AMBULANCE SLOWDOWN A DANGEROUS SIGN OF STRUGGLING SYSTEM

I had a conversation recently with a very concerned community member whom was the first person to arrive at a significant two-vehicle collision in northern Tasmania where three people were trapped. Continue reading

Each week new horror stories emerge from our health system

Gone are the halcyon days when my grandmother would pick the best flowers from her garden and march them into the doctor’s office. “These are for you, to say thank you for taking care of my family,” she would say. Continue reading

Become a Demenita Friend

I know the impact dementia has on people's lives - I've seen it first hand in my own family.  My mother and father in -law lived with dementia and my brother in-law with younger onset dementia. Continue reading

I CHOOSE CHANGE

A simple message of respect by Jakson Elfring posted on his Facebook page in July, has been viewed over 2.2 million times and shared over 59 thousand times. Jakson a tradie from rural Victoria, a husband and father of two boys posted the heartfelt message of respect for one another - particularly towards women, after numerous reports of assaults on women in his community. Continue reading

CHALLENGING LONG HELD VIEWS ON RETIREMENT

I recently met with Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney who believes we should never retire simply because of age... Continue reading

BRING POLITICS BACK TO THE CENTRE

My grandson recently asked me what politics is “really about”. Continue reading

WE NEED TO PUT TAFE BACK ON THE AGENDA

The world is changing at an ever increasing rate and young people are being left behind in every sense of the word. Continue reading

HOMELESS OLDER WOMEN FORGOTTEN

Domestic violence, wage inequality, financial dependence and lack of superannuation are all key drivers for homelessness of women of all ages. Continue reading

EUTHANASIA: RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF WHAT'S RIGHT

All too often I am told that older Australians are made by society to feel like a burden. A big part of this stems from our obsession with maintaining our youth; wherever we go we are faced with glossy magazines, television commercials and beauty products that position ageing as something to avoid Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS

We’re making progress when it comes to domestic violence. Continue reading