Kentish Health Centre

Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, moved today to set the record straight about health care services for the Kentish community in Tasmania.

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2 December 2016

Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, moved today to set the record straight about health care services for the Kentish community in Tasmania.

The Coalition Government’s investment in the Tasmanian Primary Health Network (PHN) to commission local services provides greater local autonomy about the strategic direction and local decisions that need to be made to best serve Tasmanian communities and meet priorities identified through the regional needs assessment.

Most importantly, the PHN will ensure that people in the region will continue to have appropriate access to health services.

“Right now, the PHN is undertaking an open tender process for its rural primary health care services,” Dr Gillespie said.

“This is business-as-usual for any contract of services.

“While the Tasmanian PHN is nearing the completion of its tender for rural primary health services it is highly inappropriate to comment on any outcomes until the tender process has run its course.

“I want to assure the Kentish community that there are no changes to the quantum of funds available for services.

“The Coalition Government is committed to providing quality, affordable and sustainable health care to people living and working in rural, regional and remote Australia.

“Improving the health and wellbeing of people in regional communities is being achieved through the delivery of more integrated and tailored health services, and innovative, locally-driven approaches to health care.”

Health expenditure, including our investment in aged care and sport, continues to grow each and every year and the Coalition Government is spending over $89 billion in 2016-17 and will grow to more than $100 billion in 2019-20.

The key objective of the Government’s Primary Health Networks is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients—particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes—and improving coordination of care to make sure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

For more information, contact the Minister's Office on 0435 686 313

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