Friday, April 19, 2024

10-year vision for Queensland health revealed

The Queensland Government has today unveiled its 10-year vision for the future of healthcare in the State. 

Speaking at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) forum today, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Yvette D’Ath released HEALTHQ32 and outlined the future of health, centred around strong policy, smart investment, collaborative partnerships, new technology and effective leadership.

“As Health Minister I am committed to our public health system and ensuring every Queenslander has access to free, world-class healthcare,” said Ms D’Ath.

“We have great challenges ahead in the health space, but as Minister I am absolutely confident Queensland has the people and the know how to keep delivering efficient, compassionate care when Queenslanders need it most.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Health and Hospitals Plan contains the largest investment in new hospitals and hospital beds in Queensland’s history, HEALTHQ32 is a clear demonstration of our commitment to our health system.

HEALTHQ32 provides a comprehensive blueprint for our healthcare system, making it easier for Queenslanders to get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

The Minister said the 10-year vision was developed in consultation with the state’s health workers, care partners, peak bodies, and consumers.

Consultation found changing community expectations meant there was a need to shift the health system’s focus from treating illness to maintaining wellness.

The Minister said HEALTHQ32 addresses the challenges all health systems across the globe are facing by reducing demand pressures, responding to workforce shortages, and managing rising costs, while improving access, equity and quality.

HEALTHQ32 sets us up to be a dynamic and responsive health system where our workforce is valued and empowered to provide world-class healthcare to all Queenslanders,” said Queensland Health Director-General, Shaun Drummond.

“It outlines the outcomes and priorities across the health system that will enable Queensland Health to deliver accessible, equitable and sustainable healthcare for all Queenslanders to 2032, in collaboration with our health system partners.”

Queensland Primary Health Networks Collaborative Chair, Libby Dunstan said the networks had welcomed the opportunity to be involved during the consultation and engagement phase of development of HEALTHQ32.

“To achieve the vision will require all parts of the healthcare system to work together to deliver world-class healthcare for Queenslanders. We look forward to working in partnership as this vision is implemented across the broader health system,” Ms Dunstan said.

Health Consumers Queensland Chief Executive, Melissa Fox said health consumers understood the urgency for reform of the state’s health system.

“The Vision’s focus on health equity will fast track the work that is already underway to improve the health outcomes and experiences of First Nations health consumers,” said Ms Fox.

“Genuine and reciprocal partnerships between First Nations Community Controlled Organisations, consumers, government, and community organisations will result in better outcomes for all.

“The future wellbeing of Queenslanders relies on the success of this vision. Having helped shaped these reforms over many years, Queensland Health consumers will continue to partner with the health system by being at the centre of guiding and evaluating the implementation of the reforms.

“True success of the vision will be improved experiences of care and equitable health outcomes that matter to all Queenslanders,” she said.

Further information on HEALTHQ32 is available at www.health.qld.gov.au/healthq32.

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