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Medical Services Act

Australia Government of Northern Territory Country Resources General Health Legislation Northern Territory 31 December 2011 Legislation/regulation health service

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An Act to regulate the public health system of New South Wales; to repeal the Area
Health Services Act 1986 and the Public Hospitals Act 1929; to amend various other
Acts; and for other purposes.

The objects of this Act are:

(a) to establish a system of local health districts for the whole of the State to deliver health services and to enable their recognition as health networks for the purposes of the NHHN Agreement, and

(b) to constitute statutory health corporations to deliver health services and health support services other than on the basis of a specified area, and

(c) to recognise as affiliated health organisations certain non-government institutions and organisations that provide health services and health support services within the State that
contribute significantly to the public health system, and

(c1) to enable the recognition of some statutory health corporations and affiliated health organisations as health networks for the purposes of the NHHN Agreement, and

(d) to re-affirm the adoption of the Medicare Principles and Commitments as guidelines for the delivery of public hospital services (within the meaning of section 23E of the Health
Insurance Act 1973 of the Commonwealth) and to facilitate the collection of fees from patients of public health organisations in respect of services received by them that are not required to be provided free of charge under the Medicare Agreement, and

(e) to regulate the conditions of contracts of visiting medical officers appointed by public health organisations, and

(f) to facilitate transfers of staff within the public health system and to avoid unnecessary staff redundancies, and

(g) to require visiting practitioners and staff in the public health system to disclose any charge or conviction for a serious sex or violence offence or of a misconduct finding (such as findings of professional misconduct or unsatisfactory professional conduct),
and

(h) to specify the action that may be taken in relation to convictions for serious sex or violence offences committed by visiting practitioners or staff in the public health system, and

(i) to make provision for the funding of public health organisations, and

(j) to facilitate the efficient and effective administration of the public health system generally by providing mechanisms for such matters as inquiries, inspections and transfers of resources.

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