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Workers Submitting to NW Inquiry Need Protection Guarantee

The opening of submissions for the Independent Inquiry into the NW outbreak is welcome, but the government must guarantee protection for all who provide input.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jul 2020

AIHW Report Confirms War on Drugs Has Failed

Latest AIHW data shows that the amount of Tasmanians who recently used cannabis was almost as high as Tasmania’s tobacco smoking rate.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Jul 2020

State of Emergency Extension

The decision to extend the emergency declaration to match Victoria’s lockdown restrictions is understandable, and pragmatic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Jul 2020

Government Must Prioritise Respiratory Health Housing Refits

The reports of respiratory illness from a Housing Tasmania complex in South Hobart are distressing.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jul 2020

Government Must Provide Worker Immunity for COVID Inquiry

Health workers and public servants who want to contribute to the independent inquiry into the North West COVID-19 outbreak should be guaranteed protection.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jun 2020

Eating Disorder Support Urgently Needed

The lack of specialist treatment for eating disorders in Tasmania has been an ongoing, and often tragic, issue.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Milestone A Tribute to All Tasmanians

Tasmania has reached a milestone after a three month battle that claimed lives, closed businesses and caused thousands of job losses.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

We are in a unique time in Tasmania's history. For the first time in a very long time we are effectively sealed off as an island.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Jun 2020

Undercutting Public Health Irresponsible

Constant pressure by some elected representatives for the Premier to accelerate the easing of social restrictions is irresponsible. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2020

Premier Must Listen to Health Advice Over Industry Lobbyists

The Premier is right to be concerned about a second wave of coronavirus disease.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2020

Clearance Tests for COVID-19 Needed

Public Health today confirmed two coronavirus patients, who were categorised as ‘recovered’, had subsequently redeveloped symptoms.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 May 2020

Vacancy Data Highlights Need to Regulate Airbnb

SQM Research vacancy rate data released today clearly shows reform of short-stay accommodation is well overdue.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 May 2020

Unlocking of Green Spaces Welcome

The Greens welcome the Premier’s announcement that Tasmania’s green spaces will be open to locals from this coming Monday. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 May 2020

Steady as she goes Gutwein on the right track

The Premier has outlined a clear, staged and steady pathway to short term recovery from the coronavirus lockdown.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 May 2020

COVID-19 Matter of Public importance

I return to the letter that was written by some doctors from the north-west who have been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 May 2020

COVID-19 - Implementation of Recommendations

The north-west COVID-19 outbreak has been devastating for the families of people who died and hugely affected the 5000 people who went into quarantine.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 May 2020

Coronavirus - We're all in this Together

It’s a strange time for all of us. We’re coming to terms with fundamental changes to daily life and how the world operates.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Opinion  |  15 Apr 2020

Community Testing a Critical Part of COVID-19 Suppression

The approach to COVID-19 testing in Tasmania needs to change for us to fully understand the pattern of transmission.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 May 2020

North West Doctors' Forest Protection Calls Must be Central to COVID-19 Recovery Plan

The plea from 23 GP's, registrars, and emergency doctors to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests should be heeded by all Members of Parliament.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2020

North West COVID-19 Restrictions

The Premier’s decision to ease restrictions for the North West will be welcome news for residents in the region.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 May 2020

Support for Rough Sleepers Welcome

The Greens warmly welcome the Premier’s announcement today that more support will be provided to homeless Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Rent Freeze Welcome

Residential tenants can breathe a sigh of relief after the Premier’s announcement today of a freeze on rent increases.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Apr 2020

Retesting of COVID-19 Patients is Critical

The revelation a couple were cleared to leave self-isolation, only for one of them to return a further positive COVID-19 test, is disturbing.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Apr 2020

North West PPE Allegations Must Be Investigated

Allegations raised in The Saturday Paper* about the origins of the North West’s COVID-19 outbreak are serious.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Apr 2020

The North West is Suffering

It is difficult to imagine the level of stress, anxiety and grief on the North West Coast today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Apr 2020

North West Testing Must Be Expanded

The current high rate of positive coronavirus test results being reported strongly suggests we must expand the testing being undertaken.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Apr 2020

Caution Urged on Term 2 Return

The Greens acknowledge the decision to reopen schools after the break for the children of essential workers and disadvantaged students.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Apr 2020

Assurance on PPE Stocks Needed

It is deeply concerning that hospital staff continue to raise the lack of availability of personal protective equipment needed to do their job safely.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2020

Increased North West Testing Needed Now

The approach to COVID-19 testing in North West Tasmania must change to ensure we have the best chance of limiting the virus’ impact on the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2020

Transparency Needed Over North West Coronavirus Outbreak

Tasmanians deserve maximum transparency over the circumstances that led to the coronavirus outbreak in the North West.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Apr 2020

Unified Health System Needed Across Tasmania

It’s been almost two weeks since the Federal Government announced it would underwrite the takeover of private hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Apr 2020

Time to Move on Residential Rents Too

The Premier has today issued a Notice prohibiting evictions and freezing rent increases in commercial properties.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Apr 2020

Avoiding a COVID-19 Prison Cluster is a Priority

The Greens commend the decision to suspend all prison visits, but remain concerned about the potential high risk for coronavirus transmission.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020

Hospital and Aged Care Visits Suspended

The news that hospitals and aged care homes will be closed to visitors will be difficult for many to hear - but is a critical public health measure.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020

Ensuring Safe, Secure and Affordable Housing During COVID-19

The tenants in the 20-unit complex in Hobart facing a huge rent hike is further evidence the State Government must enact a freeze on rent increases.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Apr 2020

