“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.
Victorian Greens spokesperson on emergency services Colleen Hartland has today called on the Premier to support The Greens Fair Protection for Firefighters Laws, or introduce their own as firefighters are exposed to toxic chemicals and smoke yet again.
"Firefighters go into fire zones while everyone else gets as far away as they can," said Colleen Hartland.
"We're very pleased to see all citizens safe today. However, the health of firefighters battling today's fire is far from safe."
"The Wells Road fire is a large and serious toxic fire. Though it's important to remember that every house and structure fire that firefighters face also contain toxic chemicals and smoke."