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Michelle O'Byrne

Minister for Health
Minister for Tourism

Health

Tasmanians stand to benefit from several major health initiatives in the 2010-11 Budget.

The Budget contains significant funding for frontline staff - doctors, nurses and allied health professionals - and for capital works. It also helps to deliver on the Rudd Government's national health reforms.

Tasmania was the first state to sign up to the national reforms because the Government believes they will ultimately mean better health and hospital services for all Tasmanians.

Federal funding includes $14.7 million, including $6.8 million in 2010-11, to improve access to elective surgery in public hospitals. Tasmania will also get another $11.1 million to help achieve a new four-hour national target for access to care in emergency departments. There's $37.3 million over four years for new sub-acute beds.

The Budget also progresses the Government's election commitments in the health area. These and other initiatives include:

  • $61 million towards staffing at the Launceston General Hospital to enable the recruitment of nurses, medical specialists and allied health professionals.
  • $24 million towards the $48 million four-year program to deliver improved cancer care across Tasmania.
  • $2.3 million for West Coast health services, including funds for e-health and the Rosebery Community Health Centre.
  • $29 million from the Capital Investment Program to purchase the North West Regional Hospital from private owners.
  • Almost $31 million for the state's first dedicated helicopter emergency medical service.

Tourism

The 2010-11 Budget demonstrates the State Government's ongoing commitment to the Tasmanian tourism industry, with an $8.4 million funding boost over four years for events tourism, and $20 million to promote the sector interstate and overseas.

The Government will continue to work with tourism operators and their representatives to build a strong and sustainable industry that will create more jobs and generate more regional prosperity for Tasmania.