North West Patients Need Reassurance on Health Services

With more cases of COVID-19 being announced daily residents need an assurance they will not need to leave the North West for critical health services.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Apr 2020

Private Hospital Must be Available Immediately in North West

Last week, the Federal Government announced it would underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2020

Legislative Council Election Deferral Should Have Been Dealt with by Parliament

The Greens recognise the strong public health grounds behind the Director of Public Health’s decision to defer Legislative Council elections.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Rental Evictions Order

The Greens are glad to hear the Premier say he will issue an Order today to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from evictions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Apr 2020

Hospitals United in COVID-19 Crisis

The Greens welcome the federal government’s plan to underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Deaths a Tragic Reminder to Stay Home

On behalf of the Greens, I offer our heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones of the two Tasmanians who have lost their lives to the coronavirus.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2020

Go Hard, Go Early and Save Lives

Limiting people’s social movements outside their homes to all but essential activity is necessary to save lives.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Schools Announcement Welcome

The Greens welcome the Premier’s advice that parents should keep their children at home from school from Monday if they can.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Economic Assistance Package

The Greens acknowledge the enormous uncertainty and fear within in the community about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Mar 2020

Adjournment of Parliament

The Tasmanian Parliament has agreed to adjourn until the first scheduled sitting week after the winter recess.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Mar 2020

Mixed Message on Schools Creating Confusion

The disconnect from government imposing strict physical distancing measures and not closing schools is creating confusion within the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2020

Ignoring COVID-19 Directions Puts Lives at Risk

The Greens implore all Tasmanians to take the coronavirus threat very seriously, to practice physical distancing and to stay home if they can.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Mar 2020

Pokies Venues Must Close to Save Lives

It is reckless negligence towards at-risk people for poker machine venues to continue to operate EGMs during a lethal, global pandemic. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Budget Delay

The Greens are relieved the State Budget has been delayed. It’s the right decision in a time of deep social and financial uncertainty.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2020

Plan Needed to Protect Vulnerable Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

Our child protection services were already struggling, but COVID-19 is exacerbating the situation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - School Closures

Today you have declared a state of emergency, a clear acknowledgment of the great danger COVID-19 poses to our island community.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Mar 2020

Government Must Close Schools to Limit COVID-19 Spread

Today’s declaration of a state of emergency and implementation of tighter border restrictions were welcome moves by the Premier.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Mar 2020

State of Emergency, Quarantine Measures for Arrivals Welcome

The Premier has the Greens’ strong support for announcing a state of emergency for Tasmania. This decision will save lives.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - Tasmanian Access Card

People are asked to fill out a Tasmanian Arrival Card when they land but this is only a voluntary self-declaration process.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2020

Gutwein Must Fix Tasmanian Arrival Card Process

Protecting Tasmanians from the risk of all COVID-19-infected travellers is essential to slowing the spread of the virus in our community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Mar 2020

Gutwein Government Will Have to Follow WA's Lead on Waiving Fees and Charges

Stimulating the local economy to buffer it from COVID-19 is important but the Gutwein Government needs to do more to support low income people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Mar 2020

Ministerial Statement - COVID-19 Response Measures

It is good to hear some of the things that the Premier has just announced.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - Protection Measures

On current growth rates, the now 400 cases today in Australia of COVID-19 would become 10 000 by 4 April, in just a few weeks' time.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - Restrictions

More than 140 doctors have warned of impending disaster implored Government to do more before there is rapid community transmission.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Mar 2020

Tasmanian COVID-19 Support Package

The Premier’s stimulus package announced today contains a number of positive measures to support businesses struggling with the coronavirus downturn.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2020

Federal Group Must Prioritise People's Lives Over Profits

The Federal Group appears not to fully grasp the deadly seriousness of the health risk within their pokies venues.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2020

Immediate Effective COVID-19 Restrictions Required

The State Government must immediately introduce a range of restrictions shown to slow the viral spread of COVID-19. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Cruise Ship Risk Should be Mitigated by Government

This morning the cruise ship Magnifica decided to lock down all passengers on board for their own health and safety.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Risk Management

A letter to Health Minister Sarah Courtney MP seeking information on COVID-19 preparedness.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Submission  |  14 Mar 2020

Dark Mofo

The cancellation of Tasmania’s premier winter festival, Dark Mofo is sad, but in all likelihood a necessary measure.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Mar 2020

Coronavirus and dentist mask shortage

A letter to Health Minister, Sarah Courtney MP, regarding Tasmanian dental practices access to face masks.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Submission  |  6 Mar 2020

Ministerial Statement - Coronavirus Update

Since the first reports of the coronavirus came out it has been quite difficult to have a full understanding of what this viral pneumonia disease is.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Mar 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health information

A letter to Health Minister, Sarah Courtney MP, regarding the adequacy of public health information in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Submission  |  28 Feb 2020

Reassurance about Coronavirus Pandemic Preparations Needed

The Health Minister must reassure Tasmanians about our state’s preparations if a pandemic pattern of the virus is declared.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Feb 2020

Liberals' Failure Laid Bare on Social Justice Day

World Social Justice Day shines the spotlight on Premier Gutwein’s promise of a ‘compassionate’ government for Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Feb 2020

Ugly Liberal Anti-Abortion Ideology Continues

The anti-abortion position of the Liberals is shown by their refusal to provide surgical termination procedures through the public hospital system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Feb 2020

Liberals Still Holding Back Pill Testing

Festivals want to make sure they provide the safest possible environment to their patrons, but the Liberal Party is standing in their way.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Feb 2020

