Child Health Services To Be Transferred Back Into THS

Child Health Services To Be Transferred Back Into THS

Tasmania Minister for Health Michael Ferguson

Improved Access To Child Health Services

Victor P Taffa

Improved access to child health services and better staffing will result from the move of the Child Health and Parenting Service (CHaPS) from DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) back into the Tasmanian Health Service (THS), Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said.

“This transfer reverses a decision by Labor, who in Government separated child health from other health services, which has made it more difficult to sustainably and effectively deliver the service.”

With approximately 6,000 births in Tasmania every year, child health nurses support families from just after the birth to when the child reaches age five, successfully engaging with 97 % of these new families. 

Transfer back to the THS is common sense, and will deliver significant benefits in terms of better links with other key THS services for parents and children, such as midwifery, neonatology, paediatrics, perinatal and infant mental health services.

“A greater ability to attract and retain staff is other expected benefits.” Mr. Ferguson said.

Fixing the health system is a major focus for the Hodgman Government in 2017, supported by a record $6.4 Billion investment over 4 years and the determination to achieve much-needed and overdue reforms.

“Nurses I visited today at the Child Health Centre at Mowbray, are wonderful exemplars of the direct support provided to families and communities around Tasmania by CHaPS.”

Working in partnership with parents, CHaPS plays a vital role in contributing to the health and educational outcomes of our children, which is linked to good health and wellbeing throughout life.

“CHaPS also complement the Hodgman Government’s goal for Tasmania to be the healthiest population in the nation by 2025 and our Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan.” Mr. Ferguson said.