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Our Healthcare Future Overview

As we recover from the COVID-19 situation, we must also address the long-term challenges our health system faces so that all Tasmanians have access to the healthcare they need, now and in the future.

Our Healthcare Future is Stage Two of the Tasmanian Government’s long-term reform agenda to consult, design and build a highly integrated and sustainable health service.

A copy of the Our Healthcare Future - Immediate Actions and Consultation Paper is available here (accessible PDF)

Our Healthcare Future will build a sustainable health system for the future by connecting and rebalancing care across our acute, subacute, rehabilitation, mental health and primary health sectors, through to care in the community.

A suite of immediate actions is being implemented, as a part of the development and implementation of a new long-term plan for healthcare in Tasmania. Highlights from the immediate actions include:

  • an initiative in the North and North West to provide GPs and other primary healthcare professionals with rapid access to medical specialists, to help them to provide care for people with chronic conditions in the community
  • consulting with stakeholders on the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) Feasibility Study findings and finalising future delivery models
  • finalising implementation and evaluation of the Southern Hospital in the Home Trial
  • a Telehealth Strategy to provide high quality, integrated patient care across Tasmania
  • a Health ICT Plan 2020 – 2030 to support future investment in the Digital Health Transformation Program
  • developing a 20-year Tasmanian health infrastructure strategy
  • releasing Health Workforce 2040 for consultation
  • establishing a Statewide Clinical Senate to provide expert advice to the Secretary, Department of Health and Ministers on health service planning.

In 2015, the One State, One Health System, Better Outcomes (Stage One) reforms took the vital first step of designing and implementing a single, statewide service.

These reforms focused on the four major hospitals and clearly defining their roles within the health system.

Since this time, over $1 billion dollars has been committed to health system infrastructure, and over $550 million to additional staffing and operational costs across our health system.

Despite this significant investment, demand for care continues to grow.

Tasmania’s unique social and demographic factors, including an ageing population and high number of people living with co-morbid health conditions, are a major cause behind this increase in demand.

Like other states and territories grappling with these issues, we also have people being cared for in hospital because the Tasmanian health system does not have enough subacute, primary, community and home-based services.

Care in the wrong place isn’t best for people and comes at a high cost.

Around $100 million is spent each year on care delivered in hospital that could have been delivered at a lower cost in the community.

The sustainability of our hospitals and the health of our community will be underpinned by better primary and community care.

Where appropriate and safe to do so, this will include alternatives to hospital care that are delivered in the community, closer to home.

Consequently, the Stage Two reforms will take the important next step of focusing on the delivery of better care in the community, as part of a balanced and sustainable health system – right care, in the right place, at the right time.

For further information, or to stay informed about the consultation process contact ourhealthcarefuture@health.tas.gov.au.

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