Serious Lead Levels Demand Health Investigation

High levels of lead detected in the water supply for the new Royal Hobart Hospital K-Block building is deeply concerning news.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Feb 2020

DEC Must Remain in Public Hands

The Greens welcome the move towards a state basketball team. The Derwent Entertainment Centre deal, however, must be approached with caution.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Dec 2019

ANU Review Demands Action on Pill Testing

The ANU review found the pill testing service at Groovin’ the Moo did not encourage the use of drugs.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Dec 2019

Get Ready for Labor and Ogilvie to Sell Out Gambling Victims

Tasmanians who have suffered gambling addiction are set to be abandoned by both State Labor and former Labor MP Madeleine Ogilvie.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Dec 2019

TCCI Report Reveals Widening Wealth Gap Under Hodgman Liberals

The TCCI’s ‘Tasmania Report’ confirms what many Tasmanians are feeling. The wealth gap is widening under Will Hodgman’s leadership.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Dec 2019

Hodgman Government's Legacy

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Nov 2019

Party In The Paddock to Champion Pill Testing

We are proud to be the sponsor of Party In The Paddock’s Parliamentary petition calling for pill testing to be trialled in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2019

Emergency Department at the LGH

Rosalie Woodruff contributes to Labor's Motion regarding the emergency department at the Launceston General Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Nov 2019

Health Budget and Access Solutions meeting agreements

The Minister for Health oversees a budget which grows every year. That is the nature of the Health budget.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Nov 2019

NSW Coroner Recommends Immediate Action on Pill Testing

The New South Wales deputy state coroner has examined the tragic deaths at music festivals and today passed down her findings. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Nov 2019

Leadership in Local Produce

The Greens support a strong framework for supplying local communities with local food and minimising waste.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Policies  |  14 Feb 2018

Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018

A Bill for an Act to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001 to provide for the lawful delivery of drug analysis services.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Greens Bill  |  28 Nov 2018

Healthy Food, Healthy Patients

The Tasmanian Greens believe patients in our Hospitals should have access to healthy, good quality food.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Policies  |  15 Feb 2018

Alternative Budget 2019-20

Tasmanian Greens Alternative Budget for the financial year 2019-20.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019

Labor Back Liberals in the Failed 'War on Drugs'

The Liberals’ ban on the sale of ice pipes passed through the House of Assembly this afternoon with the support of the Labor Party.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2019

Ice Pipe Ban Bill Puts Lives at Risk

The Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, today tabled a Bill to ban the sale of ice pipes that, if passed, will put people’s lives at further risk.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Oct 2019

Tasmanian Health System Cuts

It has been confirmed since you came to office in 2014, around $1.6 billion of funding that should have gone into the health system has been spent elsewhere.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Sep 2019

Hodgman's Health Dishonesty

Premier Will Hodgman continues to falsely claim his government has not cut the Health Budget.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2019

Nurses Next in Liberals' Frontline Health Cuts

The enforced reduction of casual and permanent part-time nurses’ shift hours is the next frontline health cut under the Liberals’ efficiency dividend.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2019

Labor Abandon Health as Paul Lennon's Grip Tightens

After spending five years talking about the importance of health to Tasmanians, Labor appears to have abandoned their ‘top priority’.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Sep 2019

Courtney Must Rule Out Cruel Frontline Health Cuts

Health Minister, Sarah Courtney must rule out elective surgery cuts for public health patients.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Aug 2019

Government Responsible For Water Quality Fix

Six million litres of untreated sewage was discharged into the Derwent River from the Macquarie Point Sewage Treatment Plant on Sunday.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Aug 2019

Labor Backflip on Protecting Young Lives

The Labor Party’s decision to oppose Independent MLC, Ruth Forrest’s pill testing Motion makes it clear they’ve abandoned their party platform.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Aug 2019

Listeriosis Deaths

Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise tonight to make some comments about the very sad death last week of two people from listeriosis, a food-borne illness.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jul 2019

Health Cuts

It is just a statement of fact that every single government from time immemorial has increased the Health budget year on year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jul 2019

Health - Efficiency Dividends and Budget Cuts

Ambulances are ramped eight and nine deep on a nightly basis, and clinical staff are crying out for adequate resourcing and leadership.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jul 2019

Listeria Deaths Linked to Tasmanian Salmon

The Tasmanian Government must undertake a thorough investigation of salmon farming processes as a matter of urgency.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Jul 2019

Courtney in Pill Testing Spotlight

Hobart City Council’s vote in support of pill testing puts new Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, in the spotlight.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Jul 2019

Allied Health Professionals' Plea Must Be Heard

HACSU’s letter paints a disturbing picture about the impact on patients and staff from chronic underfunding of services. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Ferguson

Chair, I will reflect on some of the enlightening conversations I had with the minister in his capacity as the Minister for Health.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

Mental Health

We have a situation where young people and children are admitted in mental health distress into wards for adults.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Jun 2019

Health - Implementation of Recommendations of Auditor-General

There is an absence of effective leadership and accountability to change a health service culture deeply resistant to change.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 May 2019

Hospitals - Implementation of Recommendations of Auditor-General

The Auditor-General's report into the performance of Tasmania's hospital emergency departments is extremely confronting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 May 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2019

Budget Reply Speech

Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 May 2019

Auditor General's Emergency Department Report Demands Action

The Auditor General’s report into Tasmania’s hospital emergency departments is enormously confronting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2019

Climate Change Emergency - Health Effects

We have just 11 years to dramatically change course and avoid global heating that would bring catastrophic changes to all life.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 May 2019

