health system are universal with a growing population, the success of medical technology extending the lives of our community and chronic disease. To meet these challenges the NSW Health budget this year takes a more sustainable approach. In recent weeks the executive teams across the district have been looking at further ways we can do things smarter to ensure we deliver better value to patients with our precious health dollars. This will be a long- term endeavour and one in which we will all need to be involved. This will not be a top down approach and I want to encourage everyone across the district to get involved. By working together I believe we can sustain our future so we

can continue to provide safe, high-quality patient healthcare, be innovative and grow. Improving the sustainability of our health system is not an easy task. Some initiatives may require a redesign of how we do things. We have seen from past initiatives that by providing different models of care our patients can avoid a surgical procedure or a stay in hospital. These bolder initiatives take time. Other initiatives may be small but together they can make a big difference to our sustainability. Over the coming weeks we will be providing more information on how all staff from across the district can get involved and provide suggestions on how we can reduce waste and get better value for money so our patients continue to receive great healthcare into the future. I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming budget road shows where I will be visiting as many hospitals and services as possible to celebrate your achievements and to outline the year ahead.

Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District


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