Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement
The Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement is a partnership between Primary Health Tasmania, the Department of Health, and the University of Tasmania’s College of Health and Medicine and Institute for the Study of Social Change.
Tasmania is an island state with a population of around 520,000 people. Half of these are concentrated in Hobart with the remainder widely dispersed around the island and several neighbouring smaller islands. Tasmania therefore faces some important regional health challenges that the Collaboration seeks to address using innovative research-informed approaches for markedly different contexts to promote good health. Some challenges unique to Tasmania include the oldest and most rapidly ageing population in Australia, a greater disease burden, and the lowest socioeconomic status. However, Tasmania’s small size and population allows for less complex organisational structures than other states and close working relationships enabled by a single health system, a single primary health network and one university. This has the benefit of more streamlined decision making to support innovative solutions, with better integration into community, local, regional and national health networks.
The Collaboration is committed to identifying opportunities for driving innovation in regional health services and workforce planning relevant to Tasmania’s unique geographical and political environment, and to facilitating the translation of evidence-based research into improved health outcomes for Tasmania. Some key examples to date include:
- AirRater – Research and technology collide to help Tasmanians breathe easier
- Health Services Innovation Tasmania
- Tasmanian HealthPathways
- Needless treatments: antipsychotic drugs are rarely effective in ‘calming’ dementia patients
- The wildly popular MOOC that's changing how we think about dementia
- New ways to support young people with Traumatic Brain Injury
- Solving one of Australia’s most overlooked healthcare risks