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2019

Health - Budget Priorities

The hospital executive received a letter that we spoke much about yesterday from the emergency department's registrar doctors.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2019

Pill Testing at Public Events

The ACT health minister invited Minister Ferguson to the Groovin the Moo Festival to observe their second pill-testing trial in operation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2019

Hospitals - Recommendations of Registrars

The legacy of the Minister's five-year health leadership so far has been a failure to listen to doctors and nurses.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2019

Tasmanian Salmon Listeria Concern

Reports from Queensland about Tasmanian salmon carrying the potentially fatal listeria bacteria in February this year are concerning.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Mar 2019

Slow, Systemic Reforms Won't Fix Systemic Under-funding of Child Protection

Tasmanian children and young people are being let down day after day as a result of persistent under-resourcing by the Hodgman Liberal Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Mar 2019

Tasmania's Distressing AIHW Mental Health Report Card

Tasmanians are buying an average of 9.3 prescriptions every year to help with their mental ill health.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Dec 2018

Fearful Labor Abandons Pill Testing Policy

Labor has put politics above keeping young people safe in their decision not to support the Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Nov 2018

Health Transparency

It is clear that what is at play in Tasmania is a structural underfunding by the Liberal Party of the health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Nov 2018

Crisis in the Health System

The Greens agree with the general tenor of this motion. It is a bit of a political motion because it has an internal contradiction.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2018

Ministerial Statement - Rebuilding the Health System

I cannot help bringing to my gaze to one of the big silences in this document, which contains some very welcome announcements and I will go to those.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Oct 2018

Mental Health Funding

There have been documented occasions where people in severe distress have been forced to wait in the emergency department for numbers of days.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Oct 2018

State of Health Report Confirms Need to Rethink Private Health Funding

Mr Goddard’s claim that more than 80 mortalities a year can be avoided, due to chronically under-resourced hospitals, is alarming.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Oct 2018

Government Should Publish Glyphosate Health Advice

Last night’s ABC’s Four Corners exposed the secrecy and cover ups used by herbicide manufacturer Monsanto-Beyer.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Oct 2018

Want of Confidence in Minister for Health

In the paper today is exactly what we have been talking about: that this minister has persistently stood here and told fib after fib year after year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Sep 2018

Health - KPMG Report

The secret KPMG report shows the truth in hard numbers.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Sep 2018

Health System Funding

Subsequent budgets have not been keeping up to the real costs of running the hospital system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2018

Meningococcal Vaccine

If you are talking about improving processes, if the Labor Party has some information about how to improve the processes, you should have tabled that today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Sep 2018

Access to Health Services

Any one of us who represents our constituencies and our shadow portfolios will know that there are equity of access issues right around Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Aug 2018

Health Whistleblowing

Dr O'Keeffe is a much-loved senior specialist in a range of women's health areas, including gynaecology and obstetrics.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Aug 2018

Minister for Health - Actions

Yesterday we saw on full display his arrogance as the Minister dismissed Frank O'Keeffe with a wave of his hand.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Aug 2018

Hodgman Must Intervene on Reproductive Choice for Tasmanian Women

The Liberals have once again let their ideology rule policy, confirming surgical terminations will remain severely restricted.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2018

Greens Release Healthy Foods, Healthy Patients Plan

The resignation of yet another senior surgeon, makes it’s clear Michael Ferguson’s crisis at the Launceston General Hospital is ongoing.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  22 Feb 2018

Unfolding Crisis at LGH Rests with Ferguson

There is an unfolding disaster for patients at the Launceston General Hospital as a result of Minister Ferguson's failure to respect clinical staff.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  3 Feb 2018

Still Work to be Done on LGBTI Equality

Hundreds of Tasmanians refused to let thunder and rain dampen their rainbow spirits today at the annual TasPride march through Hobart.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Jan 2018

Liberals Must Act on Reproductive Health

The closure of Tasmania’s only reproductive health clinic will place women seeking pregnancy termination in extremely difficult positions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Jan 2018

Elective Surgery Fail A Terrible Record For Health Minister

The Royal Hobart Hospital's record for providing elective surgery for people who urgently need it is the worst in the country, according to AIHW data.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Dec 2017

Tasmania Lagging on Emergency Department Wait Times Under Liberals

The AIHW report released today shows Tasmania’s two main hospitals are performing poorly compared to mainland hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Nov 2017

Ferguson Responsible for Health Failures, Must Release Deloitte Report

The Health Minister should release the report into the operations of the Tasmanian Health Service Executive.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Nov 2017

Mental Health Unit Rejected

The AMA leaves no room for doubt in their criticism of the Hodgman Liberal government’s plan to steamroll through a new acute mental health facility.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 2017

Contempt of Court Risk Health Minister's Fault

Minister Ferguson has failed to properly resource the State's only secure mental health facility, the Wilfred Lopes Centre.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Oct 2017

ACT Pill Testing Will Save Lives

The ACT Government’s decision to allow free pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival will save lives.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Sep 2017

Issues at the Royal Hobart Hospital

In that last six days at the RHH there have been two category 4 escalations, four violent events and all elective surgeries have been cancelled.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2017

Royal Hobart Hospital - Psychiatric Medicine Accreditation

As we have just heard, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry has withdrawn their accreditation status from the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Aug 2017

Ferguson's Broken Health System Legacy

Health Ferguson’s parroting of an unusually high influenza season this winter is an insult to the staff and patients at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Sep 2017

Public Health Reform Desperately Needed Under Liberals

The Greens welcome the clear pathway presented through the Public Health Policy Reform plan announced by major health agencies today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2017

