Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

12 July 2019

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Health

EMBARGOED: Delivering a more efficient health system


To ensure ambulance patients receive the health care Tasmanians expect, the Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on our promise to establish a secondary triage service.

Tenders open today for the delivery of a Clinical Decision Support System, to facilitate state wide delivery of Secondary Triage services for Ambulance Tasmania.

Secondary triage provides an alternative pathway to dealing with Triple Zero calls, ensuring that patients can receive the care most needed, while making sure ambulance services are best utilised.

This initiative will ensure patients, who do not require emergency treatment or transportation to the Emergency Department, are connected with more appropriate health services.

Once fully operational, the secondary triage service will assess an estimated 22,000 Triple Zero calls per year, and has the potential to divert up to 16,000 patients to alternate service providers.

This means more paramedics will be available for emergency calls, and more paramedics are able to attend to the most urgent call outs.

The 2019-20 State Budget invests a record amount into the health system, including a $125 million boost for ambulance services alone. This latest announcement is further proof the Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on our long-term plan to build a better health system for Tasmanians.

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