Medical cannabis Controlled Access Scheme to open on September 1

The Hodgman Liberal Government is supporting Tasmanians to get access to medical cannabis through the Controlled Access Scheme from September 1.

The Controlled Access Scheme will mean that patients can be prescribed with unregistered medical cannabis products by an appropriately qualified, specialist doctor.
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Response to AMA Tasmania President

The Hodgman Government is committed to providing the best possible health care for all Tasmanians. Since 2014 we have been steadily working to improve the system with increased investments and the One Health System reforms which were widely consulted and strongly supported by all health organisations including the AMA. We don’t believe the system is as good as it should be. But the improvements that have been achieved need to be consolidated and built upon.
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Full funding committed for the new St Helens District Hospital

Next week’s state Budget will fund in full the $12.1 million new St Helens District Hospital.
The Hodgman Liberal Government is Building Tasmania’s Future and that includes investing in regional health facilities so local communities get the health care they deserve in facilities that are fit for purpose.
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Significant new investment in mental health

Improving our health system is a key priority of the Hodgman Liberal Government. I am very pleased to announce that the upcoming state Budget will contain more than $16 million in additional funding for the mental health sector, over and above the $11.7 million additional investment in mental health in previous Hodgman Liberal Budgets.
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14 hours ago

Michael Ferguson

Thanks Matt!

We were elected together and have been friends and colleagues in the Liberal team ever since. I count it an honour to have worked with you.

Our beautiful state has been well and truly served by you - and your family who made it possible.

Matthew Groom MPPolitics can be extremely demanding and stressful on family life, and I am sure all Tasmanians will understand Matthew Groom MP's decision to leave the political arena at the next state election. On behalf of the Parliamentary Liberal team, we thank Matt for being an important and valuable member of the Tasmanian Liberal team over the last 8 years.
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Thanks Matt!We were elected together and have been friends and colleagues in the Liberal team ever since.  I count it an honour to have worked with you.Our beautiful state has been well and truly served by you - and your family who made it possible.Matthew Groom MP

1 day ago

Michael Ferguson

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I'm immensely grateful in my role as Minister for Health to launch Mental Health Week 2017 (which occurs October 8-14). The theme for the week this year is “Stronger Together”, which I think is just great.

Stronger Together speaks to the very essence of what we are aiming to achieve as a community. It is also a week to remember that looking after our own mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. Also, there are things we can all do to help others on their journey.

You can visit the Mental Health Council of Tasmania’s website to view the full program of events taking place www.mhct.org/mentalhealthweek

PICS: I was honoured to be invited to help place the aboriginal bark canoe with the burning leaves into the fountain. I've never been asked to do that but I could tell that it recognised a part of Aboriginal culture that is important to the community. The puzzle pieces were distributed amongst the guests at the launch. We all have things that we can bring to solve the mental health puzzle, and we need to work together.
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