Greens Release Medicinal Cannabis Registration Scheme Policy Initiative

The Liberals' Controlled Access Scheme for medicinal cannabis begins tomorrow, but very few Tasmanians will be able to access it.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 Aug 2017

Ferguson Must Address Psychiatric Care Shortage at the LGH

Last week the Royal Hobart Hospital Department of Psychiatric Medicine lost their RANZCP accreditation.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Aug 2017

Strong Greens Franklin Ticket for State Election

The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of talented and committed candidates in Franklin in the upcoming State Election.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Aug 2017

Labor Ignore Climate Change in Reshuffle

By ignoring climate change, both Labor and the Liberals dismiss humanity's biggest threat, and abrogate their responsibility to prepare Tasmania for the future.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Aug 2017

Public Health Professional and Climate Educator Join Greens' Denison Ticket

The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of candidates in Denison in the upcoming State election.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Aug 2017

Labor and Liberals Putting Politics Before Health on Drug Policy

Labor and the Liberals are ignoring the experts, and the evidence the ‘war on drugs’ has failed in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Aug 2017

Greens Call for Rethink on Drug Policy

Following yesterday’s release of the Community Legal Centres’ Report into drug treatment and law reform, the Greens are calling for a drug law reform package.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Aug 2017

Labor and Liberals Ignore Health Cost of Pokies

Tasmanians lose $200 million a year to poker machines. They devastate families and destroy lives.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jul 2017

Three and Half Years' Silence from Ogilvie on Pokies

Ms Ogilvie has been silent about poker machines, and the serious harm they cause, for three and a half years.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  27 Jul 2017

Extra $220M to Health in Greens' Alternative Budget

The Greens’ Alternative Budget prioritises what Tasmanians most want, fixing the State’s health system - currently at breaking point.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2017

Greens Deliver Triple Bottom Line Alternative Budget

The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget is a fully costed vision for the future that demonstrates it is possible to look after people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 May 2017

Ferguson's Band-aid Budget Won't Prevent RHH Crisis

There is nothing in the State Budget to prevent the imminent winter flu crisis, and subsequent overcrowding, at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2017

A State Budget Bloated with Pork

The more you look at this Budget, the more cynical you become.  It’s very clear that it is designed to help the Liberals buy their way to the next election.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2017

State Budget Response

Having slashed funding to essential services in their first Budget, now the Liberals are trying to repair some of the damage.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2017

Restricted Access to Medicinal Cannabis Scheme

The announcement that the medicinal cannabis Controlled Access Scheme will provide access for children with drug-resistant epilepsy is a positive step forward.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2017

Lives at Risk if Ambulance Tasmania Funding Missing from State Budget

The median Tasmanian ambulance response time of 14.1 minutes is the worst in the country. It’s far too long for people who need critical life support.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2017

Coroner Confirms RHH Under-Resourcing Putting Patient Lives at Risk

The Coronial inquest into the 2015 death of a Royal Hobart Hospital patient found it could have been prevented.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 May 2017

Ferguson Must Develop Winter Crisis Management Plan for RHH

Last night in the Royal Hobart Hospital, 17 out of 27 patients were waiting for over 12 hours for a bed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 May 2017

Tasmanian Health Forgotten in Federal Budget

The gradual withdrawal of Commonwealth health funding over the last few years exposes the dire state of Tasmania’s public health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 May 2017

Joint Health Shows Need For An Emergency Winter Plan

The Joint Statement on Public Hospitals from all major Tasmanian health bodies shows the critical state of our public hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Apr 2017

Ferguson Must Fund Drug Health Programs in Budget

The ACIC's National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report, released over the weekend, is proof of the alarming level of ice use in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Mar 2017

Hodgman Needs To Lead Drug Law Reform

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2017

Government Must Fund Home Palliative Care Services

The Liberals have delivered another serious blow to a core public health service with the closure of Palliative Care Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Mar 2017

Elective Surgery Waiting Times Blowing Out

The most recent figures by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in their Elective Surgery Waiting Times 2015-16 report are terrifying.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2017

Ferguson Ignores LGH Expert Review

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Mar 2017

Report on State's Sick Hospitals Ignored by Liberals

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Feb 2017

Medicinal Cannabis Users Still at Risk of Prosecution Under Liberals

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 2017

Tasmanians Still at Risk of Prosecution on Medicinal Cannabis

The Greens welcome the Federal Health Minister's medicinal cannabis announcement today.  This policy change is a step in the right direction.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  22 Feb 2017

State Liberals Must Fight for Rural Alive and Well Funding

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Feb 2017

Palliative Care Budget Failure

The Liberals have delivered another serious blow to the public health service with the closure of Palliative Care Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Feb 2017

RHH "Exceeding Capacity" Due to Ferguson's Underfunding

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Feb 2017

Liberals' Medicinal Cannabis Mess

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Jan 2017

State Liberals Must Save Rural Health Services

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Dec 2016

What Has Mark Shelton Been Smoking?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Nov 2016

RHH Decant Leaves Psychiatric Unit Out in the Cold

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Nov 2016

Hospital Decant Risks Patients' Safety

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Nov 2016

Elective Surgeries at the Launceston General Hospital

We are aware of patients presenting to the emergency department at the LGH with no paperwork and no after-surgery care plan with infections and other issues.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2016

Food Labeling to Tackle Obesity

The Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms Tasmania is Australia’s most obese state, with 32 per cent of adults obese and 67 per cent overweight.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2016

