The Tasmanian Greens Health spokesperson Paul O’Halloran today raised concerns over declining health services at Zeehan, on Tasmania’s west coast.
In Question Time today, Mr O’Halloran called on the Minister for Health Michelle O’Byrne to investigate the recent halving of nursing services at Zeehan, and come up with a long-term solution.
“The Greens understand that the visiting nurse who ordinarily visits Zeehan two days a week will from this week on will only make one visit per week,” Mr O’Halloran said.
“The current visiting nurse situation was already unsatisfactory for Zeehan, but it was a better option that what the community is now facing.”
“With no permanent doctor or nurse currently stationed in Zeehan, there is growing anxiety among residents over access to medical services.”
“The Greens welcome the Minister’s undertaking to investigate the reduction in services, but another bandaid solution is not going to work.”
“It’s time for the Minister to explore more flexible medical workforce solutions, including the introduction of additional nurse practitioners as well as physician assistants, so a permanent presence can be provided.”
“The physician assistant model, in particular, has been a proven success in other jurisdictions for delivering consistent, reliable and high-quality healthcare services to regional areas.”
Paul O’Halloran MP Greens Health Spokesperson