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Message from the CEO

I am pleased to present this year’s Annual Report for the National Health Funding Body.

Outstanding achievements

2017–18 was a record year for the amount of funding paid to LHNs through the Pool, with over $46 billion paid to deliver 36 million public hospital services.

In supporting the obligations and responsibilities of the Administrator to achieve this record result, we processed in excess of 4,000 banking transactions and prepared approximately 1,800 financial reports.

We also made significant progress on our commitment to strengthen the Commonwealth Contribution Model (CCM), enhance our funding integrity capabilities, and modernise our payments system to provide confidence in the funding system and in our capabilities.

We have made tremendous efforts to fulfill our purpose for 2017–18, despite the Administrator’s position being vacant for the last quarter of the financial year.

Recognising my predecessors

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the previous Administrator, Mr Peter Achterstraat AM, for his oversight of government funding for public hospitals. I would also like to acknowledge the work of my predecessors, Mr Lynton Norris and Ms Svetlana Angelkoska, for laying the foundations for transparent public hospital funding arrangements.

We also warmly welcome the new Administrator, Mr Michael Lambert. With the support and professionalism of our team, I look forward to working with Michael to continue to build a close and collaborative relationship with our stakeholders and partners.

Working collaboratively

Since commencing with the NHFB in April 2018, I have discussed the challenges facing public hospital funding with our stakeholders and partners.

I look forward to building on our relationships with health officials of all jurisdictions, and creating a strong network to facilitate accurate and transparent funding from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to public hospitals.

Future challenges and opportunities

I have worked with my colleagues to develop and release a new

Corporate Plan, Strategic Direction and Risk Tolerance statement for 2018–19. These documents set our direction for the next four years to 2021–22 and outline the approach we will take to fulfill our purpose.

Together with my small, professional and responsive team, we are committed to delivering on our purpose and improving the transparency of public hospital funding in Australia.

Mr Shannon White

Chief Executive Officer 4 October 2018