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$459 million Health Boost for Southern Tasmania

Will Hodgman, Premier
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health 

A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will prioritise health with a record $459 million investment for Southern Tasmania to take health services to the next level.

This will build on the significant investment we have already made over the past four years in extra nurses, beds and services.

Having fixed the budget we are now able to invest in an extra 250 beds to further ease pressure on the Royal Hobart Hospital.

This is in addition to 25 extra mental health beds already announced.

The 250 extra beds announced today is just what the doctor ordered. Beds will begin opening 12 months after the RHH redevelopment is complete with all beds open in 2024.

This includes 10 new Intensive Care Unit beds, a 50 per cent increase in capacity.

Biggest staffing boost ever. To support these beds an extra 946 full time staff will be recruited including 594 nurses, 125 doctors, more than 85 additional allied health professionals and almost 140 other hospital staff.  Additional staff recruited across other southern health services will see the total number of new staff boosted by 1073.

Next stage of Royal Hobart Hospital Health precinct. Within our first 100 days we will establish a Clinical Planning Taskforce to begin planning the next stage of the Royal Hobart Hospital Health Precinct and to look at potential future uses for the J Block inpatient building. The Taskforce will include representation from senior doctors and nurses, professional organisations and unions.

Capital Upgrades. $28 million will be invested to redevelop existing wards at the RHH and the Repatriation Hospital. We will also provide an additional $3 million over two years to upgrade air-conditioning at the RHH  to ensure patients, visitors and staff are more comfortable in both summer and winter.

20 year Future Health Workforce Plan. We recognise the importance of ensuring we have the health professionals needed to support beds now and into the future. A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will establish a Health Recruitment, Retention and Workforce Planning Unit which will be tasked with recruiting health professionals to support new beds as well as develop a workforce plan for the next 20 years. A first for Tasmania, this Plan will address current and future training and recruitment needs, re-training, post graduate training and recruitment processes.

Better home based health care. A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will extend Community Rapid Response to the Greater Hobart area to take pressure off the Royal Hobart Hospital. Already a success in the Launceston region, the three year Hobart pilot will see people who need short term intermediate care able to access health services in the comfort of their own home or in the community, freeing up hospital beds.

Upgrade of Midlands Multipurpose Centre.  An important health facility servicing the Oatlands area the Midland Multipurpose Centre is in need of a major upgrade with the main building dating back to 1970. $2.5 million will be provided to improve the layout, increase space and allow more privacy.

Only a majority Hodgman Liberal Government will deliver the health system Tasmanians expect and deserve.

For more details on our Record boost to Health, click here.
For more details on our Record boost for Mental Health Care, click here.