The Blueprint for better healthcare in Queensland outlines structural and cultural improvements to establish Queensland as the leader in Australian healthcare.

It marks a significant step towards ensuring Queensland is the pace-setter for value-for-money, performance and delivery.

The blueprint focuses on four principal themes:

  1. Health services focused on patients and people.
  2. Empowering the community and our health workforce.
  3. Providing Queenslanders with value in health services.
  4. Investing, innovating and planning for the future.

The Department of Health strategic plan 2014–2018 is a core planning document for the department.

It outlines the department's strategies for supporting the achievement of the Queensland Government's objectives and the themes in the Blueprint for better healthcare in Queensland

Previous Health Reform

Following Queensland's agreement to participate in National Health Care Reform in 2011, an Australian Health Care Agreement was signed that required the creation of local hospital networks that would be directly funded by the Commonwealth. In May 2012 legislation was introduced to formalise the conversion of the health districts created in the 2005 restructure to independent local Hospital and Health Services (HHSs). Under the new arrangements the HHSs each have their own board to manage and oversee the operations of the HHS. The boards are accountable to the Minister for Health, and a "system manager" was established to provide oversight and support to each of the services. These changes became effective on 1 July 2012. For more information see the QCOSS website.

This page will continue to be updated with more information on health reforms as it becomes available. For current news and resources see the menu links.

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