Author: Rhiana Whitson

The Tasmanian Health Service weighs sending patients to a nursing home, as it scrambles to alleviate pressure on the Royal Hobart Hospital before flu season hits. Read more: 'We have used every bed available': Hospital buckles under flu season pressure Source: ABC News

A lockable fenced play area for teenagers with autism at a Hobart high school is “akin to Risdon jail’s freedom areas”, one parent says, with Tasmanian education authorities saying alterations are being considered. Read more: 'Taking away their humanity': School criticised over fenced area for students with autism Source: ABC News

Tasmanian doctors are concerned vital components of the troubled Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment might not be in place for up to three decades. Read more: Hospital redevelopment review won't cure care problems, doctors say Source: ABC News

Tasmania could become the first state in Australia to introduce pill testing, with the push gaining support from a maverick Liberal MP and the Dark Mofo festival, which may go it alone to offer a testing service. Read more: Pill testing a step closer in Tasmania, as Liberal MP signals support for trial Source: ABC […]

Child protection workers are unable to deal with a blowout in the number of cases being reported in Tasmania and vulnerable kids are not getting the help they need, unions say. Read more: Leaked child protection figures show quadrupling of at-risk kids in Tasmania in past year Source: ABC News

A letter to the staff at the The University of Tasmania describes an academic who died at the weekend as a “highly regarded academic and teacher”. Read more: 'Highly regarded' UTAS academic named as victim of alleged one-punch attack Source: ABC News

Months after images of mental health patients sleeping on the floor of the Royal Hobart Hospital emergency department shocked Tasmanians, it is revealed the psychiatric ward has been full to capacity on all but two days of this year. Read more: Mental health ward full, senior doctor doubts 'home treatment' plan will ease pressure Source: […]

Tasmania’s children’s commissioner wants to put an end to the “routine” strip searches of minors in youth detention after 203 were conducted in three months last year. Read more: Tasmanian youth detainees had 203 strip searches over three months — nothing illegal was found Source: ABC News

Staff shortages at the only facility dedicated to caring for elderly people with mental illness have forced it to turn away new admissions, the ABC reveals, with Tasmania’s health union blaming a wage freeze for the lack of nurses across the industry. Read more: Mental health care at state's only facility 'severely compromised', ABC understands […]

The woman at the centre of allegations involving Tasmania Liberal politician Rene Hidding says the handling of her complaint by the police and Premier’s office should be investigated. Read more: Hidding accuser calls for probe into Premier's office's handling of allegations Source: ABC News


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