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Ambulance, Interior

Urgent Action Needed on Ramping Crisis

A newly published Victorian study highlighting the harm caused to patients by ambulance ramping has important implications for Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jul 2022


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Greens Table Petition to Support Health Workers

Today I tabled a petition calling on the Rockliff Government to fix Tasmania’s devastated health system, on behalf of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Feder

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jun 2022


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Budget Health Cuts

The need is coming from the increasing number of people who access health services every day.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2022


Launceston, Tasmania

Launceston General Hospital

Mr Speaker, there is no doubt that the pressure on staff in the Launceston General Hospital is extreme at the moment.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 May 2022


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Government Must Ensure Safe Staffing Levels for Nurses

The Premier assured us he has financial flex in his budget, and he should use it to ensure safe staffing levels in the health system, and to make a COVID allowa

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Jan 2022


Doctor with Face Mask

Health Workers Deserve COVID Allowance

The Gutwein government needs to follow Victoria’s lead and give healthcare workers in the public system a COVID allowance

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Jan 2022


Hospital Bed

As Cases Soar, World Health Organisation Makes a Lie of Premier’s ‘Mild’ Claims

With a 50% test positivity rate and 2223 recorded cases today, Tasmanians are suffering as a result of the Gutwein Government’s hands-off approach to Omicron.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jan 2022


Parliament House, Tasmania

Peter Gutwein Needs to Stand Up to Morrison at National Cabinet

The Premier who has effectively abandoned Tasmanians to Covid needs to show some backbone at National Cabinet today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jan 2022


Ambulance, Interior

Liberals Must Act on Health Concerns

Police Union reports of an unresponsive baby who had to be transported to hospital by police because no ambulance was available are alarming.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2021


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Minister Silent on Healthcare Staff COVID Absences

The Government must urgently consider the potential health system impacts of absences from healthcare workers who become infected with coronavirus.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Nov 2021


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

HealthStats Reveals More Disastrous Scenes at RHH ED

The HealthStats update, released today, once again shows the deepening crisis at the Royal Hobart Hospital, with record low statistics once again

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2021


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Greens Support ANMF Petition

The Tasmanian Greens are proud to sponsor the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s parliamentary petition about our state’s deepening health crisis.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Oct 2021


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

RHH Crisis Won’t Be Fixed By Spin

The most recent HealthStats dashboard update paints a grim picture of a Royal Hobart Hospital in crisis.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Sep 2021


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Hospital Emergency Department Staffing

The Department of Health dashboard for June shows the number of patients seen on time in our emergency departments was the lowest ever.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Aug 2021


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Worst Results on Record for Emergency Departments

Today’s HealthStats Dashboard update shows key statistics for Tasmania's EDs have reached new lows

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2021


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Gutwein’s Band-Aid Budget

After eight years of underfunding health, housing, education, skills, and corrections, the Liberals have delivered a Band-Aid Budget

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Aug 2021


Hospital Bed

Rockliff Must Give Nurses a Place at the Table

Tasmania’s new Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff should re-establish the position of Statewide Executive Director of Nursing on the THS Executive Board

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2021


Hospital Bed

Greens' Fix For Health

The Greens understand the need for immediate and ambitious action to tackle the health crisis, and are proud to announce our comprehensive plan to do just that.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Apr 2021


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Leaders' Debate

Peter Gutwein and Rebecca White having a Leaders debate, organised by the Property Council at Wrest Point casino, says everything about their priorities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2021


Hospital Bed

Liberals' Health Failure

The latest update to the HealthStats dashboard is another clear demonstration of a health system being completely mismanaged by the Liberals.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Mar 2021


Doctor with Face Mask

HealthStats Paints Worsening Elective Surgery Picture

​​​​​​​Today’s update to the HealthStats dashboard paints a bleak picture for those Tasmanians waiting for urgent, potentially life-saving elective surgery.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Sep 2020


Doctor with Patient

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.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 May 2019


Hospital Bed

Hospitals - Implementation of Recommendations of Auditor-General

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

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 May 2019


Parliament House, Tasmania

Want of confidence in Minister for Health, Mr Ferguson

The evidence of the past five years has persuaded me that this minister is not able to appreciate and to act in consultation with his hard-working staff.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2019


Doctor with Patient

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


Doctor with Patient

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.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2017


Hospital Bed

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.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Apr 2017


Doctor with Patient

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.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2017


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Emergency Department Report Ignored by Ferguson

I rise to put some more context to the report the Minister for Health conducted last year as part of the patients' access initiative Patients First.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Mar 2017


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Ferguson's RHH Christmas Chaos

Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, needs to take his fingers out of his ears and start listening to the doctors and nurses in the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Dec 2016


Hospital Bed

Public Health Crisis

Under a neoliberal market-first privatisation ideology, the minister has systematically cut the funds to the Health department.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2016


Doctor with Patient

Health Budget Crisis Looming, Where's Will?

The Tasmanian Budget is heading for crisis with an estimated $1.8 billion in Federal cuts to health beginning from 1 July next year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jul 2016


Doctor with Patient

Health System in Crisis

The events in Tasmania’s hospitals over the last couple of months are inexcusable and cast a black shadow over this parliament.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Apr 2016


Doctor with Patient

Stop Shifting Health Blame, Just Fix It, Minister

The events of the last couple of days in our hospitals are inexcusable and they shame us all.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2016