Burnie City Council initial response to White Paper

Burnie City Council welcomes the release of the Health Minister’s White Paper on health reform.

Mayor Anita Dow said “Council welcomes the announcement of increased services in areas such as palliative care, rheumatology, neurology and rehabilitation. We are also supportive of any measures that ensure the continuance of the Burnie Rural Clinical School as a centre of excellence for student training. However, there are some areas that need to be considered carefully.

“I met with the Minister this morning and did raise some concerns about access, affordability and efficiency of patient transport and accommodation. As a regional area, patients from the North West and West Coasts are already expected to travel for treatment and services, and we would not want any further burdens placed on those seeking medical assistance or treatment. I spoke with the Minister about the importance of delivering a model that would ensure improved, better coordinated and user friendly transport and accommodation assistance The Minister has assured us that this will be addressed.

“Council also has some concerns about the lack of clarification relating to where maternity services will be delivered in the region, as these services are a significant component of our health system. We believe it is important that the Minister assists the community to understand the issues around the location of this service, and once a decision has been made, we would call on the Health Minister to be open and transparent with the community about the reasoning behind his decision.

“Once we have had the opportunity to formally discuss the White Paper in its entirety, Council will forward a formal submission to the Health Minister and will be actively involved in the consultation process.”

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net