An Innovative New Solution for Healthcare

Paul O’Halloran MP
Greens Health Spokesperson
Friday, 24 August 2012

The Tasmanian Greens today said that a new report out today had strongly backed the Greens’ position on the introduction of physicians assistants as a solution to help meet the challenges facing the health system.

The report by Health Workforce Australia was released today and was resounding in its support for the proposal.

“This report shows that there is good evidence that the introduction of physicians assistants would improve the efficiency of healthcare delivery and ease the pressure on doctors while ensuring a high standard of care,” Mr O’Halloran said.

“The role for physicians assistants in Tasmania is no longer a question of ‘if’ but a question of ‘when’ and ‘how’.”

“The evidence is now overwhelmingly clear that physicians assistants are safe, effective, efficient and meet the needs of patients.”

“The release of this national report should be followed by an investigation into how to best implement and introduce physician assistants in Tasmania within our recognised medical professions.”

“The cost of locum services in north-west Tasmania alone is in the order of $10 million per year, and that’s just not sustainable.”

“Physicians assistants would help address concerns about the lack of timely access to medical services in our rural and regional communities, while helping to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery.”

“The Greens believe that new approaches are needed to address the challenges facing Tasmania’s health system, and this is one of them.”
“A part of this will be to ensure that the health workforce evolves to meet the increasing and changing demands on our health system,” Mr O’Halloran.

Link: Health Workforce Australia report: here

Paul O’Halloran MP Greens Health Spokesperson Friday, 24 August 2012