TSBE Health Initiative – Is your region growing its strengths?
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is always keen to work with like-minded partners who can inspire positive change in our regions.
However, according to RAI CEO, Jack Archer, most regions don’t have a proactive strategy to develop its health and social service sector – despite it being the biggest industry for workforce growth in regional areas.
One organisation that is leading the way is the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) and we are pleased to share one of its latest initiatives in the health space – Progressive Health Progressive Regions.
Increasing chronic disease and the ageing workforce continues to place pressure on the regional health system across Australia. These trends require increased funding by healthcare insurers and governments.
TSBE has identified a real need for a more coordinated approach to healthcare delivery in the region to ensure value for money and positive patient outcomes.
Toowoomba is located 137km west of Brisbane and is the gateway to the Surat Basin energy precinct. The city has more than 90,000 residents and is Australia’s largest inland regional city.
There are 12,052 health employees throughout Toowoomba and the Surat Basin.
In June 2017, TSBE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba, St Andrews Toowoomba Hospital, Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN, Toowoomba Regional Council, and the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service to enable collaboration and promotion of health services.
TSBE Health General Manager, Jaden Frame said the CEO’s of these organisations now sit on the TSBE Health Advisory Board and will help shape the direction of health in the region.
The new TSBE Health initiative will focus on the following areas:
- Workforce development in attracting medical and allied health services to the region;
- Attracting and retaining patients to stem the drift to capital cities;
- Attracting investment or funding at a whole of region level;
- Driving research and innovation from a regional perspective;
- Coordinating private and public health resources to improve the health of the entire community; and
- Driving networking opportunities within the health industry to share knowledge and referrals.
TSBE Health would like to hear from any other regions across Australia who are working in this space – to share knowledge and learnings.
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