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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 Legislative Council Inquiry into the Inebriates Act 1912. This inquiry arose out of recommendations from the Alcohol Summit.
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.
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.
NCOSS Submission: NCOSS presents information to the tribunal relevant to low income / disadvantaged communities.
NCOSS Submission: A submission prepared by NCOSS in response to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and Mental Health Council of Australia consultations into allegations regarding the serious risks to which people with a mental illness and their families are being exposed as a result of the nationwide crisis in mental health.
Submission to the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW. NCOSS contacted several health related member and non-member organisations, to ascertain their views on issues around Hepatitis C, client experiences of discrimination and discussion about strategies for improvement.
NCOSS Submission: NCOSS supports the future planning process for population health that has been initiated by the NSW Health Government, in developing Healthy People 2010 as a consultation tool to assist to identify goals and directions for the health system in NSW.
NCOSS Briefing Note: Healthelink Issues - Issues of Capacity to Consent, May 2006
file icon Healthelink 01/03/2007
NSW Health has provided a response to NCOSS in relation to the suggested actions that came out of discussions between NCOSS and the Healthelink team last year.
file icon Healthelink 01/03/2007
NSW Health has provided a response to NCOSS in relation to the suggested actions that came out of discussions between NCOSS and the Healthelink team last year.
NCOSS briefing on the proposed changes to the Health Care Complaints Act.
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.
NCOSS submission on the proposed directions and goals for the NSW health system over the next 19 years. NCOSS highlights the need to address health inequalities and support non government health services in NSW.
In 2005 NCOSS in conjunction with NSW Health held a forum on Electronic Health Records and the NSW HealtheLink project. The forum covered such issues as models of participation and privacy, confidentiality and security. The Report from the Forum is now complete.
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.
Shorter hospital stays mean more people leaving hospital while they are still very sick and in need of care. There is a huge increase in the demand for post-acute care, and there are indications that there is demand for more complex care.
During 1998-99 many different groups expressed concern to the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) about the new trend sweeping the health system - earlier discharge. This briefing paper examines some of the issues involved.
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.
Article discussing the legislative changes that are occurring in NSW around the storage of personal health information.
Consumers, as the users of the health system, have a valuable perspective to contribute to health decision making. Unfortunately, there is little opportunity at present for consumers to have input at any level of the health system.
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