Tasmanian General Practice Forum outlines key priorities

The Tasmanian General Practice Forum (TGPF) met on 23 February for the first of its 2018 quarterly meetings and agreed on a number of priorities moving forward.

They include:

  • engage early with the Minister for Health following the state election, particularly on the benefits of cooperation between general practice and primary care services, and the Tasmanian Health Service (THS)
  • progress focused work on several election priorities - Integrated After Hours Care and Primary Short Stay Models – to develop and scope proposals for the elected government
  • organise a forum for discussing a number of rural and remote issues with key Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Tasmanian Health Service (THS) stakeholders including Retrieval Services, the Tasmanian Rural Generalist Program, standards for Rural Emergency Departments, access to mental health services and implementation of telehealth into Tasmania public and private sectors
  • commence work on a GP payment and engagement policy for the DHHS, THS and other bodies to use when seeking GP representation
  • devise a process for supporting the promotion and further development of the Victorian Doctors Health Program in Tasmania (VDHP)*
  • further engagement with Ambulance Tasmania on the implementation of recommendations from the 2017 Review of Ambulance Tasmanian Clinical and Operational Service Report and to improve clinical handover between Ambulance Tasmania and General Practice.


(*The VDHP is running a Hobart-based workshop next Thursday evening 22 March for Tasmanian Docs4Docs. This will be hosted by RACGP – for expressions of interest contact A similar session is being planned for Launceston in April.)

Representatives from Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), Australian Medical Association (AMA) Tasmania, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Rural Doctors Association Tasmania (RDAT) and Primary Health Tasmania make up the TGPF.

It provides a forum of significant value and strength for discussion and positioning on key issues and challenges, and a mechanism for joint advocacy on important matters concerning general practitioners and the primary care sector.

For more information, contact any of the member organisations or Annaliese Caney on who provides executive support to the group.

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