Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Health Matters

WA Labor to establish a Disability Housing Taskforce

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will establish a Disability Housing Strategy Development Taskforce to identify long term solutions to provide a greater diversity of housing models for people with a disability, Shadow Minister for Disability Services Sue Ellery said today.

Ms Ellery said affordable, accessible and diverse housing options will make a real difference for Western Australians living with a disability.

WA Labor announces its 10-point plan for State's mental health system

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will make reforming the State's mental health system a priority and ensure people with mental illness receive the support and services they need, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor has a 10-point plan to tackle some of the key problems, including the practical step of providing 50 extra community liaison officers and building a $95million mental health facility at Joondalup Health Campus.

"Our State's mental health system is failing some of our most vulnerable people," Mr McGowan said.

WA Labor to build $95million mental health facility at Joondalup Health Campus

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will invest $95million to build a 100-bed mental health facility at Joondalup and grow Joondalup Health Campus into a tertiary hospital, Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook said today.

Mr Cook said this would include a 20-bed mental health facility for youths living in the northern suburbs.

More facilities and reform for mental health

Liberal Statement

Two new step-up, step-down facilities will be built in regional Western Australia to support people with mental illness under the Liberal Government’s mental health plan.

Minister for Mental Health Helen Morton said $6.2million would be allocated to build and a further $2.8million per year to operate, two new step-up step-down facilities in Bunbury and Karratha.

WA Labor allocates $100m to tackle cancer

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will allocate $100million over four years to provide more doctors, nurses and research to tackle cancer, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor’s package will include allocations of $45million for more cancer staff, $40million for medical research, $10million for asbestos-related cancer prevention and $5million to help low income earners with cancer related travel.

WA Labor’s plan to slash hospital waitlists

Labor Statement

A McGowan Government will invest $45million over three years to reduce the current waiting list of 15,994 people by providing an additional 8,300 elective surgeries, WA Labor Leader McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said this investment will mean hospitals can perform an additional 8,300 elective surgeries, which is nearly half the current waitlist, and employ an extra 200 nurses.

Support the WA Nurses Strike

Socialist Alliance

The 10,000 nurses and midwives involved in industrial action across Western Australia have been threatened with disciplinary action and deregistration by the state’s Director General if they go ahead with a planned 24 hour strike on Monday. The industrial dispute, which for the first time in 12 years has seen the closure of beds across the state’s public hospitals, is set to intensify in the coming week as the State Government continues to ignore nurses’ demands on wages and conditions.

WA Labor willing to sit down with Mr Barnett and nurses to prevent hospital chaos

Labor Statement

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan has offered to facilitate talks between the warring Barnett Government and Western Australian nurses in a bid to end ongoing industrial action.

Mr McGowan said Premier Colin Barnett should stop using the Caretaker Conventions as an excuse for not negotiating with the nurses.

Asbestos - a problem not going away

Asbestos is a problem that is not going away for Western Australia.

Work at the Burswood Peninsula has highlighted the problesm of Asbestos that remains in WA.

WA Labor’s plan to recognise and support the State’s 310,000 carers

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will develop a whole of Government strategic plan for the State's 310,000 carers to ensure they get the support and recognition they deserve, Shadow Minister for Community Services Sue Ellery said today.

Ms Ellery said Western Australia's growing ageing population, along with an increasing numbers of Western Australians with complex health and social needs, meant it was important to maximise the support and assistance that all government agencies provided to informal friend and family carers.

WA's health system ailing under Barnett Government

Labor Statement

Colin Barnett's plan to increase funding for medical research will do nothing to ease the immediate pressure on Western Australia's health system, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"Mr Barnett's focus on the wrong priorities, like the Elizabeth Quay development and his $27million palace, has come at the expense of the investment needed to ensure Western Australia has a world class health system," Mr McGowan said.

Pre-election push by peak body for a WA Minister for Ageing

source Aged and Community Services WA

As the State election campaign ramps up, the leading representative body for the not-for-profit aged and community care sector in Western Australia is calling on the newly elected government to appoint a Minister for Ageing to prioritise aged care issues.

Aged and Community Services WA (ACSWA) has developed a briefing paper outlining the inadequacies of the current aged care system, impacted by the State’s size, remoteness and unique circumstances, and is calling for a dedicated and well-resourced Ministerial appointment to assist in placing the sector on a sustainable footing.

Health impact justifies renewable energy

source: Greens candidate Dr George Crisp

All of our activities and industries have differing, sometimes complex, health consequences. A striking example is in electricity generation, where ‘renewables’ and fossil fuel combustion have markedly contrasting implications for our health, now and in the future.

Along with the undoubted health and social benefits derived from accessible and available electricity, there are also inherent, often unrecognised or unaccounted, adverse effects from these same energy generation processes.

Greens call for action on no-fault insurance scheme as stepping stone to NDIS

Greens Statement

WA has already missed out on the early rollout of launch sites for the NDIS because of inaction by the Barnett Government including its failure to set up a no-fault insurance scheme.

Health check for every pre-primary child

Liberal Statement

A re-elected Liberal Government will appoint an additional 155 full-time equivalent (FTE) school nurses to provide health care to WA’s school-aged children, Premier Colin Barnett said today.

Mr Barnett said the $57.2million investment would improve access to health care for children who need it most, and guarantee children access to a health assessment upon starting school.

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