The Tasmanian Health Organisation – North has integrated its hospital and community health services to improve the experience of patients and the use our resources and staff.
Primary and secondary health care in the North operate under a single management team, bringing operational management closer to the patient.
Patients not needing acute care can be cared for closer to where they live in an environment that will speed their recovery. Having more people cared for in the community, reduces pressure on our hospitals, which will help free up beds in the Launceston General Hospital for patients needing acute care, and better use beds in the rest of the area.
Tasmania’s primary health care and secondary sectors agree that greater collaboration will help create a healthier population and more effectively and flexibly use health services’ human, financial and physical resources at the local level.
THO - North better links information systems between the primary and secondary sectors, and between all health professionals whether they are employed by the state, commonwealth or private sector.
The THO - North involves the community through community forums that discuss local health issues and area funding priorities, and provide feedback. Decisions about where resources will go are made at a local level.
The community networks include patients, GPs and people representing hospitals, primary health, non-government organisations, mental health services and local government. They identify what’s working at the local level and what is not.
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