Government releases 'blueprint' for better health care

PREMIER Campbell Newman and Health Minister Lawrence Springborg have launched a new direction for health services across Queensland.

Mr Newman said the 48-page blueprint for better heathcare in Queensland describes the Government's plan to rebuild Queensland Health and re-establish the state's healthcare system as a national pace-setter.

"After eleven months of delivering basic repairs to the system, the Government is now moving to a new phase of investment and redesign in health," Mr Newman said.

The Premier and Health Minister delivered the blueprint in an address which was broadcast to staff via the Queensland Health intranet.

Mr Springborg thanked staff for their hard work as problem areas, such as the billion dollar inherited health payroll system, were addressed.

"The overall goal is to build health services and community confidence in partnerships across all health sectors and levels of Government," Mr Springborg said.

Key features of the Blueprint for better healtcare in Queensland include:

  • Placing the patients at the centre of the health system.
  • Empowering Community-based Hospital and Health Boards to manage and make local decisions.
  • Health policy direction changes from public sector inputs (eg: staff and bed numbers) to refocus on system-wide outcomes.
  • A greater range and number of health services will be provided through public, private and not-for-profit health providers and partnerships 
  • Government strategy and investment in mental health facilities and services will be guided by a newly created independent Mental Health Commission from 2013.
  • A Rural Telehealth Service will provide bush communities with first-time access to new services as part of a new strategy in remote area healthcare.
  • 'Ambulance bypass' banned and recommendations to improve ambulance access to hospital emergency departments will be implemented in full.
  • The restructure of Queensland Health's corporate office will make it 43% smaller, with resources redirected to service delivery.
  • Queensland Health is back within budget for the first time in a decade. State Budget increases to Hospital and Health Services are accompanied by new standards of financial discipline.
  • Awards and entitlements will be streamlined and simplified from the existing nine awards, six agreements and 189 human resources policies which cover more than 80,000 staff.
  • Senior officers will transfer from outdated awards to competitive contracts in line with international best practice.
  • Health staff will lead system reform in their workplace and help improve service delivery - through clinical redesign and empowerment to identify and report waste and system improvements.

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