Consultation Paper and Emerging Themes

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Consultation Paper and Emerging Themes

The release of the Our Healthcare Future Immediate Actions and Consultation Paper in late 2020 marked the start of the Stage Two reforms.

The Consultation Paper highlighted key issues impacting healthcare in Tasmania now and in the future, and proposed three key improvement areas, including immediate actions the Tasmanian Government is taking now, and consultation questions to guide future planning:

  1. Better Community Care
  2. Modernising Tasmania’s Health System
  3. Planning for the Future.

The Department of Health would like to thank all the organisations and individuals who prepared submissions in response to the Consultation Paper.

Analysis of Submissions - Emerging Themes

Submissions were received from a broad cross section of the community, including consumers, clinicians, professional groups, service providers, advocacy groups, policy experts and academics. The submissions are available to access at the link below.

The Department has completed an analysis outlining the key themes to emerge from the submissions. The report is available to access in full and summary versions at the link below.

The analysis found:

  • wide support from respondents for the overarching themes of the reforms proposed in the Consultation Paper
  • strong support for patients to be treated in the community setting where possible and appropriate, and for greater emphasis on preventative health
  • an acknowledged need for digital transformation, long-term infrastructure and workforce planning to improve access to services and support new models of care.

The submissions noted the importance of health professionals and consumers being involved in health planning and supported the creation of a Statewide Clinical Senate and other consumer and clinical engagement strategies to assist in providing this advice.

Further themes to emerge against each of the three key improvement areas – Better Community Care, Modernising Tasmania’s Health System, and Planning for the Future – are set out in detail in the Emerging Themes report.

The report also maps the key themes from the submissions against improvement activities that the Tasmanian Government has planned or underway, to identify opportunities for further reform under Our Healthcare Future.

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