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Labor working with industry to focus on wellbeing, care and community development

  • Labor’s  IAC focusing on innovative solutions to improving the wellbeing, care  and community development industry
  • Tasmania’s ageing population can significantly contribute to regional services
  • The state needs to be prepared to meet health care demand


Labor is focused on working with industry to ensure the Tasmanian workforce has the skills to deliver the highest quality health care and look after our rapidly ageing population.

Labor’s Wellbeing, Care and Community Development Industry Advisory Council (IAC) met for the first time in Hobart today.

Shadow Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Josh Willie, said Labor was committed to working with a vibrant health and community development sector, unions and carers to address the challenges.

“Employment in Tasmania’s health care and social assistance sector grew by 17% in the five years to 2016, making it the fastest growing industry in the state,” Mr Willie said.

“State-wide, employment growth in this industry is projected to increase by over 4,400 positions over the next five years.  Employers are already struggling to meet current demand, particularly in the regions.

“Tasmania’s changing demographics also require more housing supply with a strong focus on affordability.”

Shadow Health Minister, Sarah Lovell, said Tasmania’s ageing population would bring more challenges for regional services.

“Tasmania has the oldest population in the country and across Tasmania, some regions are ageing at a rate much faster than the rest of the country,” Ms Lovell said.

“We also have an ageing health workforce and we need to look at better ways train Tasmanians and encourage them to stay here and further their careers.

“Our health system is already in crisis and Tasmania needs to prepare to meet the demand for skilled workers in the health sector.”


Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Minister for Health

Josh Willie MLC
Shadow Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing