A Healthy Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government came to office in 2014 with a goal to make Tasmania the healthiest population in Australia by 2025. This is a necessarily ambitious target, since Tasmanians currently experience some of the worst population health outcomes in the country, with high rates of chronic disease and health risk factors like smoking, obesity, poor nutrition, low physical activity levels, and risky alcohol consumption.

Ambition is important if we truly want to work together as a community to improve our health and wellbeing. Getting a good start to life in developing healthy habits early is critical for a healthy adulthood and healthy ageing. Keeping ourselves healthier for longer and managing our risk of chronic disease is an integral part of living happy, productive and fulfilled lives.

The Government came to office with a clear commitment to overhaul governance of, and investment in, preventive health. The Government has delivered the next step in this process with the release of the Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan – Community Consultation Draft, which incorporates work done by the University of Tasmania and the Healthy Tasmania Committee of the Health Council of Tasmania. Again, we thank those involved for their commitment and effort in delivering that work.

The Consultation Draft poses questions about a proposed new approach to preventive health in Tasmania, including the Government's priority areas for action and related initiatives that could be immediately implemented.Stakeholder feedback will be used to test and refine principles and strategies that should underpin preventive health reform in Tasmania. This will be used to develop the final Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan, to be released in 2016.

Community Forums

The Health Council of Tasmania is holding community consultation forums across the State in February 2016.

The community forums will provide key stakeholders and community groups an opportunity to provide feedback as well as encourage discussion about the proposed new approach to preventative health in Tasmania.

All interested parties are invited to register their interest in attending any of the forums by contacting ahealthytasmania@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Forum dates and venues

  • Launceston
    Monday, 15 February, Tamar Valley Room Albert Hall, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Burnie
    Thursday, 18 February, Braddon Hall, Burnie Arts and Function Centre, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Devonport
    Thursday, 18 February, Centenary Court, Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre,
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Hobart
    Friday, 19 February, Elizabeth Street Conference Room, Town Hall, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Stakeholder Submissions

Submissions are invited addressing the questions raised in the Consultation Draft. A full list of questions can be found at the end of the document. The closing date for submissions is 19 February 2016. Stakeholders are asked to forward submissions to:

Email: ahealthytasmania@dhhs.tas.gov.au

A Healthy Tasmania
Department of Health and Human Services
GPO Box 125
Hobart TAS 7001

Please note that the content of submissions will be made public unless specifically identified as confidential. DHHS will publish a list of individuals and organisations that provide submissions on its website. If you do not wish to be included, please clearly indicate this in your feedback.