Our Healthcare Future : Immediate Actions

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Our Healthcare Future: Immediate Actions

The Department of Health is implementing a suite of immediate actions (see full list below), as a part of the development and implementation of a new long-term plan for healthcare in Tasmania and is committed to providing regular public updates on progress on a quarterly basis. Click below to view the latest update:

Our Healthcare Future: Progress Summary Reports

Improvement Area 1 – Better Community Care

Reform Initiative 1: Increase and better target our investment to the right care, place and time to maximise benefits to patients.

  • Finalise implementation and evaluate the Southern Hospital in the Home Trial.
  • Consult stakeholders on the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) Feasibility Study findings and finalise future delivery models.
  • Develop and implement a service that provides GPs and other primary care health professionals with rapid access to staff specialists in the North and North West to provide care to people with chronic and complex healthcare needs, particularly during early acute exacerbations of chronic conditions.
  • Building on Tasmania's response to COVID-19 which included significant focus on telehealth, develop and implement a Telehealth Strategy for Tasmania that provides high quality patient care and integrates service delivery across acute, subacute, primary and community care.

Improvement Area 2 – Modernising Tasmania’s Health System

Reform Initiative 2: Invest in modern ICT infrastructure to digitally transform our hospitals, improve patient information outcomes and better manage our workforce.

  • Procure and implement a new Human Resources Information System (HRIS) to replace payroll, rostering, workplace health and safety, conduct and leave management.
  • Develop a Health ICT Plan 2020 - 2030 encompassing electronic medical records, an new patient information system, electronic tools for managing care for patients in appropriate settings, and the new Human Resource Information System.
  • Partner with Primary Health Tasmania to improve patient care b enhancing the interface between specialist and primary healthcare through:
    • implementation of a single eReferral system between primary care and the Tasmanian Health Service
    • scoping the requirements to implement a secure web-based application to enable GPs to view key information about patients in the care held by the Tasmanian Health Service
    • a continued partnership based focus on the development and implementation of jointly agreed clinician led Tasmanian health pathways.

Improvement Area 3 – Planning for the Future

Reform Initiative 3a: Develop a long-term health infrastructure strategy for Tasmania.

  • Develop a 20 year Tasmanian health infrastructure strategy to ensure our health facilities enable us to deliver the right care, in the right place and at the right time to improve access to quality healthcare and help manage demand for acute hospital services. This will be informed by the masterplans for each of the major hospitals and include District Hospitals, community health centres, ambulance services and mental health infrastructure.

Reform Initiative 3b: Build a strong health professional workforce, aligned to a highly integrated health service, to meet the needs of Tasmanians.

  • Release Health Workforce 2040 for consultation.
  • Provide an opportunity for health professionals, health services, educational institutions and future health professionals to review and provide further input into the draft Health Workforce 2040 strategy. This will inform the final Focus Areas and Actions in the strategy.
  • Partner with the University of Tasmania to better help support the recruitment of targeted specialists in regional areas through conjoint appointments, with a focus on the North West.
  • Engage with the University of Tasmania to explore the alignment of future course offerings to future identified gaps in the workforce.

Reform Initiative 3c: Strengthen the clinical and consumer voice in health service planning.

  • Establish a Statewide Clinical Senate to provide expert advice to the Secretary, Department of Health and Ministers on health service planning. The purpose, role and function of the Clinical Senate will be co-designed with key stakeholders.
  • Establish a Future Health Leaders Forum to support and develop emerging health leaders.

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

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