"The focus in Lyons still health and jobs" - Brighton Community News

IT is an honour every day to be the Federal Member for Lyons,and I recently had the privilege of securing reendorsement to run again as Labor’s candidate at the next election, due by May next year.

My re-endorsement coincided almost to the day with the fifth anniversary of my first speech to the parliament.

Everything I said in that speech holds true today: most importantly, my focus continues to be on building better, more secure jobs and better access to health.

Since I’ve been your MP, I’ve been continually focusing on access to GPs, especially in our neck of the woods.

We’ve also just learned the Central Highlands is losing its GP clinic at the end of this month, meaning 1200 more Tasmanians will be looking for a doctor.

Brighton is just one example of a national exodus of regional GPs and that’s why Labor has initiated a Senate inquiry, to look atthe reasons why GPs are so reluctant to practise in the regions, and to find solutions.

What am I doing to help? For starters, you’ve probably seen my team letterboxing across Brighton in recent weeks.

We’re asking residents to share their GP experiences in a survey.

If you haven’t received yourletter, I would strongly encourage you to visit my website (www.brianmitchell.com.au/gp-survey) and participate. Every bit helps.

I have no doubt the lack of access to GPs is one of the reasons Brighton has a much lower rate of vaccination than the state average. Less than 40 per cent of locals have had two jabs compared to more than 50 per cent statewide.

I am pleased to see community pharmacies finally getting access to more vaccines for Tasmanians aged 12 and up, and I would certainly encourage as many people as possible to get vaccinated.

I also want to acknowledge the many residents who have contacted my office and spoken with my team about housing.

We have been working tirelessly to advocate on your behalf to both the State Government and the media to raise awareness and I thank all those who have come to my Bridgewater office and shared their stories and concerns.