How we help the community

One of the main ways we help the community is by commissioning services to improve the health of Tasmanians.

Commissioning involves understanding local priority issues and buying services to address those issues in the most effective and efficient way.

We have commissioned services throughout the state in areas including mental health, Aboriginal health, alcohol and other drug treatment, rural primary health, and support for humanitarian entrants.

For more information about our commissioned services, go to Our Services Portal.

Developing resources

We have developed a number of resources to help consumers, including:

Connecting care

A lot of our work to help Tasmanians happens behind the scenes. It involves working with other organisations and health professionals to make sure people can move smoothly between the services they need, and to make sure all the important information about their health and care follows them.

Activities we are involved in include:

  • our own Shared Transfer of Care program, encouraging good communication and other approaches that allow people to move smoothly between service providers
  • supporting health professionals to share medical information electronically
  • establishing a single system to support electronic patient referral – otherwise known as eReferral – across primary care and into hospital outpatient departments.

Community health profiles

We have used data from a range of sources to build a picture of the health of each local Tasmanian community, by local government area. These profiles include statistics on health risk factors and illness as well as a map of key health services available. They are useful resources for local communities in understanding the health profile of residents and planning services accordingly.

You can find your local community profile here.

For more information and resources, visit the For the community section.