The Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland has accused the government of playing politics with people's health by delaying smokefree health reforms by two years.
"We know banning smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas works to reduce smoking and Victoria is the only state that has not already made it law," said Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
"The government’s refusal to support the Greens smokefree bill*, and now announcing their own plan, is playing politics with people's health. This political game playing has delayed this important health reform by two years."
“With today’s busy lifestyles we are eating more fast-food every week, but we have no idea of the energy content of the food and what it might do to our waste line or to our risk of contracting diabetes,” said Victorian Greens health spokesperson, Colleen Hartland.
The Greens are calling for redevelopment of the Footscray Emergency and Inpatient precinct following the National Health Performance Authority report found it to be the worse performing emergency department in Victoria and the second worst in Australia.
"It's a disgrace that Footscray is the worst-performing hospital in Victoria and the second worst in Australia for emergency department wait times*," said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"Not only is Footscray not keeping up with demand, but the aged infrastructure is at the end of it's useable life."
"Regardless of how fantastic nurses and doctors are, the hospital infrastructure limits their ability to deliver healthcare. Some emergency consultation cubicles are too small and cannot be used, for example."
Colleen Hartland - Questions the Minister on the future of National Partnership public health projects. My question is to the Minister for Health. The federal coalition government has announced that it will terminate the national partnership agreement on preventive health effective from July this year. This agreement was to provide $236 million in 2014–15 for initiatives such as community-based healthy lifestyle programs, promoting physical activity and healthy eating for children, health promotion in workplaces and much more. These programs, as the minister would know, are critical for reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases.
Can the minister clarify how much the Victorian government stands to lose from the termination and whether the government will be digging into its surplus to fund the ongoing delivery of these critical programs?
Western Suburbs Greens MP Colleen Hartland has slammed the Abbott Government’s $7 GP fee as a vicious attack on public healthcare, and is deeply concerned that Melbourne’s west will be most affected.
National Health Performance Authority data shows that the South Western Melbourne Medicare Local area had the highest GP bulk-billed visits in 2012-13 at 91 per cent. This includes Hobsons Bay and Wyndham.
In north-west Melbourne (including Footscray and Sunshine), 89 per cent of patients were bulk billed – the equal third highest rate of bulk-billing in the State*.
“Melbourne’s west will be amongst the worst affected places by the Abbott Government’s new $7 GP fee,” said Colleen Hartland.