Health Partners Consortium
Health Services Innovation Tasmania (HSI Tas) is managing a program of Clinical Redesign for Tasmania which involves the Tasmanian Health Service as well as other healthcare providers and planners across the state. The Health Partners Consortium facilitates collaboration from key players:
- Tasmanian Health Service
The Tasmanian Health Service (THS) provides hospital, primary and community health services for Tasmania.
- Department of Health & Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) supports the Tasmanian Minister for Health, Minister for Children and Minister for Human Services and monitors the performance of the Tasmanian public health system.
- Primary Health Tasmania
Primary Health Tasmania (PHT) provides assistance with the coordination of primary health care services for local communities in Tasmania, acting within its capacity as a non-government and not for profit primary health organisation.
- Department of Health
The Australian Government Department of Health, through the Tasmanian Health Assistance Package, has funded the University of Tasmania to undertake and facilitate a program of Clinical Redesign for Tasmania.
- University of Tasmania
The University of Tasmania has been commissioned to work with the State and help implement a program of Clinical Redesign in the Tasmanian hospital system from 2013 to 2016.
- Representative of the Tasmanian Health Minister
The Health Partners Consortium Framework and Terms of Reference were endorsed and adopted in April 2014.
The Consortium will provide support to Health Services Innovation Tasmania through expert guidance, advice and local leadership.
The Consortium will provide guidance and advice on:
- The adoption of a consistent Clinical Redesign framework and methodology, while ensuring participation by key health professionals
- Prioritising the clinical services to be considered for redesign within agreed criteria and timelines
- Key considerations and major risks, with mitigation strategies, associated with Clinical Redesign activities
- Implementation of Clinical Redesign initiatives, including strategies to engage targeted Clinical Service Redesign with whole of system improvement
- Identification of training and capacity gaps present within the system
- The progress of Clinical Redesign initiatives, including advice regarding the efficacy of initiatives, structures and resources of support
- Mechanisms and timing for communication with key stakeholders and the Tasmanian community
- Avenues for other professionals / individuals / groups in Tasmania and elsewhere to discuss issues related to system Clinical Redesign, selected initiatives and ongoing consequences of choices made
- All members to attend the scheduled meetings, or to notify the Secretariat of inability to attend
- Consortium members may nominate a proxy if the proxy has the appropriate expertise
- The name of a proxy representing a Consortium member is to be provided to the Secretariat
- Consortium members will have the best interests of the health of all Tasmanians, and the efficiency and quality of the Tasmanian Health System, at the centre of all considerations and decision making
- Consortium members will provide feedback to the stakeholder group they represent, except where that feedback would disclose confidential information
- Consortium members will provide the Consortium with specialised and timely advice on the potential impact of decisions on their area of expertise
- Consortium members are required to maintain privacy and confidentiality when dealing with sensitive matters related to Consortium business
- Agenda items are requested to be submitted to the Secretariat one (1) week prior to a scheduled meeting
The Consortium is comprised of the following members:
- Independent Chair, Dr Brendan Murphy
- Representative nominated by the Tasmanian Minister for Health
- Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
- CEO, Tasmanian Health Service
- CEO, Primary Health Tasmania
- Representative of the Commonwealth Department of Health
- Project Sponsor, University of Tasmania
- Co-Director/s, Health Services Innovation Tasmania
A minimum of four meetings will be held each year, with timing and venues determined by the Chair.
The agenda for each meeting shall be determined by the Chair. Consortium members will be able to nominate topics for the agenda, as noted above. Each meeting will consider, inter alia, reports from the Co-Director/s regarding:
- Progress against the Program Plan
- The progress of Clinical Redesign initiatives
The Program will provide Secretariat support, including distribution of records of the meetings to all Consortium members. The Secretariat shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of meetings of the Consortium and circulating them to Consortium members.