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Friday 12th October 2018


  • Page 18 - Hickey calls for rethink on failing systems, saying time has come for action.  Liberal MP Sue Hickey has called for a radical rethink of the state’s health, child protection, transport and housing problems, saying the culture of waste and blame needs to end. ONLINE

    Page 6 - Pressures on stressed Royal ease. The Opposition has warned that the Royal Hobart Hospital is still operating beyond its capacity after the Tasmanian Health Service stepped down its escalation point to three out of a possible four. ONLINE

    Page 16 - Re-invest in health, now. Premier Will Hodgman was right when he conceded — in a prepared speech on Sunday — that Tasmania’s health system is “far from good enough”. And while his concession was made in the context of his assurance that he was committed to reforming a health system that had been “disconnected and dysfunctional” under Labor, the core truth remains: Tasmania’s hospitals are seriously struggling.  Unions and the RHH staff association on Wednesday said the hospital was the worst it had been all year with issues of ramping, bed block and staff stress. ONLINE
     
    Page 18 - Put politics second, people first. Fixing the state’s healthcare woes would be easier if partisan politics were set aside. The political argy-bargy over the big issues facing our state needs to end
    — so we can fix them, says Sue Hickey. I recently listened to a speech delivered by Dr John Davis, Tasmanian President of the AMA, which focused on how he would like to see the health system in 2033. Whilst obviously idealistic, it described a system that would be functioning well and within budget to the benefit of all Tasmanians. His vision was that the broken parts would be fixed by sensible conversations between all the elements that govern the system.  ONLINE
     

    Page 3 - Private records could be exposed: GP. Tasmanians have until Monday to opt-out of the updated My Health Record service as doctors continue to express concerns over protections of sensitive medical information. ONLINE

    Page 13 - Hodgman says our hospitals are safe. Premier Will Hodgman has rejected suggestions Tasmania’s hospitals are unsafe. Health department secretary Michael Pervan also has moved to allay fears arising from a report which showed more than 80 Tasmanians a year died prematurely because of bed block in hospital emergency departments.


    Page 10 - Hospitals safe: Hodgman. Premier Will Hodgman has rejected suggestions Tasmania’s hospitals are unsafe. Health department secretary Michael Pervan also has moved to allay fears arising from a report which showed more than 80 Tasmanians a year died prematurely because of bed block in hospital emergency departments. ONLINE

    Page 10 - Private records could be exposed: GP. Tasmanians have until Monday to opt-out of the updated My Health Record service as doctors continue to express concerns over protections of sensitive medical information. ONLINE

Thursday 11th October 2018


  • Page 2 - Fears over health funds. More than one million health fund members will have their insurance policies axed, forcing them to shift to new cover that could cost them more under the biggest change to health cover in 20 years. Up to 14,542 older health insurance products could be scrapped because they won’t comply with the new four-tier Gold, Silver, Bronze and Basic classification system to be introduced next year. Older fund members, some of whom have had the same insurance product for more than 30 years, are likely to be hit hardest. But Health Minister Greg Hunt said it was “false” that products would be axed.

    Page 4 - Hospital hit by holiday hitch. Health Minister Michael Ferguson has lashed out at Hobart’s private hospitals after two closed their doors to some patients because of staff leave which he said was linked with school holidays. ONLINE

    Page 9 - Community care the key. Huonville GP Bastian Seidel has a different approach solving the health crisis. Dr Bastian Seidel has learnt croissants do not travel well on his bicycle. The Huonville GP, who completes his two-year presidency of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners today, often rides to work from his Mountain River home. ONLINE

    Page 13 - Minister’s blame game. Health Minister Michael Ferguson has pointed to significant resistance among unnamed forces as blocking his government’s mental health strategy after the peak body for community mental health services expressed concerns about the pace of change in the state’s “fractured” system. In 2015, Mr Ferguson announced Rethink Mental Health — a plan which partly aimed to join public mental health services into a statewide system with a focus on early intervention. ONLINE

    Page 18 - Money diverted from health despite worst safety record. Government has diverted $1.6 billion in health GST into other areas, says Martyn Goddard. “Patients are waiting too long for services and the needs of staff aren’t being met,” said Tasmania’s new health minister, Michael Ferguson, back in 2014. “Tasmanians have been let down by a system which is broken.” He was right. The system was broken, even then. The Giddings government’s budget cuts in 2011 had been crippling. The Liberals were elected on a promise of “fixing Labor’s mess”. The problem for Mr Ferguson — and for everyone else — is that the system has become far worse under his watch and the budget cuts continued and deepened. ONLINE


    Page 1 - Death bed. Data shows LGH 'worst' in country for bed block in emergency. More than 80 Tasmanians a year died prematurely because of bed block, with the Launceston General Hospital having the worst bed block in Australia, a report says. Health policy analyst Martyn Goddard, whose report is based on official data and statistics found the Launceston General Hospital had the worst bed block of 287 Australian public hospitals with emergency departments. ONLINE

    Page 7 - Mental health in spotlight. Mental Health Council Tasmania has expressed concern over the pace of the government’s Rethink Mental Health plan and said there are some service areas which require immediate attention. ONLINE

    Page 17 - Mental health cost increasing. Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $US16 trillion ($A 23 trillion) between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed, according to an expert report. 

    Page 21 - No quick fix on mental health woes. There is no denying mental health is a complex issue. As lives get busier, with work, family and friends, it is well documented that the number of people seeking treatment for mental health is on the rise. Statistics released by Beyond Blue on September 26 showed the number of people taking their own life had risen 9.1 per cent. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data, that makes a total of 3128 people taking their own lives in 2017. This equates to more than 8.5 deaths a day with 108,081 years of life lost. On average, a person who died by suicide in 2017 lost 34.5 years from their life. ONLINE


    Page 3 - Hospital bed block leads to early deaths. More than 80 Tasmanians died prematurely because of bed block in hospital emergency departments, a report says. 

    Page 6 - Mental health in spotlight. Mental Health Council Tasmania has expressed concern over the pace of the government’s Rethink Mental Health plan and said there are some service areas which require immediate attention now.  ONLINE

    Page 10 - Health forum to hear NW concerns. The Health Council of Tasmania (HCT) are holding forums in the North to talk with as many Tasmanians as possible to understand the way people use and navigate the health system. The purpose of these forums is to create a visual map of the Tasmanian health system as a shared vision of our health services that we can all aspire to.The HCT is a group of health leaders and professionals who assist the Minister for Health. The Tasmanian health representatives will be in the North-West on October 15. The forums will be held at the Burnie Community House from 11am to 1pm and the Paranaple Centre in Devonport from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. To register visit https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/onehealthsystemtas/hct For details email  s.mailbox@health.tas.gov.au

    Page 13 - Apology over mesh implants. Thousands of Australian women whose lives have been ruined by vaginal mesh implants have received an apology from the federal government. Health Minister Greg Hunt on Wednesday acknowledged the pain and suffering of those caught up in what turned out to be a global medical scandal. “On behalf of the Australian government, I say sorry to all of those women with the historic agony and pain that has come from mesh implantation which have led to horrific outcomes,” he told the ABC. “My message to them is your voice has been heard, and not just heard but acted upon.” 

    ONLINE - The Wicking Institute's Professor James Vickers is studying dementia risk. Four to five out of every ten young women today will get dementia, unless there a cure is or prevention discovered, according to the Wicking Institute’s Professor James Vickers. ONLINE

     

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