Tasmania has a population of around 525,000, of whom 4.6% identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander – a proportion second only to the Northern Territory. Tasmania has the oldest and most rapidly ageing population in Australia with a median age of 42 years. Socioeconomic disadvantage is greater in Tasmania than Australia overall and health status is more typical of populations in Australia’s regional areas than its major capital cities.
Tasmania faces some important regional health challenges, including poorer health outcomes due to chronic disease and an ageing population. There are marked differences in many key health indicators including more avoidable deaths, poorer self-rated health, poorer oral health, higher prevalence of chronic conditions, and higher prevalence of risk factors for chronic disease.
The Collaboration was formally established in 2018 to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for all Tasmanians through locally relevant research that informs the development and delivery of a well-integrated, people centred, and effective health system.
The Collaboration is governed by a Board and Executive Committee with representatives from partners University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Government Department of Health, Primary Health Tasmania and Health Consumers Tasmania, health consumers and communities.