Colleen Hartland Speech in parliament - while supporting new emergency management governance arrangements, Colleen Hartland has called for the inspector-general for emergency management to be independent, so there is proper accountability in preparation, response and recovery from disasters and there is transparency about successes and shortfalls of governance arrangements. The Government voted against this reform.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—I rise today to make a contribution to the debate on the Emergency Management Bill 2013. I would also like to start by recognising the amazing work of our firefighters, both career and volunteer, and the state emergency services and police for their dedication and the hard work they put in on the ground every day to protect those who find themselves in the midst of a disaster or an emergency. To say they do a fantastic job feels like an understatement, because I do not know whether I could manage to do the kind of work they do.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) — I move:
That this house requires the Leader of the Government to table in the Legislative Council by Tuesday, 17 September, a copy of documents detailing the Country Fire Authority and the Victorian WorkCover Authority actuarial assessment and cost estimates to provide compensation for Victoria’s firefighters injured or deceased as a result of exposure to carcinogens on the job.
I will speak only very briefly on this motion. As we are all well aware, our firefighters put themselves on the line to protect the community. In doing their job they are exposed to toxic chemicals and smoke. As a result, firefighters are 5 to 10 times more at risk of developing certain cancers and more than 2 to 3 times more likely to get lung cancer than a smoker.
The Greens motion to expand the public hospital homebirth service, including a commitment to fund start-up costs in the next State budget, passed through state parliament today.
"This is great news for mothers-to-be across Victoria. The Greens will hold this government to account on their commitment today to ensure that many families will be able to access homebirth services through their local public hospital," said Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
"Despite overwhelming evidence to support and expand the homebirth program, the government has been delaying for 18 months on this important women's health issue."
"The Health Minister was advised of the success of the trial homebirth programs at Sunshine and Casey hospitals in June 2012."
"Today's motion means that we're going to see some real progress and soon women will be accessing this expanded maternity service."
Colleen Hartland motioned the Government to fund the start up costs of homebirth programs in next year's budget and provide state-wide guidelines to hospitals to implement the program. Based on the overwhelming evidence for the programs, the Government was forced to support the motion
Hansard transcript: Colleen Hartland — I move: That this house calls on the Minister for Health, Mr David Davis, MLC, to, as soon as feasible, take the necessary steps to expand public hospital homebirth services including—
(1) committing to fund start-up costs of homebirth programs to hospitals providing maternity services in the next state budget;
(2) developing statewide guidelines and information for health services implementing homebirth services;
(3) developing systems to prospectively collect costing data; and
(4) supporting further research into the safety of homebirth programs and research to compare clinical outcome data associated with low-risk births in different birth settings.
Today,Greens MP Colleen Hartland stood up in question time and called on Matthew Guy, the Minister for Planning, to meet with Moonee Valley City Council. The Minister has agreed to meet with Council.
Council has requested an urgent meeting with state Planning Minister Matthew Guy to discuss potential social, economic and environmental implications of the $8 billion project. Councillor Jim Cusack said the city would be faced with more cars, pollution and flyovers in its neighbourhoods.
Colleen Hartland questions the Minister for Health about when collaborative arrangements for private midwives to work in public hospitals will be released
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—My question today is for the Minister for Health. In 2011 the Department of Health asked the Royal Women’s Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Mercy Hospital for Women to develop a framework for collaborative arrangements between Victorian public hospitals and eligible midwives. These arrangements would allow for the provision of private midwifery services in public hospitals so that labouring women can receive care from their chosen midwife private practitioner if or when they are admitted to hospital. The draft framework was provided to the department in 2012, and after review the final draft was provided to the minister in February this year. My question for the minister is: when will the framework be made public, and when will private midwives have appropriate formal arrangements with hospitals to improve the continuity of care that is provided to labouring women?
Colleen Hartland questions the Minister for Health about when he will expand public hospital homebirth programs
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—My question today is for the Minister for Health. I understand that in response to an independent evaluation of the homebirth pilot program at Casey Hospital and Sunshine Hospital, the Department of Health summary report, released in March this year, indicated that the Minister for Health has sought advice from the Perinatal Service Advisory Committee on the implementation and expansion of publicly funded homebirthing options in Victoria. My question for the minister is: has advice been received on this matter and if so, what was advised with respect to the expansion of publicly funded hospital-supported homebirthing options in Victoria?
Colleen Hartland questions Minister about arrangments for private midwives to work in public hospitals when homebirthing women have to be tranferred into hosptial
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—My question is to the Minister for Health. In recent days, Eligible Midwives and Collaborative Arrangements— An Implementation Framework for Victorian Public Health Services was released. To my surprise, the government stated that the framework does not apply to women planning a homebirth who are seeking backup arrangements should they require transfer to a public hospital. A smooth and organised transition to hospital with continuity of care from the primary midwife from home to hospital is very important for the safety and reassurance of the mother and baby. When will the minister provide an implementation framework for collaborative arrangements between private midwives and public hospitals for homebirthing mothers?
Colleen Hartland - Speech in parliament. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at a Plastic Bag Free Yarraville Village event. Plastic Bag Free Yarraville Village is a fantastic little campaign being run by local community members. It is great to see community members taking responsibility and acting to make their neighbourhood a better place. The campaign aims to change Yarraville Village’s ‘bag habits’ by becoming a plastic bag-free community. They aim to achieve this through engaging and educating local schools, traders and community groups. They have been running a petition and have released a Yarraville Village calico bag, the design being that of the winner of a local competition created by the group.
Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson Colleen Hartland has announced that The Greens will seek to end Victorian Government toxic tobacco investments.
Yesterday the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation announced that they will no longer invest in tobacco companies. The Future Fund’s did the same in February this year.
“I am putting the Victorian Funds Management Corporation on notice. If they don’t voluntarily divest from tobacco I will introduce a bill early next year to force them to do it,” said Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
"The bill will amend the Victorian Funds Management Corporation Act to prohibit the Victorian Government from investing in Tobacco companies."