Mental Health Week

This Mental Health Week’s theme is ‘Stronger Together’ and it is a reminder of how we can support each other through inclusivity and understanding.

The aims of the week are to:

-raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing
-reduce stigma
-build resilience and foster understanding
-support wellbeing and self-care by promoting ways to maintain our mental health
-encourage individuals to seek help when they may need it

Please check out the wide variety of events happening across Tasmania at: https://www.mhct.org/events/

Visit to Tasmanian Distillery

Just visited the fantastic Old Kempton Distillery – one of 40 distilleries in Tasmania. Tasmanian whisky is gaining a global reputation for its quality and is attracting new visitors to our state. This is great for our regional economy. Old Kempton Distillery on its own employs 16 locals.

Thanks to James and the crew for their hospitality. If you’re a fan of whisky (or other spirits) and you’re traveling down the Midland Highway why not drop in and pay them a visit? And if you’re not a fan of whisky the scones and coffee are pretty good too.

Childhood Educators Fight for Fair Pay

Early childhood educators walked off the job today and rallied for equal pay. Workers in early childhood education, a female-dominated industry, receive around 30% less pay than male dominated industries with similar skills.

As a former early childhood educator, former union official and now a Senator I have campaigned for better pay and conditions for early childhood educators for about thirty years.

I congratulate United Voice for continuing the fight for equal pay with this campaign. A Labor Government will make sure our industrial relations system has the power to fix the pay gap and ensure women are able to participate in the workforce on equal terms with men.

Meeting with RESULTS AU

While Tuberculosis (TB) infections are at low levels in Australia, around 10.4 million people are still diagnosed with the disease worldwide each year.

Tragically, 200 people die every hour from TB around the world. That’s one every 18 seconds.

These deaths are avoidable and unacceptable.

We need to invest in preventing and treating TB, and this is the time to do so.

Better research and treatment options need to become available, particularly for those with drug resistant TB which need to take up to 14,600 toxic pills over 18 months to successfully treat the disease. If you laid these pills end to end they will stretch to almost twice the height of the Sydney Harbour bridge.

It was great to meet with members of @RESULTSAU who are working to eradicate TB and poverty more generally.
#endtb

Walk4BrainCancer Tasmania 2018

It’s on again!

The 5th annual Walk4BrainCancer Tasmania will start at Dru Point Bicentennial Park at midday on Sunday, 4 November 2018.

Get your walking shoes on for an inspirational 2km walk along the shores of North West Bay and raise vital funds for Cure Brain Cancer.

There will be merchandise for sale, musical entertainment, a sausage sizzle and a raffle.

Register online at https://www.walk4braincancer.com.au/…/129/w4bc-tasmania-2018 and encourage your friends and family to sponsor you. Every dollar counts!

Help us to improve the survival rates of a disease which kills more Australian children than any other.

https://www.facebook.com/events/189327905248964/

His Royal Highness Prince Edward Visits Schools in Southern Tasmania

Thanks to St Aloysius Catholic College for the invitation to attend His Royal Highness Prince Edward’s visit to acknowledge the work of schools and volunteers who are delivering the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Southern Tasmania.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award promotes youth personal development through participation in community service, physical activity, expedition and skills.

Lovely to catch up with students and teachers from St Aloysius Catholic College, Fahan School Hobart Australia, Southern Christian College, Huonville High School and other groups.

Blackmans Bay Primary School Leavers Assembly

Always a pleasure to attend the end of year/Grade 6 leavers assembly at my children’s old school – Blackmans Bay Primary.
Awards recognising an astounding array of skills and talent across the board were plentiful. Best of luck for the future to all and a safe and happy Christmas to the whole school community.
That’s the last school assembly for me for 2017!