Stage Two: More Staff, Better Services

More staff, better services

Labor will build the capacity of the health workforce steadily over the next six years to allow for more beds, more medical treatment, more elective surgery, shorter emergency wait times and better ambulance response times.

More Doctors in our hospitals

Labor will recruit 20 new doctors to work in areas of need across the state.

Cost: $17.59 million

Where possible, this allocation will be funded using savings from reduced expenditure on locums.

More GPs in regional areas

Labor will fund eight internships a year to attract graduate doctors to places like Flinders Island, New Norfolk, Strahan and the Huon Valley.

This will help us keep our best doctors in the state and provide experience for our junior doctors in regional general practice.

Cost: $640,000

Psychiatric Emergency Nurses (PEN)

Labor will fund PENs to be rostered every shift in the Emergency Department at the RHH, LGH and NWRH to help assess, care and treat mental health patients in conjunction with psychiatric support. 

This will greatly assist with improving mental health treatment for patients and their care outcomes in the ED.

Cost: $8.58 million

More Nurses

Currently there are 246 nursing vacancies in our hospitals. Labor will commence recruitment to fill these vacancies which are currently being filled by nurses doing overtime.

Careers in nursing – 100 more graduate nurses

Labor will provide an additional 25 graduate positions each year over four years.

By providing more graduate places we will ensure we can keep our best and brightest in the Tasmanian health system.

Cost: $6.5 million

More Ambulances and more Paramedics

Labor will fund 25 new ambulance paramedics and two new ambulance trucks– one in Hobart and one in Launceston.

Cost: $15.9 million

More ambulance support staff

In times of emergency the communications staff at Ambulance Tasmania are the first to take the calls from the community and provide help.

Labor will recruit to fill vacancies with an additional 15 staff to be employed to properly staff the roster.

Cost: $3.2 million

Better ambulance stations

Labor will provide $8 million to upgrade the ageing infrastructure of ambulance stations across the state.

This will also help create construction jobs in regional communities.

10 Public Mother and Baby Unit Beds Statewide

Currently there is only one public bed available in a mother and baby unit in the south of the State. This means that many Tasmanians are not able to get help and support when they need it most.

Labor will introduce more public beds in the North, North West and South and we will staff each unit with qualified accredited midwives with additional qualifications in lactation consultancy and maternal and child health.

Cost: $12.8 million 

Devonport Integrated Care Centre

Labor will enhance primary care, allied health and outpatient services on the North West with the construction of an Integrated Care Centre.

The new facility in Devonport will incorporate a significant range of visiting and permanent services to provide better management of the chronic and complex conditions that exist within the region.

Cost: $10 million

Dental Health

Labor will fund Oral Health Services Tasmania to work in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctors Service to reach people, especially children, who are currently not accessing dental services.

Cost: $6.4 million

Palliative Care

High quality palliative care services in the community allow for people to die in comfort in their home surrounded by family and loved ones and it also relieves pressure on the hospital system.

A Labor Government will provide funding to support 1000 Tasmanians a year to die at home with support from community nursing services.

Cost: $12 million

Labor is also aware of the challenge many families face when dealing with the Guardianship and Administration Board when they are grieving.

Labor will fund a Liaison Worker to work with families navigating the Guardianship and Administration Board and to educate relevant service providers.

Cost: $150,000

Mental Health

Read Labor’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan

More acute and sub-acute mental health beds

The current service design for the mental health ward at the new Royal Hobart Hospital does not provide for the number of beds needed to meet current and future demand.

Labor will work with clinicians to find a suitable location for up to 10 additional mental health beds to provide a total of 42 acute mental health beds close to the RHH.

Mental health accommodation in communities

Labor understands that in addition to acute beds, there is a need for more mental health services and accommodation in communities.

Labor will build 12 individual homes statewide to assist Tasmanians with mental ill health into recovery. 

Residential Mental Health Prevention and Care Facility

Labor will fund an investigation into planning for the development of a new residential Mental Health Prevention and Care Facility and the development of an Adolescent and Youth Residential Mental Health Treatment facility.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Labor will introduce Child and Adolescent outreach mental health teams in the South, North and North West to support the increase in hospital emergency room presentations. 

Supporting Carers and Families

A Labor Government will work with Mental Health Carers Tasmania to deliver two new projects in Tasmania; working with organisations to implement strategies to increase carer inclusiveness, and engaging with and supporting hidden carers in the community – those who don’t recognise that they are carers.

Rural Alive and Well (RAW)

Labor will provide additional funding to RAW to ensure it can continue to do important work across regional and rural Tasmania.

Using Technology to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing

Labor will develop a user-friendly, mobile accessible service directory, enabling members of the community to easily and accurately find the right service for their needs at the time they need it. 

Labor will also investigate the development of an interactive mobile app, to be personalised for individuals, as a tool for documenting and tracking their pathway to recovery, in conjunction with their clinician/service providers and personal support networks.

Cost: $720,000

Read more about Labor’s plan to invest in health, put patients first and fix our health crisis.