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NCOSS produces numerous submissions and reports on social policy, conference papers and other documents. This section allows you to access and download our online documents. Content spans from 1997 to present, most items older than 3 years will be found under the Resource Archive .


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A detailed response prepared by NCOSS in relation to the Review of health complaints handling within NSW Health with a focus on systemic problems and solutions.
file icon NSW Cancer Plan 01/01/2004
NCOSS Submission: NCOSS supports the desire of the Institute to quickly achieve better results for cancer control for the people of NSW. However NCOSS encourages the Institute to not let the drive for quick results compromise the provision of quality services and effective treatment and interventions.
A detailed response prepared by NCOSS in relation to the Inquiry into the Provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act. The proposal is to remove disability discrimination protection from people who have a substance dependency.
This document is a submission made to the NSW police service in response to the Draft Interagency Guidelines, which had been released for consultation in September 2003.
A detailed response prepared by NCOSS in relation to the Review of alcoholic beverages that may target young people headed by the Minister for Community Services Faye Lo Po.
A detailed response prepared by NCOSS in relation to the Legislative Council Inquiry into the Inebriates Act 1912. This inquiry arose out of recommendations from the Alcohol Summit.
NCOSS Submission: The Council of Social Service NSW (NCOSS) is pleased to provide this further submission to the Senate Select Committee on Medicare and congratulates the Committee on its previous work and report into Medicare.
This submission is based on consultations with the NCOSS Health Policy Advisory Group and considers the public accountability of Area Health services to be a key issue in the review of the Health Services Act 1997
In August 2003, IPART, released its report on NSW Health - Focusing on Patient Care. The report proposes greater clarification of the roles and responsibilities of the Area Health Services and NSW Health.
Following consultations with its Health Policy Advisory Group, which consists of health NGO peak agencies and consumer bodies, the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS), wishes to indicate its strong support for the recommendations contained within the IPART Report NSW Health - Focusing on Patient Care .
Alcohol is Australia's major drug of choice. There appears little doubt, from evidence regularly available across the Government and non government human services sectors that significant alcohol use and abuse accompanies key social problems across NSW society. The NCOSS Submission to the NSW Alcohol Summit outlines a framework for tackling alcohol use and abuse. Related link: www.alcoholsummit.nsw.gov.au
The Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) would like the Senate Select Committee on Medicare to consider this submission addressing the following matters outlined in the terms of reference.
On 11 December 2001 the Legislative Council appointed a Select Committee to inquire into mental health services in NSW. The terms of reference for the Committee were to inquire into and report on mental health services in NSW with eight specific areas that the Committee was to report on.
NSW Health is currently finalising a new policy on hospital discharge. Following NCOSS's work on earlier discharge, a key concern is the effective monitoring of outcomes of hospital discharge. NCOSS is currently working with a group of community organisations to develop strategies to contribute to effective monitoring processes.
The Good Practice in Earlier Discharge project was a overview of good practice in effective discharge from hospital with particular emphasis on the needs of four target groups: people with a chronic illness, people with a mental illness, older people and carers. In undertaking this work, NCOSS is focusing on the challenge of improving care for the consumer in an environment of earlier discharge rather than reviewing the policy shift to shorter hospital stays, same day surgery and avoiding hospital admissions.
Article discussing the legislative changes that are occurring in NSW around the storage of personal health information.
What are the challenges for NSW Health and for other human service agencies in effectively meeting the needs of consumers in rural and remote NSW for transport to access health services?
Submission to the NSW Premier, The Hon. Bob Carr concerning his ministerial statement to the Legislative Assembly, 27 March 2001, on Cabramatta Drug Use.
This submission to the NSW Health Minister is based on discussions from a 12 March 2001 forum to consider the development of a networked Electronic Health Record (EHR) system within NSW Health.
Submission to NSW Health. Whilst NCOSS welcomes the effort of NSW Health to ensure positive outcomes for people who are being discharged from hospital earlier, there are still concerns that many consumers and carers are suffering ill health and chronic illness unnecessarily.
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