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Hospital wait times decline despite increased demand

The latest AIHW report shows elective surgery average waiting times in Tasmania are the lowest they’ve been in five years.*

It also highlights an improvement for the longest waiting patients. In fact, Tasmania is now better than average and in the top four in the nation.#
This is driven by Tasmania having the highest per capita rate of surgery of any state or territory in Australia. This shows our additional funding for elective is working to reduce waiting times. read more…

Delivering on our Plan in 2018

The Hodgman Majority Liberal Government has delivered the most productive parliamentary election year since 2002 and the nation’s best performing economy in 2018.

Under the strong leadership of Premier Will Hodgman we have delivered on our first-year agenda, passed more than 50 pieces of important legislation, and created thousands more jobs to deliver record levels of employment in Tasmania.

We’ve invested record amounts in health and education, hired hundreds more health staff, more teachers and more police.

Meanwhile, the Labor-Green alliance has broken records of their own read more…

Delivering our health plan

In 2018, the Hodgman Majority Liberal Government has continued to make health a top priority, and we have delivered results.

Since the election, we have recruited more than 200 additional health staff, including 130 full-time equivalent nurses and 20 doctors.

We have been steadfastly focused on fixing a health system that was left badly damaged by Labor and the Greens, as well as dealing with increased demand on our hospitals. The Opposition can pull all the stunts it likes, but while they have talked, we have worked and delivered. read more…

Further improving the RHH Redevelopment

Due to increasing demand on our health system, the Tasmanian Government is making some important improvements to the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment.

On advice from Royal Hobart Hospital clinicians and the Clinical Planning Taskforce, the Government has made the decision to dedicate the entire 10th floor of the new K-block tower at the RHH to create a single general medicine and respiratory medicine ward. By grouping a greater number of general medical and respiratory medicine beds together in one space, patients will receive care on one designated ward, instead of multiple wards. This is expected to result in reduced lengths of stay, meaning they can recover faster and be at home sooner.

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Encouraging more women and diversity in IT

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to encouraging and fostering innovation in the Science and Information Technology sector, and supporting workforce development and diversity in the ICT industry.

The Government is working with industry partners to develop a new Workforce Development Plan, with a particular focus on encouraging more women into the industry.

In the State Budget, we have committed $75,000 for this important initiative.

In its first meeting, the working group, which includes TasICT and the Australian Computer Society, has begun work on the plan in conjunction with Government agencies.

This Workforce Development Plan will not only create higher value jobs and encourage people to stay in or relocate to Tasmania to start businesses, but will further support the wider economy.

Closing the digital divide through the Digital Literacy Program

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to making sure all Tasmanians have equal opportunity to participate in the digital revolution.

The Government recognises that when Tasmanians are connected to digital services, they are healthier, safer, more productive and able to connect with local, national and OKinternational communities.

The 2018/19 Budget allocates $400,000 over four years to identifying ways to improve access and affordability to digital services, particularly low income households, older Tasmanians and people not in paid employment.

The Department of State Growth is currently working with other Government agencies, not-for-profit organisations and the private sector on a plan to enhance inclusivity for the most vulnerable, and to help close the digital divide, which will soon be rolled out across Tasmania.

The Government already provides all Tasmanians with the opportunity to improve digital capability through LINC Tasmania from more than 50 service points across the state.

LINC Tasmania, to become ‘Libraries Tasmania’ from July 1, oversees 20 Community Online Access Centres, which also provide computers connected to the internet for public access.

And of course, all Tasmanians can access free Wi-Fi via the Government’s Free Wi-Fi network, which has 69 locations around the state.

More than 500,000 users have accessed this service in over 1.3 million sessions since the first hotspot went live at Bridport in December 2015.

The Tasmanian Government will continue to deliver solutions to help close the digital divide in the community.

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