Our Healthcare Future – Next Steps

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Our Healthcare Future – Next Steps

The next step in the Our Healthcare Future reforms is to co-design a new long-term plan for healthcare in Tasmania that outlines a vision and a policy for a sustainable high quality health system.

The plan will point the way towards a more sustainable health system for the future, focused on achieving better outcomes for consumers, their families and carers now and in the future. It will also build on and bring together the significant pieces of work already done.

The Plan

The long-term plan will be developed over a series of stages, which will include the development of:

  • Our Healthcare Future: Advancing Tasmania’s Health to provide a shared vision and policy direction for a sustainable health system.
  • regional clinical service planning that would encompass both primary and acute, sub-acute and community health services and occur in alignment with upcoming infrastructure master planning activities.
  • a long-term plan for healthcare in Tasmania will be completed and released in December 2022.

Expert Advisory Group

An Expert Advisory Group has been established by the Department to engage key stakeholders and guide further policy development. The focus of the Group will be to guide:

  • a Literature Review focused on strengthening healthcare in the community as a part of a focus on delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time, to identify evidence-based strategies for Tasmania
  • a Data Analysis Exercise to model projected demand for healthcare in Tasmania based on population needs, with a focus on identifying the future need for community care
  • development of an exposure draft of Our Healthcare Future: Advancing Tasmania’s Health by December 2021.

The Expert Advisory Group is chaired by Professor Denise Fassett, Executive Dean, College of Health and Medicine at the University of Tasmania and includes representatives from key stakeholder groups including health consumers, clinicians, primary health and social services, together with senior members of the Department.

The Expert Advisory Group has been chosen for their knowledge and experience of the Tasmanian health system, and ability to champion better outcomes for consumers, their families and carers now and in the future.

Collaborative Design Processes

As the Department continues to implement the Immediate Actions set out in the Our Healthcare Future Immediate Actions and Consultation Paper, several collaborative design process will occur in parallel with the development of the Plan.

Collaborative design processes will focus on strengthening the clinical and consumer voice in health planning, as set out in Reform Initiative 3c of the Our Healthcare Future Immediate Actions and Consultation Paper.

The following activities will take place in close collaboration with stakeholders:

  • co-design of a Statewide Clinical Senate with clinicians and consumers
  • establishment of a Future Health Leaders Forum.

The collaborative design process begins with the release of the Establishing a Statewide Clinical Senate for Tasmania Issues Paper. Regional forums will also be held 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.

To find out more about the Clinical Senate, register your interest in attending a regional forum or provide your feedback in response to the Issues Paper, please visit the Clinical Senate of Tasmania webpage or email ourhealthcarefuture@health.tas.gov.au.

Successful delivery of the Tasmanian Health Services Plan will require ongoing collaboration with health consumers, healthcare professionals and stakeholders.

There will be a number of opportunities to participate in the development of the long-term plan over the next 12 to 18 months as the more detailed clinical services planning takes place, as well as hospital and other local health facilities masterplanning happening at a regional level.

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