In July 2014, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, (then) Australian Government Minister for Health, and the Hon Michael Ferguson MP, Tasmanian Minister for Health, agreed that the work of the Commission on Delivery of Health Services in Tasmania (the Commission) would conclude. The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services is progressing structural and system improvements to optimise and support the sustainability of the Tasmanian health system, taking into account the issues identified and recommendations made by the Commission.
The Commission was established by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments in September 2012 to provide advice about improvements to optimise the performance and sustainability of the Tasmanian health system, and to monitor the implementation of the Tasmanian Health Assistance Package. The Commission comprised three highly qualified health experts with local experience and significant expertise in system reform: Mr Alan Bansemer (Chair), Dr Alasdair MacDonald, and Dr Heather Wellington. The Commission delivered two reports to the Australian and Tasmanian Governments – a preliminary report (Adobe PDF version - 1.42 MB or web accessible MS WORD version 1.04 MB) in December 2012 and a further report (Adobe PDF version - 2.88 MB or web accessible MS WORD version 1.64 MB) in April 2014. The Commission’s work made a significant contribution to progressing reform to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Tasmanian health system.