Ferguson's LGH Elective Surgery Mess

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 2016

Mass Drug Overdose Demands Response - Pill Testing Saves Lives

On 22 and 23 October 2016, Australia experienced its worst mass drug overdose in decades with doctors expecting it will happen again in the next few months.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Oct 2016

Pill Testing to Save Young Tasmanian Lives

Last week 12 young people were hospitalised on the Gold Coast after consuming a drug they thought was ecstasy. Twenty-seven-year-old Ricky Stevens later died.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Oct 2016

Pill Testing Could Save Tasmanian Lives

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Oct 2016

Medicinal Cannabis

Over the past two years, the Premier and Police minister have made a number of statements seeking to reassure Tasmanians who rely on medicinal cannabis.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Oct 2016

Protection Needed for Medicinal Cannabis Users

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  12 Oct 2016

Ferguson Left Hospitals Under-Resourced, Running on Empty

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Oct 2016

Health Minister Blames Former Government for Two Years of Inaction on Ice Epidemic

A dangerous increase in crystal methamphetamine use in Tasmania is now strongly suggestive of an epidemic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Sep 2016

Desperate Need for Rehabilitative Services for Ice Addiction

The very real and dangerous increase in Crystalline Methamphetamine (Ice) use in Tasmania is now strongly suggestive of an epidemic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2016

Epilepsy Connect in Tasmania Invaluable

Epilepsy Connect has been funded as a pilot project to provide peer-to-peer telephone support for people living with epilepsy.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2016

Liberals Should Emulate Poppy Industry for Medical Cannabis

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Sep 2016

Acute Crisis Care in Tasmanian Hospitals

I have noticed a couple of concerning things in the paediatric areas of the North West Regional Hospital and the Launceston General Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Aug 2016

Ice Use Needs Government-Wide Action

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2016

Ferguson Failing Sick Children

Staff numbers, equipment and facilities in the paediatric wards at Northern Hospitals are distressingly inadequate.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Aug 2016

Health Minister Evasive on Palliative Care

The four-year Commonwealth funding for Palliative Care Tasmania ended in June.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2016

Health Minister Needs to Commit to Permanent LGH Ward 4D

To meet patient demand at the LGH 122 beds are required, the number of available beds has remained at 92

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2016

Palliative Care Plan Needed

During Question Time today, Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, was unable to outline his plan to address the desperate palliative care funding gap in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2016

Ferguson Admits RHH Failure

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Aug 2016

RHH Falling Apart Under Ferguson's Watch

The Health Minister's comment that the possibility of a post-surgery patient being exposed to asbestos was "regrettable" is insulting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Aug 2016

Liberals' Health Plan Toothless and Weak

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jul 2016

RHH Asbestos Questions Need Answers

The news that 40 staff may have been exposed to asbestos at the Royal Hobart Hospital is extremely concerning. We sincerely hope no staff have been exposed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Jul 2016

Business Over Health, Ferguson Must Resign as Minister

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Jul 2016

Ballooning Locum Costs in Hospitals

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Jul 2016

Ambulance Tasmania Pay Deal Welcome

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Jul 2016

Routine Elective Surgery Funds Going To Interstate Hospitals

Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has been flying patients to private hospitals in Victoria for routine surgery to try and reduce the elective waiting lists.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

The Greens have discussed our energy strategy on numbers of occasions in this House since we tabled it early this year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

New Money The Only Fix For Chronic Underfunding

The strong criticism today by the Australian Medical Association of the state health budget cuts is a serious warning that can’t be ignored.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jun 2016

Health Minister Needs to Stop Blaming Others over LGH

The Health Minister is delusional if he believes the situation at the Launceston General Hospital is not about funding and resourcing.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  21 Jun 2016

Health Minister Ferguson Crippling LGH Emergency Department

The Launceston General emergency department has suffered an exodus of nine of eleven specialists and six senior nursing staff.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Jun 2016

Sugar Strategy Needed to Combat Obesity

Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Jun 2016

Ministers on Notice to Ensure All Checks Are Done With Teen Challenge

Teen Challenge Tasmania has received approval from the Meander Valley Council to establish their ‘Home of Hope’ at the former school site.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Jun 2016

Evidence Based Solution Needed for Reducing Smoking Rates

We know smoking tobacco is the largest cause of preventable death and disease in Australia and it has an incredibly major impact on the health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Jun 2016

Health Minister Ferguson Still Blaming Others for Emergency Department Chaos

The public record states that 9 out of 11 specialists from the Launceston General Hospital's Emergency Department have resigned. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Jun 2016

Launceston in Health Crisis

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Jun 2016

Liberals Need to Honour Their Suicide Prevention Election Commitment

The Liberals should stand by their election commitment to Tasmanians and fund their suicide prevention commitments as they said they would.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Jun 2016

Ideology in the Way of Preventative Health

Minister Ferguson has put his personal ideology in the way of preventive health measures in this year's Budget.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2016

Call for Government to Fund Pill Testing to Keep Our Youth Safe

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016

Liberals Stalling Process to Legalise Low-THC Hemp as Food

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: No Additional Funding for Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Hidding Won't Commit to Keeping Our Young People Safe

The evidence shows pill testing will keep our young people safe from harmful drugs and it has the support of the Police Association.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Greens Deliver for Northern Tasmania

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2016

Liberals' Blind Refusal to Protect Young People

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget Invests in Preventative Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

$18M Cut Hidden in Health Budget

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Health System Gutted of Funding

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Ferguson Pushing Health System to Brink of Collapse

Despite the back-on-track rhetoric, the Minister for Health has attempted to hide the details of his ongoing evisceration of Tasmania’s public hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Dishonest Liberal Government Budget Lacks Vision and Courage

