Tuesday 23 May
ASSISTED DYING BILL
I joined National, Liberal, Labor and Green colleagues to launch our public consultation bill to provide certain people who are terminally ill the right to get assistance from a doctor to end their life. After looking at the best assisted dying laws, and considering feedback from stakeholders and other parliamentary colleagues, we think the bill represents one of the most robust regimes in the world. We now want to hear further from the community to make sure we have the best bill possible to introduce in the Spring session of Parliament later this year.Read more
Tuesday 23 May
I supported a Shooters Fishers and Farmers bill to require all nursing homes with high care needs residents to have a registered nurse onsite at all times. Registered nurses can administer vital drugs for pain relief, know when to refer a patient for further medical attention and can perform life-saving procedures.Read more
Tuesday 16 May
This year’s Candlelight Memorial is on Sunday 21 May 4.30pm at the Eternity Playhouse 39 Burton Street Darlinghurst, the 19th vigil for those lost to HIV/AIDS. You can pass on names of loved ones to be read out. Details: www.candlelight.org.au.
(Joint Media Release, 16 May 2017)
The NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying (PWGAD) today released a public consultation draft of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW), bringing the Bill one step closer to being debated by the NSW Parliament.Read more
(Debate on Bill, 11 May 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I support the Public Health Amendment (Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes) Bill, which will require the presence of a registered nurse in all nursing homes that house residents needing high care across the state.
I understand that this has been the situation for 40 years however as a result of changes to federal and state laws, only nursing homes operating before the 1st of July 2014 have this requirement.Read more
Friday 21 April 2017
Heart Week 30 April to 6 May is focussed on testing and treating high blood pressure or hypertension, a major factor in heart disease. Identifying and taking action can prevent serious heart problems. Details HERE.
Friday 21 April 2017
I support the campaign to keep funding family planning and health programs within the Australian overseas aid program. Complications arising from pregnancy, childbirth and unsafe abortions kill about 830 women and girls in developing countries each day. The last time the Global Gag rule was applied, abortion rates doubled where funds were cut.
Monday 3 April 2017
All insurance holders currently pay an additional levy to fund statewide fire and emergency services and from 1 July this levy will instead be collected through council rates. I supported the bill to impose the change, which was recommended by the Ken Henry tax review and the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, however I am concerned that it shifts costs to councils and that insurers may not pass on the full savings to customers. The community has not been adequately informed and I am also concerned ratepayers will get a shock when their notices arrive. The government will set up a hotline for complaints, an insurance monitor and a pensioner concession and hardship scheme.
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.