Our non-government organisations
NSW Health invests about $150 million a year in health services provided by community-based non government organisations (NGOs). About a third of those grants are overseen by policy areas within the Ministry of Health and about two thirds by Local Health Districts (LHDs).
Here in Sydney Local Health District, more than $16 million in grants is shared among 29 NGOs.
This includes 16 grants for drug and alcohol programs, eight for HIV/AIDS, seven for Mental Health, five for Aged and Disabled, five for Women's Health, three for Community Service and one for a transport service.
NGOs provide excellent services on modest budgets. They are often innovative and flexible, with strong consumer participation. Many work with disadvantaged and hard-to-reach population groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, homeless people or those at risk of homelessness, people with intellectual disabilities and former prisoners.
Each NGO is run by a board of management or management committee. Clinical governance of services is the responsibility of the relevant NGO's board of management.
For more information contact: Kerry O'Neill, Manager NGO Program on 9378 1317 or email: Kerry.ONeill1@health.nsw.gov.au