On Health…

Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Health, 14 July 2021 NORTH WEST COMMUNITY SET TO RECEIVE BETTER CARE WITH THE COMMUNITY RAPID RESPONSE SERVICE NOW PERMANENT The Tasmanian Liberal Government is strengthening community care, investing an additional $52 million for in-home and locally delivered community health services. This investment includes funding dedicated to our Community Rapid Response Service (ComRRS) in the North West, and … Continue reading On Health…

Labor promises $4m to support 10 after-hours pharmacies

  Labor is promising to support 10 after-hours pharmacies across the state with $4 million, something the Tasmania Pharmacy Guild is welcoming. The party, if elected, is promising to provide $1 million a year to support 10 after-hours pharmacies. Labor health spokesperson Bastian Seidel said by expanding access to after-hours pharmacies, it helped reduce the number of presentations to emergency departments for minor ailments. “Tasmania’s … Continue reading Labor promises $4m to support 10 after-hours pharmacies

Bastian Seidel: Liberal’s Launceston General Hospital promise a sham

Less than two weeks after the Tasmanian state election Peter Gutwein’s $580 million signature health policy for the Launceston General Hospital development has been exposed as little more than wishful thinking. Never shy of making big announcements – and failing abysmally to actually deliver – Mr Gutwein and his then Health Minister Sarah Courtney came out swinging early in the election campaign with bold promises on … Continue reading Bastian Seidel: Liberal’s Launceston General Hospital promise a sham

Labor promises to recruit medicos and return maternity services to the Mersey

Labor hopes an election pledge to return routine birthing services to the Mersey Community Hospital and recruit more permanent medicos to the site could be a health game-changer in Braddon. Labor’s Dr Bastian Seidel said he was confident a level two maternity service delivering routine births and the provision for caesarian sections where necessary could be reintroduced by Labor to the MCH within two years. … Continue reading Labor promises to recruit medicos and return maternity services to the Mersey

Labor promises 144 new paramedics, 10 extended hour GP centres and two new paramedic stations

The Labor Party is promising to employ an additional 144 paramedics and establish 10 general practice extended care centres as part of its $167 million ambulance strategy. It promises 24/7 paramedic coverage at all Tasmanian ambulance stations, 144 new full-time paramedics, new double branch stations in Channel and Oakdowns and the establishment of 10 GP extended care centres around the state. Labor leader Rebecca White … Continue reading Labor promises 144 new paramedics, 10 extended hour GP centres and two new paramedic stations

Labor’s $197m pledge for Tas rural health

All rural Tasmanian hospitals will provide 24/seven emergency care under a state Labor government, the party promises. State Opposition Leader Rebecca White on Saturday launched the party’s health plan, pledging to reverse “seven years of neglect” by the Liberal government, if voters hand Labor majority government at the May 1 election. The incumbent Liberal government was quick to fire back, saying that Tasmanians remember the … Continue reading Labor’s $197m pledge for Tas rural health

Ambulance Issues

Media release – Sarah Courtney, Minister for Health, 4 March 2021 SECONDARY TRIAGE ALREADY WORKING Last week, 127 Triple-0 calls were referred into secondary triage by Ambulance Tasmania, with 31 of those referred on to other response pathways. Secondary triage is a brand new service in Tasmania that builds on the existing clinical assessment by Ambulance Tasmania’s highly trained staff. Paramedics and nurses are providing … Continue reading Ambulance Issues

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare releases data on out-of-pocket medical expenses

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is calling for the Medicare rebate to increased amidst concern people are being deterred from regular doctor appointments due to out-of-pocket expenses. The body’s president and Tasmanian-based general practitioner, Bastian Seidel (pictured), said GPs were regularly being asked by patients to bulk-bill them which placed them in a precarious ethical position. He said more regular visits to the GP would clearly lead … Continue reading Australian Institute of Health and Welfare releases data on out-of-pocket medical expenses

Federal Budget 2018: Changes will push patients onto generic medicines

AUSTRALIANS will be automatically shifted off their brand name drugs on to generic medicines under a $335 million cost-saving move in the budget that could prove confusing for elderly people. A new electronic prescription software program will default to prescribing generic versions of medicines and patients who want to continue getting the brand name drugs will have to ask their doctor to go through a … Continue reading Federal Budget 2018: Changes will push patients onto generic medicines

Medicare rebates for GPs to rise but knee MRIs, sleep studies and back surgery restricted in budget

THE Medicare levy for GP visits will rise, there will be help to get more doctors and health workers in the bush and new Medicare rebates for cancer scans in next week’s budget. But a series of budget cuts will see patients find it harder to get an MRI scan of their knee and people with sleep problems will face new restrictions on access to … Continue reading Medicare rebates for GPs to rise but knee MRIs, sleep studies and back surgery restricted in budget