Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West report, August 2012

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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 shows the National Health Reform (NHR) payments made by the Commonwealth and Tasmania to the Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West for August 2012 as part of the National Health Reform Agreement.

The Tasmanian Health Service (THS), as a single entity, provides healthcare through the public hospital system and primary and community health services, including mental and oral health services. See Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West 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). A local hospital network 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 a local hospital network.

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, local hospital networks 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 services and other services that could reasonably be considered a public hospital service.

Note: Local hospital networks 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 local hospital network, 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 website: MyHospitals (external link, opens in a new window) [http://www.myhospitals.gov.au] which provides information on hospitals throughout Australia.

The financial information outlined in the following report represents NHR payments. NHR payments are when NHR funding is deposited into a state pool account or state managed fund and is paid out of the state pool account by the Administrator, or is paid out of 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 Tasmanian report for August 2012, see Tasmanian report, August 2012.

For the basis of the Commonwealth contribution to NHR funding, see Basis of Commonwealth funding 2012-13.

Commonwealth and Tasmanian NHR payments

This table shows the NHR payments made by the Commonwealth and Tasmania to the Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West by service category and contribution for August 2012.

The data is divided into service category and associated Commonwealth and state or territory contribution for each amount. For further information on total funding to a particular local hospital network, contact the Department of Health in the relevant state or territory to view the service agreement for that local hospital network.

Table 1a – NHR payments: Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West, August 2012

Service category Total NHR payments
(ex GST)
GST Commonwealth
NHR payments
(ex GST)
State/territory
NHR payments
(ex GST)
($) ($) ($) ($)
Acute admitted - public 2,630,073 0 1,990,435 639,638
Acute admitted - private 119,278 0 90,270 29,009
Non-admitted 275,671 0 208,628 67,044
Emergency department 632,402 0 478,601 153,801
Total ABF payments (Pool) 3,657,424 0 2,767,933 889,491
Mental health 0 0
Small rural & metro hospitals 2,288,531 0
Sub-acute 206,932 0
Teaching, training & research 118,971 0
Other 2,161,444 0
Total Block payments (SMF) 4,775,879 0
Total 8,433,302 0

See explanatory notes following table 1b.

Following on from table 1a, this table shows the year-to-date (YTD) NHR payments made by the Commonwealth and Tasmania to the Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West as at August 2012.

Table 1b – NHR payments YTD: Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West, August 2012

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 - public 6,938,441 0 4,008,708 2,929,733
Acute admitted - private 314,670 0 181,802 132,868
Non-admitted 672,943 0 394,731 278,212
Emergency department 1,640,023 0 950,625 689,398
Total ABF payments (Pool) 9,566,076 0 5,535,865 4,030,211
Mental health 0 0
Small rural & metro hospitals 4,578,075 0
Sub-acute 414,146 0
Teaching, training & research 236,703 0
Other 4,322,834 0
Total Block payments (SMF) 9,551,758 0
Total 19,117,833 0

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

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

Note: The grey shaded areas in the table above reflect that block payments made to local hospital networks 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 local hospital networks 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 Tasmanian report for August 2012, see Tasmanian report, August 2012.

Estimated monthly, YTD and annual NWAU

This table shows the estimated activity for activity based funding services expressed as National Weighted Activity Units (NWAU) for August 2012, the associated cumulative year-to-date (YTD) NWAU, and the total estimated annual NWAU for the Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West.

NHR funding amounts and service volumes are provided by states and territories as service estimates at the start of each financial year, and may continue to be refined during the course of the year. These estimates form the basis of monthly reporting of service volumes until actual service numbers become available.

The estimated annual NWAU for the Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West was provided to the Administrator as a basis for determining Commonwealth NHR activity based funding. Current month NWAU estimates accumulate through the year-to-date (YTD) NWAU to equal the annual NWAU at the end of the financial year.

Table 2 – Estimated monthly, YTD and annual NWAU: Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West, August 2012

Activity based funding
(ABF) service category
Estimated NWAU delivered in current month Estimated NWAU delivered YTD Estimated annual
NWAU 2012-13
Acute admitted - public 939 1,868 9,909
Acute admitted - private 43 85 449
Non-admitted 98 184 1,173
Emergency department 226 443 2,470
Total 1,306 2,579 14,002

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 explanation and basis, see National Health Reform Reporting.

For the basis of NHR payments, see the Basis for National Health Reform payments explanation in the Tasmanian report for August 2012, see Tasmanian report, August 2012

Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West public hospitals and service providers

The Tasmanian Health Service (THS), as a single entity, provides healthcare through the public hospital system and primary and community health services, including mental and oral health services.

For the purposes of National Health Reform public hospital funding arrangements, this network is made up of the following public hospitals and service providers:

  • Beaconsfield Multi Purpose Service
  • Campbell Town Multi Purpose Service
  • Deloraine District Hospital
  • Esperance Multi Purpose Centre
  • Flinders Island Multi Purpose Centre
  • George Town Hospital and Community Health Centre
  • HealthWest (West Coast District Hospital – Queenstown)
  • Huon Eldercare
  • King Island Multi Purpose Centre
  • Launceston General Hospital
  • May Shaw District Nursing Centre
  • Mersey Community Hospital
  • Midlands Multi Purpose Centre
  • New Norfolk District Hospital
  • North East Soldiers Memorial Hospital (Scottsdale Hospital)
  • North West Regional Hospital
  • Royal Hobart Hospital
  • Smithton District Hospital
  • St Helens District Hospital
  • St Marys Community Health Centre
  • Tasman Health and Community Service
  • Toosey Memorial Hospital – Longford