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Urgent Care Centre Report Welcome, Rollout Must be Prioritised

We welcome the release of the feasibility study into Urgent Care Centres - after more than 18 months of it sitting on the Health Minister’s desk.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Oct 2020


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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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Sep 2020


Hobart Private Hospital

Health Minister Must Act on Elective Surgery

Public elective surgery waiting lists are out of control, and the Health Minister Sarah must commit to using the private health system to reduce them.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2020


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ANMF Submission Confirms North West PPE Allegations

The ANMF submission to the investigation of the North West COVID-19 outbreak confirms many public reports about the lack of access to PPE.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Sep 2020


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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


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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


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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


Science Lab

COVID-19 Update

Some of us would have heard stories late last year of a mysterious virus coming out of Wuhan, China.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2020


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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


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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


Burnie, North-West Tasmania

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


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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


Parliament House, Tasmania

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


Ambulance, Interior

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


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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


Mental Health, Man on Couch

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


Ambulance, Interior

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


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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2019


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

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


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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


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

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


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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


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

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


Mental Health, Man on Couch

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


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

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


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Ferguson's Failure on Psychiatric Medicine at the RHH

The withdrawal of 2 - 3 training psychiatrists from the staff of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine is a devastating blow to the functioning of the RHH.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Aug 2017


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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


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

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


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

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


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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


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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


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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


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Ferguson Ignores LGH Expert Review

Today's announcement is just trying to distract from the core governance and organisational problems his expert review recommended he fix six months ago.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Mar 2017


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Report on State's Sick Hospitals Ignored by Liberals

The report of the expert review on the State's two biggest hospitals was handed to the Health Minister last August.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Feb 2017


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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


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

RHH "Exceeding Capacity" Due to Ferguson's Underfunding

Minister Ferguson has finally admitted the self-evident truth, that “emergency and admissions are exceeding capacity" at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Feb 2017


Mental Health, Man on Couch

RHH Decant Leaves Psychiatric Unit Out in the Cold

The decant of the Psychiatric Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital will drastically cut the quality of care for people in the greatest need.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Nov 2016


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Hospital Decant Risks Patients' Safety

Senior clinical staff warned Minister Ferguson that the reduction in Medical Ward beds at the decant is a serious risk to patient safety.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Nov 2016


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Ferguson Left Hospitals Under-Resourced, Running on Empty

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Oct 2016


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

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


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Ferguson Admits RHH Failure

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Aug 2016


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

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


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Liberals' Health Plan Toothless and Weak

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jul 2016


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Health Budget Crisis Looming, Where's Will?

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


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Ballooning Locum Costs in Hospitals

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Jul 2016


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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


Green Economics

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


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Launceston in Health Crisis

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Jun 2016


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State Budget 2016: No Additional Funding for Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

$18M Cut Hidden in Health Budget

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016


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State Budget 2016: Health System Gutted of Funding

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Health Pincer Movement Cuts Funding

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2016


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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


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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


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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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Apr 2016


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COAG Let Down for Tasmania

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


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Stop Shifting Health Blame, Just Fix It, Minister

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2016


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$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


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Hospitals Need Staff, Not Just New Theatres

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jan 2016


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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


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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


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Patient Care at Risk

Calls on the government to permanently employ more nurses and midwives in order to ensure safe patient care rather than relying on overtime and double shifts. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Nov 2015


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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


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Explanation of $100K THS Recruitment Bill Needed

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Nov 2015


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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


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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


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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


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

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


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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


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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


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Savage Cuts to Health

Cuts to 224 staff from the Department of Health and Human Services will lead to a decline in the quality and availability of services.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Oct 2014


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Elective Surgery Waiting Lists

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report again highlights the pressing need for long term structural reform of Tasmania’s health sector.

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


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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