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Actions for Volume Ten 2011 Focusing on Health

Volume Ten 2011 Focusing on Health

Health
Financial reporting
Information technology
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Project management
Workforce and capability

This report includes comments on financial audits of government agencies in the Health sector. In 2010-11, Ambulance Officers spent an extra 77,200 hours waiting at emergency departments for patients to transfer to hospital care. In 2010-11, only 66 per cent of patients were moved from the emergency department to an inpatient bed within eight hours of their arrival. This is significantly down on last year’s 73 per cent and well below the 80 per cent targ

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Actions for Visiting medical officers and staff specialists

Visiting medical officers and staff specialists

Health
Management and administration
Service delivery
Workforce and capability

We found that hospitals are generally able to deploy their VMOs and staff specialists to be at the place and time required. However, a hospital’s ability to manage supply and demand at a local level is limited. This limitation will become more critical with the current national health reforms when public hospital funding will depend on their ability to set and meet activity targets and priorities. NSW Health cannot be sure that all payments made to VMOs

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Actions for Responding to Domestic and Family Violence

Responding to Domestic and Family Violence

Community Services
Justice
Health
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Service delivery

Organisations generally work together to improve the safety of victims when there is an overt and serious crisis, particularly where children are involved. There are no standard ways for victims and perpetrators to access help that might prevent ongoing violence and address underlying issues. This is particularly problematic where there are repeat victims and perpetrators, many of whom have complex mental health, drug and alcohol problems and are difficu

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Actions for The effectiveness of cautioning for minor Cannabis offences

The effectiveness of cautioning for minor Cannabis offences

Justice
Health
Project management
Service delivery

Over the last ten years the NSW Police Force (Police) has used cautioning to divert over 39,000 minor cannabis offenders from the courts, saving at least $20 million in court costs. People cautioned for minor cannabis offences are also less likely to reoffend than those dealt with by the courts. Adults are more likely to be cautioned for minor cannabis offences today than when cautioning was introduced ten years ago. However this is not the case for youn

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Actions for Ambulance Service of NSW: Readiness to respond

Ambulance Service of NSW: Readiness to respond

Health
Internal controls and governance
Management and administration
Shared services and collaboration
Workforce and capability

This performance audit indicates that the Service has considerable work to do to reach its aspirations of being recognised amongst leading examples of best practice services. The commitment of the Service to serving the community and the professionalism of the Service's officers is not in question. It is, however, apparent that a number of barriers to performance will need to be overcome for the Service to perform as well as it would wish.   Parliament

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Actions for Immunisation in NSW

Immunisation in NSW

Health
Service delivery
Shared services and collaboration

Improving immunisation levels has been a policy priority for NSW and Commonwealth governments since the early 1990s. Along with other States they are pursuing a range of initiatives aimed at reaching immunisation target levels above 95% by the year 2000. At such levels, the occurrence of vaccine preventable diseases is minimised and their spread prevented. There is considerable support for this policy from the public, the medical profession and all leve