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About Us

Our District

Hunter New England Health (HNE Health) provides a range of public health services to the Hunter, New England and Lower Mid North Coast regions.

Hunter New England Local Health District respectfully acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land in which our health facilities are located, and pay respect to the Elders, community members and the community-controlled sector who partner with us to improve the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our District. (NSW Health formal apology)

Hunter New England Health:

Provides services to:

  • 920,370* people, including 52,990* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • 169,846 residents who were born overseas
  • Employs 16,033 staff
  • Is supported by 1600 volunteers
  • Spans 25 local government areas

Is the only district in New South Wales with:

          • A major metropolitan centre
          • A mix of several large regional centres
          • Many smaller rural centres and remote communities within its borders.

Our Chief Executive, Tracey McCosker, and the Executive Leadership Team work closely with the local health district Board to ensure our services meet the diverse needs of the communities we serve.

Vision, Goals and Strengths

Our organisation's vision and goals are aligned to those of NSW Health. At the same time, our strategic direction supports the principle of Excellence . Every patient. Every time.

Our Vision

Healthy people - now and into the future.

Our Goals

Keeping people healthy and in the community.

Providing world-class clinical services with timely access and effective infrastructure.

Our Strengths

Hunter New England Health is recognised as a leader in the healthcare industry and we pride ourselves on the following strengths:

  • High quality, safe patient care
  • Skilled, hard-working and valued staff
  • A strong commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people
  • A dedicated Aboriginal Employment and Equity Unit
  • The best immunisation rates in the state
  • Highly developed telehealth and information technology services
  • Expertise in health promotion and prevention
  • A focus on innovation, teaching and research
  • Successful strategies to improve staff safety
  • Effective models of community participation

*Source: ABS 2016 estimates Healthstats, NSW Ministry of Health

Public access to policies, procedures and guidelines

Copies of many of the policies, procedures and guidelines that govern Hunter New England Local Health District can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

Copies of current Hunter New England Local Health District developed policies, procedures and guidelines can be obtained by request through the Contact Us form. Please indicate the document number if possible.

Gifts of Government Property and Statutory Acts of Grace registers

All NSW Health entities are required to accurately record gifts of Government property and Statutory Act of Grace Payments in the official registers, certified by the NSW Health Secretary.

The NSW Health Gifts of Government Property register is maintained to meet the requirements of the Treasurer's Direction TD21-04 'Gifts of government property', which specifies the circumstances in which a gift of government property may be made, ensures gifts are made in accordance with specified values and associated principles, and that agencies maintain a record of gifts made.

The NSW Health Statutory Acts of Grace register is maintained to meet the requirements of the Treasury Circular TC22-01 'Statutory Act of Grace Payments', which specifies the circumstances in which a payment may be made, explains the power to delegate and requires GSF agencies to maintain a record of the payments made.