Campaign to promote respect towards our health workers is renewed

Guy Barnett, Minister for Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Tasmanian health workers will feature on television screens, on the airwaves, in newspapers and on buses in Tasmania for the next six months following the launch of a renewed campaign to promote respect towards our valued staff.

The Tasmanian Government’s campaign will feature staff from the Department of Health and includes the tag line: “A healthy dose of respect helps everyone”.

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Guy Barnett, said the highly successful campaign was first launched in November last year and has now been renewed across the busiest months for our hospitals, until the end of the year.

“There are more than 16,000 staff working across the Department of Health, and all deserve to be shown respect,” Minister Barnett said.

“Whether they are on the frontline delivering care directly to patients or behind the scenes, everyone in our health system deserves respect.

“Our dedicated health care professionals do an outstanding job, often working in high-pressure environments to deliver the care that Tasmanians need.

“On top of this campaign, the Tasmanian Government has taken strong action to provide a better working environment.

“Just last week we introduced legislation into Parliament which would see the presumption of a minimum sentence of six months’ imprisonment for those that would cause serious bodily harm to Tasmania’s frontline workers, like our nurses.

“Without respect, it’s harder for our health care workers to provide the high-quality health services that Tasmanians expect and deserve under our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future.

“Everyone featured in the campaign are staff from the Department of Health, including First Nations people in our health workforce, and migrant health workers in Tasmania.

“I thank all staff across the Department of Health for their important work in supporting the health and wellbeing of people in Tasmania all-year round, but particularly during the winter months, which is typically a busy time for our hospitals and health services.”

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