NSW Department of Health

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Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Overly bureaucratic and rigid, but safe

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NSW Department of Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (i.e. ADOs) and safe employment

    Cons

    Hard to get anything done

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility, trust, and less bureaucracy and paperwork

  2. Pathology LIS Analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at NSW Department of Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    As the position is tightly regulated, you get everything your entitled to.
    Job security is relatively high - staff are not usually terminated but Redundancies are used to cut numbers as needed.

    Cons

    Parking costs are becoming very high
    Entrenched doctrines make change slow and ponderous
    Targets set by faceless remote bureaucrats
    Privatisation is a nagging worry.

    Advice to Management

    The availability of ADOs is a great feature and I suspect greatly reduces taking of 'sickies' - don't get rid of it.

  3. HealthShare - Toxic, frustrating, and thoroughly incompetent. A disguising waste of taxpayers money!

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    Former Employee - Finance Management in Chatswood (Australia)
    Former Employee - Finance Management in Chatswood (Australia)

    I worked at NSW Department of Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    RDO's, FACS Leave, Work/Life Balance, Salary is OK

    Cons

    There is a systematic culture of bullying and embarrassment, supported by the CEO of HealthShare, who employs his "friends" (lackies) as Directors. These "friends" are paid $1700 - $3000 per day through Recruitment Consultancies on multi year arrangements, and treat Staff with disdain. These people connive to protect each other, and undermine others. When there is an issue, a scape goat is needed, and they "point the finger" at a lower level Employee, or, Project Manager and terminate their employment. I have known employees to threaten suicide, take weeks off work on stress leave, and in one instance, commit suicide. There is also one Management Consultancy (a friend of the CEO HealthShare) that had supplied an inappropriately high number of Staff, again, on multi year arrangements, to do work that can easily be done by salaried staff at a fraction of the cost. Thus exacerbating my earlier point that this Directorate is a disguising waste of taxpayers money - that I experienced first hand over numerous years.
    The Workforce branch supports the CEO's modus operandi. And, is part of the problem.
    Staff progress on a favoritism basis, and certainly not on merit.

    Advice to Management

    The Directorate requires thorough external and unbiased scrutiny, probity, and restructure at all levels. Corruption, cronyism and a disturbing level of incompetence exist in this Organisation

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  5. A depressing view of how my taxes are being wasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at NSW Department of Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance is really the only benefit here. At the lower end admin people are overpaid relative to their market value. At the senior end, people are under paid relative to market.

    Cons

    The mismanagement and waste is shameful. Public service mediocrity is the norm as its impossible to remove poor performers as managers are too afraid to be perceived poorly by others. Those that are surplus are referred to as displaced but don't actually leave ! They can continue to be there for years, surfing the net on full pay.

    Advice to Management

    Morale would improve if the dead wood was removed.

  6. great patients, skilled colleagues, sociopathic upper management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at NSW Department of Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    fascinating and varied patients
    important and worthwhile work
    talented, skilled and experienced co-workers
    Lots of good leave- inc paid maternity and SLS

    Cons

    the management are ambitious, manipulative sociopaths- this cannot be said enough. It takes 6 months for new staff to become cynical to them and their lies.

    The only time management are held accountable for their actions is a EQUIP time, so then they scramble to cover up 4 years of neglect by promising improvements to the staff so we will say the right things to the Equip assessors and they will get away with their actions. Once Equip is over- the promises get broken.

    The workload is often unreasonable- if you work too hard, then that becomes the accepted norm, and then when you burn out, it is interpreted as you having an anxiety disorder.

    There are too many demands on staff to do irrelevant work- file audits, vehicle inspections, irrelevant training.

    There is lots of emphasis on compiling statistics- which actually do not get looked at by people with the skills to do so and get misinterpreted at the first political opportunity.

    Different services within health get funding and support depending on the bias and whims of the CEO and the cuteness of the patient population.

    In our LHD, the management emphasis is on staying out of the media rather than good long-term patient management. When your service is not popular, they'll order a review on it to work out how to cut it down further.

    Managers without clinical skills think that it is ok for them to make clinical decisions about clients needs.

    Advice to Management

    we know when you are lying to us.
    Please look at the research and evidence with an unbiased apolitical eye- otherwise what was the point of commissioning it?
    Your staff and patients know what you patients need- Why are you not listening to us???

  7. working as a nurse is hectic but a fulfilling job. NSW health needs to increase nurses pay for the work they do!

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at NSW Department of Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good benefits such as 76 hours sick pay per year. 6 weeks paid annual leave for rotating nurses and long service leave upon 10th year of employment in the public system

    Cons

    salary could be better for the job that nurses do! low resourses in terms of staffing. nurses ended up overworked which is not good for patient care. overworked employees means more medicine errors, occupational safety issues.

  8. Hospital operation performance data management and reporting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NSW Department of Health

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good working hours tax deduction

    Cons

    No salary increase or advancement unless job changing

  9. Wouldn't work here again.

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    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at NSW Department of Health as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work and some good people.

    Cons

    Politics, red tape and lack of good management - a toxic environment.

  10. I like my job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at NSW Department of Health

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good work life balance, nice people

    Cons

    Bullying, different rules for some poeple

  11. A fair place to work as a health care worker with a good balance of work and lifestyle

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    Former Employee - Resident Medical Officer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Resident Medical Officer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at NSW Department of Health

    Pros

    Stimulating work and high quality supervisors. There is also a wide range of employment options.

    Cons

    Poor HR and medical administration.
    Poorly funded by the NSW government especially in non metropolitan regions.
    Standardised career pathway that rarely if at all rewards excellence

    Advice to Management

    Greater emphasis on flexibility especially as regards to allocation of terms and leave throughout the year.

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