Acknowledging the Liberal Party’s win in Saturday’s Tasmanian election, the peak body for emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand has called for a formal mechanism for clinical engagement with front-line emergency department staff.

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) President Dr Simon Judkins said: “ACEM looks forward to working with the returned Will Hodgman-led government to ensure the community has ongoing access to an accessible, high quality, and safe health system.”

ACEM Tasmania Faculty Chair Dr Brian Doyle said to turn around a health system failing Tasmanians, more resources for beds and staff and the need for evidence-based practical approaches represent the most important avenues for investment by the government.

“Clinical expertise in discussions on health policy is vital to patients’ health care experience,” Dr Doyle said, “and that is why we call for the establishment of a clinician led organisation to influence patient safety outcomes.

“Using Safer Care Victoria as an example, this institution will empower clinicians to lead quality care improvement initiatives across the health system.

“ACEM is keen to work with the government, hospital leadership and health department executives to develop the actions to improve patient outcomes.”


Andre Khoury
ACEM Public Affairs Manager
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0498 068 023
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