Townsville Hospital and Health Service report, April 2015

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In this report

This report includes the following tables:

This report is issued by the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool under section 240 of the National Health Reform Act 2011.

This report is prepared on a cash basis. It shows the National Health Reform (NHR) payments made by the Commonwealth and Queensland to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service for April 2015 as part of the National Health Reform Agreement.

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service is the local hospital network covering Townsville and the north western region of Queensland. See Townsville Hospital and Health Service public hospitals and service providers.

Local hospital networks and National Health Reform

A local hospital network (LHN) is an organisation that provides public hospital services in accordance with the National Health Reform Agreement (the Agreement). An LHN can contain one or more hospitals, and is usually defined as a business group, geographical area or community. Every Australian public hospital is part of an LHN.

Note: The term 'local hospital network' is a national term. Some states and territories use their own local terminology to describe these networks, such as local health districts, health organisations, and hospital and health services.

Under the Agreement, LHNs receive NHR funding for the following public hospital services:

  • All admitted and non-admitted services
  • All emergency department services provided by a recognised emergency department
  • Other outpatient, mental health, sub-acute and other services that could reasonably be considered a public hospital service.

Note: LHNs also receive funding from other sources, including the Commonwealth, states and territories, and third parties for the provision of other specific functions and services outside the scope of the Agreement, for example, dental services, primary care, home and community care, residential aged care and pharmaceuticals. For further information on total funding to a particular LHN, contact the Department of Health in the relevant state or territory to view the service agreement for that local hospital network.

Reference information

The data in this report can be viewed in conjunction with information shown on the MyHospitals website (www.myhospitals.gov.au) (external link, opens in a new window) [http://www.myhospitals.gov.au] which provides information on hospitals throughout Australia.

The financial information outlined in this report represents NHR payments. NHR payments are when NHR funding that has been deposited into a state pool account or state managed fund is paid out of the state pool account by the Administrator, or is paid out of the state managed fund by the state or territory.

For the basis of NHR payments, see the Basis for National Health Reform payments explanation in the Queensland report, April 2015.

For the basis of the Commonwealth contribution to NHR funding, see Basis of Commonwealth NHR funding 2014-15.

NHR payments to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Table 1a – NHR payments – Townsville Hospital and Health Service, April 2015

This table shows the NHR payments made by the Commonwealth and Queensland to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service by service category and contribution for April 2015.

The table shows for each service category, payments to the LHN and the Commonwealth and state or territory contributions for each service category. For further information on total funding to a particular LHN, contact the Department of Health in the relevant state or territory to view the service agreement for that LHN.

Service category Total NHR payments
(ex GST)
GST Commonwealth
NHR payments
(ex GST)
State/territory
NHR payments
(ex GST)
($) ($) ($) ($)
Acute admitted 24,716,281 0 9,292,307 15,423,975
Admitted mental health 1,874,749 0 704,829 1,169,920
Sub-acute 2,006,897 0 754,511 1,252,386
Emergency department 4,567,643 0 1,717,246 2,850,397
Non-admitted 4,945,057 0 1,859,138 3,085,919
Total ABF payments (Pool) 38,110,627 0 14,328,030 23,782,596
Small rural hospitals 5,668,031 0
Teaching, training & research 1,583,173 0
Non-admitted mental health 2,094,526 0
Other non-admitted services 0 0
Total Block payments (SMF) 9,345,730 0
Total NHR Payments 47,456,357 0

See explanatory notes following table 1b.

Table 1b – NHR payments YTD – Townsville Hospital and Health Service, April 2015

Following on from table 1a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) NHR payments to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service by service category, and contributions made by the Commonwealth and Queensland by service category as at April 2015

Service category Total NHR payments YTD
(ex GST)
GST YTD Commonwealth
NHR payments YTD
(ex GST)
State/territory
NHR payments YTD
(ex GST)
($) ($) ($) ($)
Acute admitted 280,994,154 0 96,030,712 184,963,442
Admitted mental health 24,124,851 0 8,270,498 15,854,353
Sub-acute 25,083,255 0 8,593,054 16,490,201
Emergency department 51,644,211 0 17,646,981 33,997,229
Non-admitted 55,462,676 0 18,947,629 36,515,047
Total ABF payments (Pool) 437,309,147 0 149,488,874 287,820,272
Small rural hospitals 60,377,111 0
Teaching, training & research 17,234,698 0
Non-admitted mental health 22,311,356 0
Other non-admitted services 0 0
Total Block payments (SMF) 99,923,165 0
Total NHR Payments 537,232,312 0

Total ABF payments (Pool) represents NHR payments made by the Administrator from the state pool account to the LHN.

Total Block payments (SMF) represents NHR payments made by the state or territory from the state managed fund (SMF) to the LHN.

Note: The grey shaded areas in the table above reflect that block payments made to LHNs cannot at this stage be identified by source of funding (state, territory or Commonwealth) when paid from state managed funds.

Payments in these tables are GST exclusive. The majority of government funding to LHNs is not subject to GST. However in some cases, hospital funding to non-government entities does attract GST, for example, denominational hospitals, privately and commercially owned health facilities, or any other non-government third party provider of health services or related supplies.

For the basis of NHR payments, see the Basis for National Health Reform payments explanation in the Queensland report, April 2015.

Estimated monthly, YTD and annual NWAU

States and territories provide service volume estimates at the start of each financial year, and if required, can continue to refine these estimates during the course of the year. These estimates form the basis of monthly reporting of service volumes until actual service numbers become available. These estimates are expressed as National Weighted Activity Units (NWAU).

Queensland provided estimated annual NWAU for the the Townsville Hospital and Health Service to the Administrator as a basis for determining the Commonwealth activity-based funding. Current month NWAU estimates accumulate through the year-to-date NWAU, to be equal to the annual NWAU at the end of the financial year.

Table 2 – Estimated monthly, YTD and annual NWAU – Townsville Hospital and Health Service, April 2015

This table shows the estimated activity for activity-based funding services expressed as NWAU for April 2015, the associated year-to-date (YTD) NWAU, and total estimated annual NWAU for the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

Activity based funding
(ABF) service category
Estimated NWAU delivered in current month Estimated NWAU delivered YTD Estimated annual
NWAU 2014-15
Acute admitted 4,962 48,289 61,214
Admitted mental health 376 4,140 4,245
Sub-acute 403 4,306 4,724
Emergency department 917 9,230 10,940
Non-admitted 993 9,179 12,374
Total 7,651 75,144 93,497

An NWAU is a measure of health service activity expressed as a common unit. It provides a way of comparing and valuing each public hospital service, whether they are admissions, emergency department presentations or outpatient episodes, by weighting them for their clinical complexity. The average hospital service is worth one NWAU - the most intensive and expensive activities are worth multiple NWAU, the simplest and least expensive are worth fractions of an NWAU.

Monthly NHR payments relate to the cash needs of public hospitals and do not necessarily reflect the volume of services to be delivered in the month.

For more information on the NWAU calculation, see Calculation of NWAU.

For the basis of NHR payments, see the Basis for National Health Reform payments explanation in the Queensland report, April 2015.

Townsville Hospital and Health Service public hospitals and service providers

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service is the local hospital network covering Townsville and the north western region of Queensland.

For the purposes of NHR public hospital funding arrangements, this LHN is made up of the following public hospitals and service providers:

  • Ayr Hospital
  • Charters Towers Hospital
  • Home Hill Hospital
  • Hughenden Hospital
  • Ingham Hospital
  • Joyce Palmer Health Service
  • Magnetic Island Health Service Centre
  • Richmond Hospital
  • Townsville Hospital