Unaudited Annual Return Processing

NSW Ministry of Health, 2011-2012

Since 2003, the Performance Analysis and Reporting Branch of the NSW Health Department, and then the Inter-Government and Funding Strategies Branch, have engaged Health Policy Analysis Pty Ltd to manage the collection process for the Unaudited Annual Return (UAR) submitted by Area Health Services.

The UAR Collection provides comprehensive data on expenditures, revenues and staff at the 'entity' level. Through the UAR, data on 393 entities are collected. Entities are defined to include: all hospitals, nursing homes, public health units, non-hospital mental health units, community health centres and a range of other types of entity. The project involved implementation of a range of processes to manage data quality. The projects have also involved preparation of NSW returns for the AIHW Health Expenditure Data Collection; preparation of NSW Returns for the AIHW Public Health Expenditure Collection preparation of an overall report on the collection, overall results, outputs and recommendations regarding data quality for the following year; and provision of relevant computer programs to the NSW Department/Ministry of Health for internal use.

The process has involved undertaking quality checks on receipt of the data from health services and liaising with health services to feed back issues; provision of draft Public Hospital Establishments NMDS; preparing a report on overall quality of UAR data and reconciliation to Audited Annual Return provision of AHCA indicators; provision of report on expenditures and revenues State Government Residential Aged Care Facilities; preparation of NSW returns for the AIHW Health Expenditure Data Collection; preparation of NSW Returns for the AIHW Public Health Expenditure Collection preparation of an overall report on the collection, overall results, outputs and recommendations regarding data quality for the following year; and provision of relevant computer programs to the NSW Department/Ministry of Health for internal use.

The project has been re-awarded to Health Policy Analysis over a number of years due to Health Policy Analysis’ in-depth understanding of accounting and costing processes by health care services, the ability to identify anomalies/data quality issues and the improvements that have been fed back and implemented incrementally.