Fixing the Broken Health System

Tasmania’s health system is broken and needs to change. The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to fixing the broken system to ensure Tasmanians have access to better health services.

The release today of an exposure draft of the White Paper on delivering safe and sustainable clinical services continues what is already the most extensive and open conversation a Tasmanian government has ever had with the community about health.

The exposure draft outlines proposals for a significant increase in health services available in the North West and an increase in the complexity of cases which can be treated at the Launceston General Hospital.

As a result of the proposed changes outlined in the White Paper, our health system will operate as one single statewide system with each hospital having an important role to play. Hospitals will specialise in the procedures they are best suited to provide, and patients will have equal access to the hospital that is an expert in the treatment they need.
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Jack Jumper Desensitisation Program to continue statewide

The successful and life-saving Jack Jumper Desensitisation Program will continue to operate statewide and will also examine options to increase sales of Jack Jumper venom interstate.
These are the outcomes of the THO South’s review into the staffing and operation of the program, which was initiated last year.

This important allergy desensitisation program delivers services to patients across the state, with clinics held at the Royal Hobart Hospital and the North West Regional Hospital.
The clinical treatment regime consists of a weekly dose for 12 weeks, followed by a maintenance dose fortnightly to monthly for 12 months, and then quarterly dose for up to 5 years. Read more »

Royal Hobart Redevelopment back on track

Today I visited the RHH to inspect demolition works which will enable the major refurbishment program scheduled over the next 12 months of the redevelopment. These works will create new clinical and office spaces so hospital services can be relocated and the new K-Block constructed.

The existing B-Block at the RHH will be fully decanted for demolition before April 2016.

This has only been made possible through the development by the Rescue Taskforce of a fully costed decanting plan. The Hodgman Liberal Government’s decisive action to rescue the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment has got the project back on track.
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