Creating healthier communities through locally responsive and connected health care
Australia's health system performs well internationally, however it is a system under increasing pressure with the added burden of an ageing population and escalating chronic disease. We need to change the way we operate our health system.
Commonwealth, State and Territory governments have agreed to transform the Australian health system.
Health reform for Queensland will mean:
- decision-making and accountability that is more responsive to local health priorities
- stronger clinician, consumer and community participation
- a more 'seamless' patient experience across sectors of the health system
Changes from 1 July 2012
- Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) were established
- HHSs are statutory bodies with Hospital and Health Boards, accountable to the local community and the Queensland Parliament
- The Boards have expertise to manage large, complex healthcare organisations
- HHSs, Medicare Locals and other health service providers will work together to better integrate local services and drive improvements in health outcomes
We will continue:
- to provide all Queenslanders, including those living in rural, regional and remote areas with access to high quality health care
- to provide centralised planning of system-wide services, capital builds and other significant infrastructure projects
- to train our workforce for the future.