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Submission to the Public Accounts Committee
2 August 2017

The framework for funding, reporting and performance management of health services in NSW, including mental health services, has changed significantly over the past five years. These changes have not been well understood by all players in NSW, contributing to the continuing debate and concerns about mental health funding.

The Commission noted these concerns in Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 and recommended a number of actions to improve governance arrangements. However, with clinicians and the sector continuing to voice concern about the accountability and transparency of mental health funding, the Commission initiated a review of the transparency and accountability of mental health funding within NSW Health, in order to better understand how the funding that is notionally allocated to mental health is actually invested in services that support consumers.

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Last updated: 13 September 2017