Tasmania was the first State to sign up to the National Health and Hospitals Network reform program at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in April 2010. The reforms will ultimately mean better health and hospital services for all Tasmanians.
The national reforms build on changes Tasmania has been putting in place through Tasmania’s Health Plan, to make sure rising demand for good health care can be met in the next decade and beyond.
It’s important to note that while there is broad agreement to the reforms, details are still being worked through. There are still some important decisions to be made, which will affect how the changes will be implemented in Tasmania.
We have started the complex task of working out the best way to implement this broad suite of reforms – which go across hospitals, primary health care, aged care, disability services, mental health services and the health workforce.
The State Government has committed to wide consultation to ensure the most is made of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to make our health care system and care for Tasmanian patients even better.