Local Hospital Networks

A total of 136 Local Hospital Networks have been established across all states and territories. Of these, 123 are geographically based networks and 13 are state or territory-wide networks that will deliver specialised hospital services across some jurisdictions.

What is a Local Hospital Network?

Each Local Hospital Network consists of small groups of local hospitals, or an individual hospital, linking services within a region or through specialist networks across a state or territory.

Local Hospital Networks will be locally responsive and will work closely with Medicare Locals (established to coordinate primary health care) to deliver better integrated care to patients.

Localised governance arrangements for Local Hospital Networks provide for decentralised hospital management, and will increase local accountability to underpin and drive improvements in performance into the future. The establishment of Local Hospital Networks are provided for under the National Health Reform Agreement.

Local Hospital Networks – Maps

Maps by state and territory

New South Wales


South Australia

Western Australia


Northern Territory

Australian Capital Territory

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