NSW Regional Health Partners brings together the leading health and research organisations across the Hunter, New England, Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions of NSW, Australia. The eight foundation partners who collaborate to support the NSW Regional Health Partners are:
With the goal of providing Excellence. Every patient. Every time. HNE Health provides services to approximately 911,000 people, including 52,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. HNELHD is the only New South Wales local health district that contains a major metropolitan centre, several large regional centres and many smaller rural centres and remote communities within its borders. John Hunter Hospital is its primary tertiary referral hospital and an established centre for clinical research.
The CCLHD has a vision of ‘Caring for the Coast’. With a population growth rate higher than that of NSW overall, by 2022 the population of the Central Coast will increase by 12 per cent to over 355,000. Strategies are in place that will address critical infrastructure needs at the two teaching hospitals at Gosford and Wyong, provide new models of health care delivery, expand existing services and bring new services on line. The Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute, announced during the 2016 Federal election campaign, is being developed by a partnership between the University of Newcastle and the Central Coast Local Health District. CCLHD was the first LHD to form a partnership and coordinated plan with the local Aboriginal Medical Service and Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN).
MNCLHD covers an area of 11,335 square kilometres extending from Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Area in the south to Coffs Harbour Local Government Area in the north. MNCLHD provides public health care at hospitals in Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Kempsey, Macksville, Port Macquarie and Wauchope. There are 10 Community Health Centres in the District, and a diverse range of health services to a population of approximately 215,000 people.
HNECCPHN is a not for profit organisation funded by the Commonwealth government to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the primary health care system. It manages a range of service agreements with organisations to deliver primary health care programs in areas of identified need across the region, including mental health, Aboriginal health, General Practice after hours care and Rural Primary Health Services. Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network covers 130,000 square kilometres reaching from the QLD border in the north west to Gosford in the south, and west past Narrabri and Gunnedah.
Established in 1998 by the University of Newcastle, HNELHD and the Hunter community, HMRI’s vision is to improve community wellbeing in the Hunter Region of NSW. HMRI is a world-class research institute with over 1,500 affiliated medical researchers, students and support staff striving to prevent, treat and defeat a multitude of serious illnesses. It is a key research enabler providing funding, facilities, equipment and support services to researchers, research students and support staff working across several campuses. Delivering patient-focused translational research is a major goal, which it achieves by fostering a flow of information and innovation back and forth between scientists, clinicians and public health professionals.
Calvary Mater Newcastle is a Third Schedule Hospital operating under a service agreement with Hunter New England Local Health District and is the major Cancer Care Centre for HNELHD and home to HNELHD Mental Health Services. In addition, Calvary Mater Newcastle is a major research facility. Staffed by leading researchers in oncology, toxicology, haematology, psycho-oncology, palliative care and mental health, the hospital is affiliated with national and international Universities and research partners.
The University of Newcastle is a research intensive Australian public university. It has a primary campus in Callaghan, a suburb of Newcastle, and campuses on the Central Coast, Tamworth, Mid North Coast and Port Macquarie, as well as Singapore and the CBDs of Sydney and Newcastle. The University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class university making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia and across the globe. It is in the top three per cent of universities world-wide and in the top eight Australian universities for research. UON has particular strengths in health and medical research, and is a national leader in Indigenous education and research.
The University of New England was Australia’s first regional university with and its mission was to provide access to education and research for the regional community. The University’s main campus is located in Armidale, NSW. UNE also pioneered teaching to external students by correspondence, making it Australia's most experienced provider of distance and now online education. It has ten regional study centres located throughout northern New South Wales, as well as the FutureCampus in Parramatta and a growing international network of teaching partners. UNE’s interdisciplinary health and medical research represents a range of disciplines across biomedical sciences; stress and depression; social work; mental health; clinical and health psychology. It prioritises health and wellbeing research in rural communities. The UON and UNE run the Joint Medical Program in the New England region.