As Chairman of the House of Representatives Health Committee I take a major interest in health issues and policy at a national and local level.
I have been involved with the Health Committee since 2008 during which time I have initiated a number of inquiries into matters raised by constituents in the Swan electorate. I am always keen to get your input and hear your ideas and suggestions for health policy areas which need investigating.
Two recent issues we have investigated that were raised by constituents include investigations into youth suicide and Adhesive Arachnoiditis.
I am particularly keen to see practical action result from Committee reports and inquiries and to see recommendations not only taken up by the Government of the day, but individual members of Parliament in their electorates. A couple of ways we have put recommendations into actions on the ground in Swan is through the successful Belmont Healthy Communities Program, an idea which came out of the obesity Inquiry, and the First Aid in Burns campaign I rolled out in the electorate with the support of Fiona Stanley and the local fire department.
The Committee is currently undertaking an Inquiry into Skin Cancer and you can learn more about this Inquiry on the Committee’s website and in the information below.
Current Inquiry – Skin Cancer
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world with skin cancers accounting for almost 80 per cent of all new cancers diagnosed. Two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, and almost 2000 Australians die of skin cancer each year.
The Standing Committee on Health will inquire into melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers and report on:
- Options to improve implementation of evidence-based best practice treatment and management
- Strategies to enhance early diagnosis
- Effective strategies for prevention
- The need to increase levels of awareness in the community and among healthcare professionals