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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

Leaders Must Listen to Young People in COVID-19 Rebuild

The Greens welcome the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s 'Listening to Children and Young People in Tasmania Report 2019'.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 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

Liberals' Sham Consultation to Entrench Poker Machine Harm

The Liberals' plan for the future of gambling in Tasmania released last yesterday afternoon will entrench social harm for two decades to come.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 2020

Wellbeing of Young Tasmanians

The Commissioner for Children and Young People paints a mixed picture of Tasmania’s progress on the wellbeing of young Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2020

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

Quality Education for all Tasmanian Students

Investment in education is one of the most important functions of government. Our schools need more funding for teachers and support staff.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Policies  |  2 Feb 2018

Mental Wellness A Path to Recovery

The Tasmanian Greens know a lot more needs to be done to improve our mental health system including clearer pathways and community health options.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Policies  |  1 Mar 2018

Looking Out for LGBTI Tasmanians

The Tasmanian Greens believe every Australian has the right to be treated equally. Action on equality is essential for a healthy, accepting society.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  25 Jan 2018

Federal Religious Freedom Bill

Suicide rates and self-harm amongst LGBTI people, particularly young people and transgender people, is significantly higher than the average populations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Sep 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

Child and Youth Mental Health

New beds will be progressively rolled out from 2020-21, including 10 new intensive care unit beds and a dedicated 16-bed adolescent unit.

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

Child and Youth Mental Health

60,000 Tasmanians live in mental health distress every year. They suffer financial distress and social and financial impacts on their families and communities.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 May 2019

Budget 2019-20 - Mental Health Facilities

In 2015 Coroner Olivia McTaggart recommended a dedicated inpatient unit be built for young people who suffer mental illness or suicidality.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 May 2019

Mental Health in Schools

The evidence before us is of incredibly high rates of anxiety, depression, stress, of suicide achieved and suicidal ideation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 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

Gender Reform Laws Must be Debated Next Week

Tasmania’s Upper House has passed nation-leading legislation that will end entrenched bureaucratic discrimination against transgender people.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 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

Mental Health Amendment Bill 2018

It sounds like it is a change that is important and needed, supported by the Mental Health Council, mental health consumers and others.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Nov 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

Vulnerable People

We have examined in some detail the Auditor-General's report which followed the allegations surrounding the for-profit provider Safe Pathways.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 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

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

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

Mental Health

It is a fair point to point the finger at this Minister, but we need to understand that it is more than just about the situation at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 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

Launceston General Hospital - Psychiatric Services

Patients presenting at the LGH with acute mental health issues will not be able to be seen by a psychiatrist or a registrar.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Aug 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 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

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

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

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

State Liberals Must Fight for Rural Alive and Well Funding

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Feb 2017

RHH Decant Leaves Psychiatric Unit Out in the Cold

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Nov 2016

Liberals Cave to Extreme Right on Safe Schools

At their State Council meeting today, the Tasmania Liberals passed a Motion to abolish the Safe Schools program.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Nov 2016

Selfie Challenge to Raise Awareness for Dementia and Alzheimer's

21 September 2016 is World Alzheimer’s Day, which includes a series of events organised by Alzheimer’s Australia.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 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

Anti-Discrimination Act Changes are Dangerous

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Sep 2016

On RUOK Day Liberals Should Rethink Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Sep 2016

Australia's Asylum Seeker Shame

Australia has been detaining asylum seekers offshore on Nauru and Manus Island under the direction of the Federal Liberal Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 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

LGBTI Issues: Ultimate Support for a Simple Life

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget Invests in Preventative Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Premier Says Eslake, TasCOSS, Anglicare Are Wrong

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

Saving Lives from Suicide

An investment of $3M to boost mental health services and a more holistic approach to identifying and supporting at-risk Tasmanians are a very good start.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Mar 2016

Mental health plan needs funds

Almost half of us are affected by a mental illness at some point in our lives, with around 60,000 Tasmanians affected each year. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Oct 2015

Mental Health Plan Welcome but Needs Funding

It’s good to see the government are serious about tackling mental health with the release of the 'Rethink Mental Health' plan today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Oct 2015

Vietnam Veterans Day

The Day was originally identified to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan in 1966, but was subsequently adopted by all veterans.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2015

White Paper Welcome but Not Enough for Tassie

The White Paper released yesterday by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture is a welcome for Tasmania on the surface.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Jul 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