Improving Tasmanians’ health at home

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Care Assess wants to improve outcomes for all Tasmanians regardless of where they live.

The goal of the Tasmanian health system should be quality care that is coordinated, centred on people’s needs and focused on maximising their wellness through the provision of preventative and pro-active services as well as responsive healthcare, and delivered in the community wherever it is effective and efficient to do so.

It’s about making quality home care the goal. 

The Solution

Care Assess is committed to contributing towards an improved Tasmanian health system and being part of the solution… “to promote wellness, limit the long-term impact of complex and chronic conditions, keep people out of hospital, and ultimately, improve the quality of life of Tasmanians” (DHHS, Delivering Safe and Sustainable Clinical Services – Rebuilding Tasmania’s Health System).

Health and care services when people become ill or dependent are only part of the solution; a system that promotes and supports people’s wellness and independence would enable a significant proportion of Tasmanians to increase their own abilities to lead healthier and safer lives and rely less on hospital and emergency response services.

The Tasmanian health system needs to be re-designed to focus on people’s wellness, as it is currently designed around responding to illness/injury. Focusing on preventative and pro-active ways to improve Tasmanian’s health at home is a significant part of the solution to alleviating the cultural dependence on high-cost and reactive healthcare.

A wellness mode of practice in the health system would focus all services on maximising each individual’s ability to self-serve and care for their own health, physical function and social well-being, as well as apply a greater focus on promoting and providing broader access to wellness, reablement and preventative care strategies.

All health and care services should:

  • Assist consumers by helping them to manage their health and care as much as possible;
  • Enable them and their family to reduce their risk of developing new long-term conditions, or live more comfortably with existing ones;
  • Help consumers learn or regain skills or abilities necessary for daily living.

 And to achieve this, a significant focus is needed to prioritise investment in community and primary services that deliver:

  • Wellness and preventative support services
  • Reablement home care services
  • Home healthcare and hospital-alternative services

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