Support for Health Services in Tasmania

The Australian Government is delivering $730.4 million to the Tasmanian Government as part of a 10-year plan to return the Mersey Community Hospital to the Tasmanian people from 1 July 2017. In addition the Australian Government is providing the Tasmanian Government $3.2 million for the continued operation of the Missiondale Recovery Centre and $3 million for palliative care services in Tasmania.

Page last updated: 09 May 2017

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Why is this important?

The funding secures the future of the Mersey Community Hospital for the next decade and enables the Tasmanian Health Service to set its own course for the future of hospital services in the state’s North West.

Ownership of the hospital at Latrobe, near Devonport in northern Tasmania, will be transferred from the Commonwealth to the Tasmanian Government from 1 July 2017.

The $730.4 million funding represents the biggest single cash transfer from the Australian Government in Tasmania’s history. It enables planning and certainty for the providers and consumers of Tasmania’s acute care services.

Funding of $3.2 million for the Missiondale Recovery Centre and $3 million for palliative care in Tasmania will give certainty to these important existing services.

Who will benefit?

The hand-back of the Mersey Community Hospital assures the future of the hospital and the continuation of high quality health care for people living in North West Tasmania.

People in Tasmania’s North West community, including the hospital’s dedicated workforce, will now have certainty on the Mersey Hospital’s future. It will enable better planning and implementation of services for people across the state.

Funding for the Missiondale Recovery Centre will provide continued access to much needed care and treatment to people with addictions. Funding for palliative care in Tasmania will provide three years of support for health professionals caring for patients with terminal illnesses and will enhance community awareness about end-of-life issues.

How much will this cost?

The Government will provide $730.4 million to the Tasmanian Government in 2016–17. This investment will be offset by the funding previously provisioned for the hospital.

This measure will cost $485.9 million over five years from 2016–17 to 2020–21.

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