Labor health spokesperson Bastian Seidel on how Labor will slow presentations to hospitals and acute services in Tasmania

Health is a major election issue, and almost unanimously those working in the sector say more needs to be spent on prevention to slow the ever increasing demand on acute services. What is Labor’s preventative health and mental health policy? Labor spokesperson for health and mental health spoke to Piia Wirsu. Continue reading Labor health spokesperson Bastian Seidel on how Labor will slow presentations to hospitals and acute services in Tasmania

New shadow minister for health Dr Bastian Seidel on the problems with Tasmania’s health system and the future of the Mersey

Only six months after entering politics, Huonville’s Dr Bastian Seidel has been handed the responsibility of making the health portfolio the poisoned chalice it is often claimed to be for Minister Sarah Courtney. Dr Seidel was appointed Labor’s shadow health minister in a reshuffle announced on Monday. The new position means Dr Seidel will be going head-to-head with Ms Courtney, and will also be charged … Continue reading New shadow minister for health Dr Bastian Seidel on the problems with Tasmania’s health system and the future of the Mersey

Dr Bastian Seidel says $240,000 report is sitting with the government

A $240,000 report from 2018 looking at establishing urgent health care centres in Tasmania should be released, Labor MLC Bastian Seidel says. Dr Seidel, a GP and member for Huon, said primary care was “absolutely essential” to take the pressure off emergency departments at Tasmanian hospitals. In Question Time in the Legislative Council, he said the government awarded $240,000 in taxpayers’ funding to an external … Continue reading Dr Bastian Seidel says $240,000 report is sitting with the government

Tasmanian GPs are well informed and equipped to deal with emerging coronavirus

TASMANIA is well prepared for the emerging coronavirus pandemic says Huonville general practitioner, Dr Bastian Seidel. Two Tasmanians have so far been tested for the virus – one in Hobart and one in Launceston. Both have been cleared of infection. Dr Seidel, spokesman and former president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, said there was no need for the community to panic. “Realistically we’ve … Continue reading Tasmanian GPs are well informed and equipped to deal with emerging coronavirus

Cheapest, most expensive regions to visit a GP in Tasmania

Tasmania’s cheapest and most expensive areas for doctors’ visits have been revealed in a new analysis of Medicare data. Out-of-pocket costs for patients in Tasmania’s south in the federal electorate of Franklin are the highest in the state at $40.80 on average, according to federal Health Department figures. Braddon in the state’s north west had the lowest out-of-pocket costs at $34.67, an analysis by the … Continue reading Cheapest, most expensive regions to visit a GP in Tasmania

Concern hospital staff will leave as health crisis mounts

THE deteriorating state of Tasmania’s health system could mean doctors, nurses and paramedics leave the state in droves, the State Government has been warned. With ambulance ramping and bed block plaguing the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmanian medical professionals fear a mass exodus of staff will add to the state’s poor reputation and make it impossible to recruit medics from interstate. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmanian … Continue reading Concern hospital staff will leave as health crisis mounts

Royal Hobart Hospital junior medical staff set to issue ultimatum over ‘safety’

Key points: The ABC understands more than 70 junior medical staff have put their names to a letter which alleges a “lack of commitment to the safety of its most junior staff and their patients” by Tasmanian Health Service management The letter says junior staff are “so very tired of a culture that tolerates our fatigue in the pursuit of ‘patient flow’” The letter also … Continue reading Royal Hobart Hospital junior medical staff set to issue ultimatum over ‘safety’

What is naloxone, the ‘EpiPen of overdose’, and why are so few Tasmanians using it?

Unintentional overdoses claimed the lives of 30 Tasmanians in 2017, and once again the leading cause was opioids. So why are so few Tasmanians accessing naloxone, the reversing agent that’s been called the “EpiPen of overdose”? What is naloxone? Naloxone is a lifesaving drug that can temporarily reverse an overdose from opioids. In North America, where an opioid crisis fuelled by fentanyl and oxycodone has … Continue reading What is naloxone, the ‘EpiPen of overdose’, and why are so few Tasmanians using it?

Tasmanian men are some of the unhealthiest in the nation

TASMANIAN men spend more time and money caring for their car than themselves, so it’s no wonder they are dying six years earlier than Tasmanian women, a leading GP says. The Australian Men’s Health Forum 2019 report card shows men’s health in Tasmania is among the worst in the country, ranked only behind the Northern Territory. It shows Tasmanian men, who live to 78 years … Continue reading Tasmanian men are some of the unhealthiest in the nation