Report points to better health services for Tasmanians

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A preliminary report on delivering better health services for Tasmanians has outlined early opportunities for structural and system improvement across the state's health system.

The first report by the Commission on Delivery of Health Services in Tasmania highlights suggestions raised by the community and sets the direction for the Commission in 2013.

The preliminary report is a first step towards improving access to healthcare for Tasmanian patients and lays the foundations for future work on redesigning Tasmania's health system.

The Commission is providing valuable information on how the Department of Health and Human Services can continue to improve its services, make them sustainable and prioritise available resources.

The report's key recommendations include:

       improving health services for patients by ensuring frontline services are provided as efficiently as possible

       improving the management of elective surgery to reduce waiting lists

       improving the coordination and effectiveness of hospital and health service management

       supporting doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers with better information and communication technology.

The Commission was set up in September 2012 to monitor implementation of the Australian Government's $325 million Tasmanian Health Assistance Package.

It was also asked to provide independent advice to the Australian and Tasmanian governments on how to redesign the state's health services to help better manage current and future pressures.

Read the preliminary report at www.tasmaniahealthcommission.gov.au

 25 February 2013