Significant reform is underway to secure an effective, efficient and sustainable health system for Tasmania today, tomorrow and into the years to come.
Under National Health Reforms, communities have a greater say in their health care. Responsibility for delivering health care services rests with local Tasmanian Health Organisations (THO) rather than the Department of Health and Human Services.
From July 1, 2012, three THOs oversee the improvement of health outcomes for Tasmanians and deliver an unprecedented level of local ownership, local control and local decision making in the North, the North West and the South.
These reforms will also see the Commonwealth Government play a bigger role in funding public health services as demand and costs grow in the future.
In partnership with the Commonwealth, the State Government is continuing to invest in health infrastructure to ensure Tasmania's facilities are world class and allow for new and innovative models of care.
Roughly $750 million worth of projects have either recently been completed, are underway or are in the planning stages at our four major hospitals, underpinned by the $565 million Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment.