Congratulations to Sue Leitch and Amanda French who were recognised as inspirational and aspiring leaders in our industry at the International Women’s Day awards luncheon on Friday 6 March 2020.
The Community Innovation and Investment Project (CIIP) is a collaborative approach between TasCOSS, Tasmanian communities, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) and the State Government. A partnership enabling community voice and community change across four Tasmanian communities: Derwent Valley, South East, Break O’Day and West Coast.
We need the right investment now from government to open up opportunities for all Tasmanians to prosper. And we need the right policy settings and systems to make that happen. For Tasmania to thrive long-term, we need governments at every level to clear the path, not build obstacles.
The announcement that the Federal Government will move to waive all Robodebts was a significant advocacy win for TasCOSS, the COSS Network and many other allies and supporters across the industry.
By their very nature, Tasmanians are supportive of those in need and the state benefits from a robust community services sector. But the coming months will be a challenging time for all, writes Simone Zell.
Right now in our state thousands of Tasmanians can’t access Australia’s universal health care system when they are sick. TasCOSS calls on our State Government to fulfill its core duty of care to Tasmanians by resetting access to basic health care services available to Tasmanians in our communities.
Every day we hear stories of the health system failing — bed block, overcrowded emergency departments and problems with culture and relationships between the bureaucracy and clinicians. What we don’t see on the front page are long-term outcomes of the gathering failure of our healthcare system — long-term outcomes like the median age of death in our most disadvantaged neighbourhood being 66, compared to 84 in the most advantaged neighbourhood.
Our definition of economic success should be inclusive growth that benefits all Tasmanians, not just growth that assumes growth alone will achieve a better life for all. As we consistently measure up well in the national rankings economically, now is the time to turn our focus to how we ensure the growth is sustainable beyond the traditional cycles we have previously seen.
Kym Goodes says reducing entrenched, generational poverty requires leadership.
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