Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Tasmanian Government is committed to the health and wellbeing of all Tasmanians which is why we will continue with the successful Healthy Tasmania 5 Year Strategic Plan and launch the next iteration in 2021.
The next Healthy Tasmania plan 2021-2026 follows five years of significant and successful activity, partnerships, consultation and real positive health outcomes across the North West, North and South.
With a current focus on the key priority areas of Reducing Smoking, Improving Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, Community Connections, and Chronic Conditions Screening and Management successes include the introduction of laws to regulate the sale, use and display of e-cigarettes, as well as increased penalties for the supply of tobacco to children.
But we recognise there is more to do and that is why the next Healthy Tasmania plan will build on all that we have achieved and strive to make even greater inroads to improving the health of all Tasmanians.
We know that by helping people to lead healthier lives we can reduce the demand on our health system.
In designing the strategic plan, our focus is on finding new and better ways of working across government with communities, to develop long term solutions to address social and economic factors that may influence poorer health outcomes.
We have an emphasis on partnerships to drive Healthy Tasmania, with a strong focus on community-based programs to deliver meaningful and hopefully life-long changes.
The 2020-21 Budget has continued to support the Healthy Tasmania plan and the very successful community grants fund, and we’ve set aside almost $7 million over the next two years to continue this work.
The State Government wants to support Tasmanians who want to be healthier and make healthier choices.
This is underpinned by our Healthy Tasmania plan and we look forward to the development of the next iteration to set down framework for further work in improving the health of all Tasmanians.