Clinical Senate of Tasmania

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Tasmanian Clinical Senate

Clinical Senates are well respected clinical and consumer engagement bodies that bring together clinicians from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, together with people who use health services to provide independent, evidence-based advice on issues of statewide, strategic importance to public health systems.

A statewide Clinical Senate for Tasmania will provide expert advice to the Secretary, Department of Health and Ministers on health service planning.

Our Healthcare Future Immediate Actions and Consultation Paper

The Tasmanian Government’s Our Healthcare Future: Immediate Actions and Consultation Paper identified “strengthening the clinical and consumer voice in health service planning” as a reform initiative and vital next step in optimising Tasmania’s health service planning and governance processes.

The Department of Health has received feedback and comment on the establishment of a Clinical Senate as part of a call for responses to the Our Healthcare Future: Immediate Actions and Consultation Paper. Submissions were received from a broad cross section of the community and noted the importance of health professionals and consumers being involved in health planning.

The submissions supported the creation of a statewide Clinical Senate and other consumer and clinical engagement strategies to assist in providing this advice. The Department has completed a Thematic Analysis (full and summary versions) of the emerging themes, including the establishment of the Clinical Senate.

Establishing a Statewide Clinical Senate for Tasmania Issues Paper

The Department has released an Issues Paper that outlines the key issues, opportunities, challenges and risks that surround the establishment of a statewide Clinical Senate. It describes key issues for further consideration and consultation.

The Department is now seeking feedback in response to the Issues Paper . Interested persons are welcome to send their comments, particularly in relation to the ‘Issues for Further Consideration and Consultation’ to ourhealthcarefuture@health.tas.gov.au. You may also choose to phone 6166 1075 to speak directly to a member of the Health Planning Unit.

Regional Stakeholder Forums

The next steps in establishing a Clinical Senate are regional stakeholder forums and other meetings with health consumers, health professionals and other key stakeholders to design its purpose, role and functions. The Issues Paper will act as a guide to the conversation that takes place.

These regional forums will be across the state in October and November 2021. Details regarding the forums will be advertised shortly.

Further Information

For further information, to register your interest in attending the forums, or to provide input to the design process by commenting on the Issues Paper please email ourhealthcarefuture@health.tas.gov.au or phone 6166 1075.

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