Specialist outpatient strategy
On 1 June 2016, the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Cameron Dick, announced a specialist outpatient strategy which will tackle waiting lists and improve access to specialist services by 2020.
An investment of $361.2 million over four years will provide more specialist outpatient appointments for Queenslanders and help to fix known problems in a key parts of the patient journey.
The strategy is a major component of the State Government's commitment to improving the public health system under the My Health, Queensland’s Future: Advancing Health 2026 plan.
The strategy covers a number of initiatives, including:
- Funding for Hospital and Health Services to provide more specialist outpatient appointments
- Empowering GPs to easily manage and track a patient’s referral with consistent referral standards and electronic referral management systems
- Providing GPs with greater understanding of the specialties and services available to their patients from the local health service
- Providing patients with greater control over their healthcare through online booking systems
- Establishing or enhancing alternative models of care, such as allied health and telehealth, to provide patients in rural and remote parts of the state with access to services closer to home
- Enabling Queensland GPs to have access to real-time hospital information about their patient's health and treatment needs.
Download the Specialist Outpatient Strategy (PDF, 2.77MB) to find out how Queensland Health will improve the outpatient experience by 2020.