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget lacks courage and a vision for the future.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Call for Liberal Government Not to Rule Out Additional Palliative Care Facility in the North

After the closure of Philip Oakden House in 2007, Launceston has been without a dedicated, standalone hospice facility.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 May 2016

No Commitment from Health Minister to Tasmanian Sex Workers

Minister Ferguson has cut funding to the Tasmanian Sex Worker Project, a frontline preventive health investment that has been running for a decade.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 May 2016

Ferguson Leaves Sex Workers Without Health and Safety Support

The only targeted sex worker education program in Tasmania will close on the 30 June 2016, as a result of the decision of the Minister for Health.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 May 2016

Ferguson Hiding on Scarlet Alliance Funding

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2016

Cut to Scarlet Alliance a National Shame

The Health Minister's decision to cut government funding to the Tasmanian Sex Worker Project is at odds with preventive health policy.  

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2016

Government Action Needed on Young Smokers

Evidence smoking rates in young Tasmanians have risen by 6.7% in the last 3 years is very concerning.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 May 2016

Health Pincer Movement Cuts Funding

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Crisis Ignored

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Tasmania's Health Funding Chronically Ailing

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

Federal Budget Duds Tasmanians

The first Turnbull Budget has left the vast majority of Tasmanians out in the cold.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2016

Liberals at Odds With Reality on Medicinal Cannabis Use

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Apr 2016

Old Parties Deny Tasmanians Opportunity for Best Practice Water Management

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2016

Health Minister Confirms Rural Health Outreach Funding to End in June

The Liberal Federal Government has committed to slashing the rural health outreach program by approximately two-thirds.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Apr 2016

Call for Separate Executive Director in Allied Health

The Government is overseeing a restructure of the Executive of the Tasmanian Health Service.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Apr 2016

Liberal Member for Braddon Shows Ignorance on Forestry Burns

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Apr 2016

Allied Health Loss for Tasman, Dover and East Coast

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Apr 2016

Change of Heart on Medicinal Cannabis Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Apr 2016

Liberal Gouging Responsible for Tassie's Health Mess

The combined effect of the Federal and State Liberal governments has meant a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars from Tasmania's health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Apr 2016

Hodgman Should Follow Andrews on Medicinal Cannabis Now

The Victorian government have shown us what true leadership looks like when it comes to medicinal cannabis.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Apr 2016

Hodgman COAG April Fool

The Council of Australian Government's meeting was held in Canberra on 1 April 2016 - April Fool's Day.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Apr 2016

Health "Fix" Meaningless without Money

Staff in the public health system are unlikely to be satisfied with Minister Ferguson’s announcement of his planned “fix” for our broken health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2016

COAG Let Down for Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Apr 2016

Stop Shifting Health Blame, Just Fix It, Minister

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

$27M Bandaid for Health

The government's plan to shift over $27M from the Consolidated Fund into health is clear evidence of a system that needs more support than it's getting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

A Healthy Mess

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2016

Federal Medical Cannabis Bill Very Welcome

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2016

It is Time to Recall Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Feb 2016

Hospitals Need Staff, Not Just New Theatres

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jan 2016

Liberals Fail National Hospital Report Card

The AMA Public Hospital Report Card is a shocking record of the Hodgman government’s mismanagement of our hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jan 2016

Greens Welcome Medical Cannabis MoU

The Greens welcome the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Tasmanian and New South Wales governments. It's about time.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  10 Dec 2015

Tasmania Report Presents Multiple Challenges for the State

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2015

No Room for Cuts in Health

The Minister’s axing of 80 full-time positions in the health service is completely unexpected and raises grave concerns about the impact on patients' health.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Dec 2015

Smoke and Mirrors in Our Hospitals

The government’s proposal to limit nursing shifts to a maximum of 12 hours will not improve the amount of double-shifts being worked around the state.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Nov 2015

Explanation of $100K THS Recruitment Bill Needed

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Nov 2015

Valuing community nurses

The Australian College of Nursing has launched the Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week to celebrate the work of community-based health care.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2015

Health System Needs More Beds

Launceston General Hospital patients are once more feeling the brunt of the government's health cuts.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2015

Appointments Needed in Health

Concerns raised by the AMA’s Dr Tim Greenaway about key health leadership positions need to be addressed by Minister Ferguson as soon as possible.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Sep 2015

Sound Proofing Needed for Theatre Success

Construction of a helipad on the roof of the Royal Hobart Hospital and its potential lifesaving capacity is wholeheartedly welcomed by the Greens.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  26 Aug 2015

Concessions for Lifesaving Equipment

Madam Speaker, I want to raise an issue of concern to all Tasmanians who rely on concessions to be able to affordably use lifesaving equipment.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Aug 2015

LGH Woes a Symptom of Health System in Crisis

The Health Minister needs to take personal responsibility for the enormous and unsustainable pressure being felt by both the RHH and the LGH.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Aug 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP Inaugural Speech

I am proud to be the first woman to represent the Greens in the seat of Franklin. I note with pride that the proportion of women in this house is now 44%.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Aug 2015

Gutwein: Invest in Tasmanians

916 full time positions that have been cut from the public service - the 158 teachers and 337 health professionals.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2015

Rosalie Woodruff New Greens Member for Franklin

The Tasmanian Greens Party Room is delighted that Dr Rosalie Woodruff has been elected on countback to fill Senator-designate, Nick McKim’s seat in Franklin.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 2015

Expensive Advertising Comes at the Cost of Public Health

Michael Ferguson cannot possibly justify spending taxpayer dollars on an advertising campaign for his as-yet-unrealised, unfunded health reform White Paper.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Jun 2015

Health Reform Direction Sound but Where are the Dollars?

