Monday 27 March 2017
In Parliament, I put on record the inspiring 30 year history of the Kirketon Road Centre and its long term Director Dr Ingrid van Beek, who retires in April. Kirketon Road has been a pioneering drug and HIV service provider, leader in education and outreach to marginalised groups and remains a champion of ‘health for all’. My statement is HERE.
Visit the centre above the Darlinghurst Fire Station during the Open Day on Friday 7 April 10am-4pm, with tours of the facility and Clinic 180 in Victoria Street Potts Point. Information HERE.
Monday 20 March 2017
In Parliament, I put on record thanks to Douglas Holmes on his retirement for his longstanding work for mental health consumers at St Vincent’s Hospital, and at state and national level bodies developing policy and programs. My statement is HERE.
Tuesday 11 October 2016
The NSW Government offers small grants for local sport groups with $50,000 for each electorate: up to $2,000 for sport development, $5,000 for community sport events, $5,000 for sport access and $20,000 for facility development. Last year, funds went to the Chinese Youth League of Australia and ACCA Dragon Boat Racing Team to buy equipment, provide training and involve more participants. Apply HERE, closes 11 November.
5 October 2016
October is Mental Health Month, with events and awards, and I’m supporting the launch activities in Parliament House on Thursday. Information HERE.
You can give feedback on the NSW Mental Health Commission’s ‘Living Well Strategic Plan for Mental Health’. Take the survey HERE.
5 October 2016
Donate your unwanted working smartphone to Able Australia’s Ablelink program, which connects Braille machines to smartphones to help people with deafblindness stay socially connected and communicate with family and friends. Information HERE, and download a free reply paid postage label HERE.
13 September 2016
Get a health check during National Stroke Week 12-18 September at St Vincent’s Hospital – call for details 8382 1111. Prompt treatment for stroke is vital and you can learn about the ‘FAST’ symptom test: Face: Has their mouth drooped? Arms: Can they lift both arms? Speech: Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you? Time is critical. If you see these signs call 000. Details HERE.
There’s also a public forum on stroke rehabilitation and research at UTS Grand Hall 6pm Thursday 15 September. Details and registration HERE.
13 September 2016
Check out the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation’s Spring Carnival Bake Off Sunday 18 September at the Beresford Hotel. First prize cakes will be auctioned off to raise funds to support people living with HIV. Buy tickets and register your baking skills HERE.
30 August 2016
Join me 1pm Saturday 3 September for the annual Art from the Heart of the Cross at the Kings Cross Neighbourhood Service Centre 50 Darlinghurst Road. The exhibition features paintings, drawings and poems showcasing the creative and artistic abilities of Medically Supervised Injecting Centre clients and is open to till 17 September. RSVP: email@example.com or telephone 9360 1191.
22 August 2016
Overdose Day spreads the message with resources and tribute pages that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. The Overdose Aware app can help you to recognise overdose signs and respond to save lives. Information: www.overdoseday.com
Kirketon Road Centre has an afternoon tea 12 noon Wednesday 31 August to raise awareness and remember those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. Details: telephone 9360 2766.
15 August 2016
I’m working with Parliamentary colleagues Jo Haylen from Labor, Shayne Mallard from the Liberals and Mehreen Faruqi from the Greens to build multi-partisan support for evidence-based approaches to drug use and problems.
Our harm minimisation summit last week brought together experts and leaders like former Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery, former High Court Justice Michael Kirby, Medically Supervised Injecting Centre founding director Dr Ingrid van Beek, Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation President Dr Alex Wodak and former Premier Bob Carr to discuss the need for change. Harm minimisation was at the forefront of the 1999 Drug Summit and produced reforms that continue to save lives but law and order still dominates responses. Drugs policy must focus on preventing death and injury, encouraging those with problems to get effective help and on reducing crime.
Health workers, academics and legal experts all agreed on the need for a pill testing trial and the decriminalisation of drug use. We will push for another drug summit jointly convened by the Premier and Opposition Leader that recommends government on needed reforms.
Keep in touch with the harm minimisation campaign HERE.