NCAHS head office to be based in Lismore



LISMORE is the designated head office for the new North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS).

The NCAHS, which came into being on January 1, combines most of the old Mid North Coast Area Health Service (MNCAHS) and the old Northern Rivers Area Health Service (NRAHS).

The new chief executive for the merged North Coast Area Health Service, Chros Crawford, was formerly the CEO of the Northern Rivers Area Health Service.

All six of the directors of corporate services whose appointment was announced recently, will work out of the area office in Lismore.

But there will continue to be a 'significant administrative structure' in Port Macquarie as well as a number of senior staff members who will not be placed in Lismore, a spokesman for the NCAHS said.

Video links and the use of video conferencing, already widely used, will be expanded to help streamline administration in the enlarged health area, which stretches from Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads and covers about half a million residents.

More consideration will also be given to networking facilities and to referral patterns under the new structure and there is expected to be more clinical interaction between Coffs Harbour and Grafton hospitals.

There is already considerable clinical interaction between Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie hospitals, including a project to build two radiotherapy units, one at each of these two hospitals.

The new health entity does not yet have a corporate logo or signage, but there are plans for an internal competition for a logo design.

The names of those appointed to the area's new consumer health advisory group are expected to be announced next month.



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