Major Health Initiative Turns Out To Be A Flop

Major Health Initiative Turns Out To Be A Flop

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff

Government Waste Continues As Health Job Cuts Loom

Victor P Taffa

Tasmanian taxpayers have been dudded again by more Green-Labor Government waste, this time in the form of an ineffective telephone health coaching services, according to Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff.

“When questioned in Parliament today, Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne failed to explain why her Government had wasted $500,000 setting up the Healthy Information and Coaching Service almost 12 months ago, when only 93 people have commenced the program, at a cost of more than $5,000 per person.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“What is even more ridiculous is that fact that the program, described by the Minister in July last year as a “major health initiative” is being run out of New South Wales.”


“There is absolutely no doubt that the benefits that could be achieved from the money, such as access to a gym, a membership at Weight Watchers, or personal training sessions, would greatly outweigh what could be achieved from 10 telephone conversations that provide no face to face contact.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“At a time when Tasmanians are struggling with the increased cost of living, a lack of jobs being created and a budget that is in tatters, it beggars belief that this Green-Labor Government continues to be so out of touch with the people it claims to represent.”

“Minister O’Byrne needs to stop wasting taxpayer money on exporting Tasmanian jobs, and works with Tasmanians to develop a real plan that will help address the many health issues facing the state.” Mr. Rockliff said.