The Greens want to see as much of the politics taken out of the health debate as possible and that is why we have publicly supported the reform direction.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jun 2015

Water Quality

Boil water alerts are useless to residents as boiling does not rid drinking water of lead.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Jun 2015

Government Inaction on Medical Cannabis

Police Minister Rene Hidding has admitted that the Government has rejected key recommendations from the parliamentary Committee report into medicinal cannabis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Jun 2015

Budget Reply Speech

While the Liberals have been slapping themselves on the back about what a terrific Budget it is, it has been roundly condemned by the community sector.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2015

Liberals Wash Hands of Responsibility for Water and Sewerage Infrastructure

Not one of TasWater's 80 treatment plants meet modern standards and communities across Tasmania are facing contaminated water supplies.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Jun 2015

Water Quality in Towns

Across Tasmania there are communities who are being told not to drink their water because it is not safe or to boil it before drinking.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Jun 2015

Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Services

Mental health services for young Tasmanians remain the most poorly resourced in the country.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2015

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Remains Critically Under Resourced

Tasmania's youth mental health services remain the most poorly resourced in the country.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2015

Liberal Budget Repackages Old Money for Disadvantaged Tasmanians

The Government is trying to deceive disadvantaged Tasmanians into believing there’s something of substance for them in this year’s State Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2015

Liberal Bandaid for North-West Health

After months of prevaricating, the Federal Liberal Government has now announced just two years of funding to the Mersey Hospital.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2015

Federal Budget - Health

Last night’s Federal Budget has failed Tasmania’s health system by locking in funding cuts which will compromise the success of much needed reforms.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 May 2015

Elective Surgery Waiting Lists at the RHH

One year into the job and Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has presided over a massive blowout in the elective surgery waiting list.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Apr 2015

National Ice Taskforce

One million dollars invested in saving lives from ice would be money far better spent.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Apr 2015

Health White Paper Response

Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, is to be commended on the quality of the exposure draft of the White Paper on Health which he released yesterday.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Apr 2015

Health Minister Missing in Action

Minister Ferguson could not point to a single concrete action he or the government have taken to address the escalating issue of crystal methamphetamine.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Mar 2015

Strategy Needed to Tackle Ice

It is now more than four months since ABC Four Corners exposed the growing and insidious use of Ice in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Mar 2015

Paramedics Left Out Despite TIC Determination

Last year’s Budget papers showed that almost $7 million was spent in the first half of last year on fly-in, fly-out locum doctors in the North West alone.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Feb 2015

Ferguson All Talk and No Action

Minister Ferguson has so far done a lot of talking about health reform, lowering elective surgery waiting lists and delivering a modern Royal Hobart Hospital.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Jan 2015

Release Hospital Treasury Advice

Minister Ferguson has an obligation to release Treasury's analysis of the proposed Cenotaph hospital.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Dec 2014

Greenfields RHH Hospital

We have seen many unforseen issues with the redevelopment of the current RHH site, making the new greensfields proposal worthy of serious consideration.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2014

Ice Drug Review Response

Health Minister Michael Ferguson is failing in his duty of care to the health of Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Nov 2014

Straight Answers Needed on Oatlands Hospital

The Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, will fail to convince the community of Oatlands that their Multi Purpose Health Centre is safe.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  30 Oct 2014

Regional Health Services

The Midlands Multi-Purpose Health Centre provides crucial health care for local Midlands residents.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2014

Liberals Cut More Health Services

A local campaign to save the Midlands Multi-purpose Health Centre at Oatlands from slated budget cuts is underway.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  24 Oct 2014

Solarium Ban Action Needed

The Liberal’s backflip on the tripartite agreement to ban the use of solariums by 31 December this year leaves Tasmania behind the rest of the nation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Oct 2014

Federal Elective Surgery Money Won't Fix Problem

The announcement of a $23.4 million funding allocation to Tasmania’s public hospitals is welcome but it’s political smoke and mirrors.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Aug 2014

Hodgman Regime Attacks Workers' Rights

The Hodgman regime has tried to restrict the rights of nurses and midwives to better understand the impact of the public sector wage freeze.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Aug 2014

No Formal Poppy Advice

Minister Rockliff has been exposed misleading the public over the extent of poppy industry concerns about a medicinal cannabis trial in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Aug 2014

Medicinal Cannabis Inquiry Submissions Due

Tasmanians are being urged to lodge a submission with the Legislative Council Parliamentary Committee Inquiry which closes tomorrow.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Aug 2014

Health Funding and GST

Michael Ferguson needs to reassure Tasmanians that every dollar allocated to health this year in the Commonwealth GST distribution will be spent on health.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Aug 2014

THO Reforms Underway

The Minister's plan to base the new Tasmanian Health Service in Launceston is a serious mistake that smacks of parochial politics.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jul 2014

THO Reform

Any reduction in the current three Tasmanian health Organisations to one, must be based on good public policy and improved health outcomes.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  8 Jul 2014

Rationalise Tasmanian Health Organisations

the latest AIHW report of public hospital performance in Tasmania reinforces the insanity of the Abbott Government's massive cuts to health.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jun 2014

Federal GP co-payments

The silence from the Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, over the Abbot government’s planned $7 GP co-payment will dismay many Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2014

Take Responsibility for Health

Minister Ferguson is creating uncertainty and fear within his Department and further damaging morale as Health faces tens of millions in lost funding.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 May 2014