(Bill Consideration in Detail, 13 September 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
The Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill makes a number of amendments to laws surrounding public health following the statutory review of the Public Health Act 2010.
My contribution will focus on changes to the state’s response to sexually transmitted infections on which the bill takes both forward and regressive steps.
Tuesday 29 August 2017
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in the Sydney electorate in July and will have a huge impact on people living with disability. St Vincent de Paul Local Area Coordinators will meet consumers and then develop individual plans that lead to funding. Plans should go beyond disability support services to include support for contributing in the community. I’m concerned that vulnerable people with disability should have an advocate to help make their plan fit their needs and priorities. You can get independent information and links to local advocates from IDEAS: www.ideas.org.au or learn through My Choice Matters: www.mychoicematters.org.au.Read more
Monday 21 August 2017
The government’s cannabis scheme provides no guarantees that very sick people can get the best treatment they need: many serious conditions are excluded, patients and carers still risk being charged and there is no provision for supply. In Parliament, I supported a Labor bill for a scheme that would ensure people with a terminal illness or a serious medical condition can access cannabis products without criminal liability. My speech is HERE.Read more
Tuesday 15 August 2017
You can make submissions to the review into seclusion, restraint and observation of people with a mental illness or attend a consultation meeting to have your say. The Sydney CBD meeting is Wednesday 16 August 5-7pm at Mercure Sydney 818-820 George Street Ultimo. Feedback is due 24 September. Information HERE.
(Debate on Bill, Thursday 10 August 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill is much-needed legislation which will ensure that people with a terminal illness or a serious medical condition can access cannabis products without being criminally liable. Medical evidence shows, and people continue to report, that cannabis can increase the quality of life of people with serious medical concerns and produce better outcomes with fewer symptoms than pharmaceuticals. Cannabis can be used to reduce pain, nausea, muscle spasms and seizures and to improve hunger in the management of conditions like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stiff person syndrome, Crohn's disease and cancer, including problems associated with chemotherapy.Read more
Tuesday 18 July 2017
Everyone is welcome to honour the memory of those who have died from drug overdoses at the remembrance ceremony Friday 21 July 1pm at Lawrence Hargrave Reserve Potts Point, with afternoon tea to follow. Information: Sarah Hiley, telephone 9360 1191 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday 4 July 2017
Mental Health Month is in October and you can nominate to recognise people or groups for their excellent work at NSW Parliament. There are small grants of $500 or $1,000 to run projects including specific categories for work with young people, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, Aboriginal people and LGBTI community. Nominations close 31 July. Detailshttp://mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/nomination/Read more
Tuesday 4 June
I’m holding a forum about our draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 5.30 for 6pm Thursday 13 July in the NSW Parliament Theatrette. Speakers include The Hon Trevor Khan MLC, President of NSW Dying with Dignity Sarah Edelman and City of Sydney Councillor Linda Scott. RSVP here:www.alexgreenwich.com/voluntary_assisted_dying_forumRead more
Monday 19 June 2017
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) starts in the Sydney electorate from 1 July, with people who use NSW specialist disability services and Commonwealth disability programs moving into the new scheme first. Existing support services will continue until the NDIS takes over. New applicants for NDIS support won’t be able to apply until 1 July 2018 unless there are urgent or exceptional circumstances. The NDIS aims to provide individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers based on a care plan. There are information sessions on Monday 26 June at 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay, at 10.30am-12.30pm and 5-7pm. Details HERE or phone 1800 800 110.
Tuesday 14 June 2017
Neil Pennock continues his fundraising campaign in memory of partner Trace Richey to build a new Bone Marrow Transplant Ward in St Vincent’s Hospital, with a bit over $50,000 needed to reach the $300,000 target. Join the team entering the City2Surf Sunday 13 August, HERE and the fundraising campaign HERE.