17 October 2017

Annual Report

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The Department of Health’s annual report is an important document that outlines the Department’s operations, and ensures financial and performance accountability and transparency to Parliament and the people of Western Australia.

The year’s annual report reflects the recent reform program, which has seen the Department assume the role of ‘System Manager’ of the WA health system.

As System Manager, the Department is responsible for the overall management, performance and strategic direction of the WA health system.

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Overview of agency

The Department of Health’s mission is to lead and steward the WA health system in order to deliver a safe, high quality sustainable health system for all Western Australians.

In 2016-2017, the Department was led by the Director General, and supported by a Deputy Director General, the Office of the Director General and five Assistant Directors General across key areas of health: public health, clinical services and research, purchasing and system performance, system policy and planning, and governance and system support.

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Agency performance

Each year, the Department of Health provides a summary of its financial performance, as well as a summary of how it has performed against a number of indicators, to assess and monitor the extent to which outcomes are being achieved.

Indicators include, but are not limited to, the response time for patient transport services, cost of treatment in public hospitals, loss of life from premature death due to preventable disease or injury, immunisation rates, uptake of Home and Community Care Services and patient satisfaction.

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Significant issues

In the 2016-2017 financial year, the Department of Health worked to establish itself as an effective System Manager and Department of State. This involved the transitioning of functions to, and the development of new relationships with, Health Service Providers.

The Department also focused on financial stewardship of the WA health system, workforce strategic planning, and managing health information and communications technology.

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Disclosure and compliance

Financial statements and key performance indicators detailed in the Department of Health Annual Report 2016–2017 will assist readers to assess the Department of Health’s performance for the financial year ended 30 June 2017.

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A detailed list of Boards and Committees within the Department of Health for 2016–2017, and their remuneration, can be found in Appendix 1

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