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Health Board Independence Threatened Again

by Ted Sorensen
The independence of local Health and Hospital Boards is under threat again after the Health Minister played coy when answering a question about union membership during Parliament Question Time today. In response to a question from the Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle, the Health Minister Cameron Dick ruled out personally directing union members to be nominated on independent Hospital Boards however fell short in clarifying if such a directive came from elsewhere. Mr McArdle said this is a slippery approach by Minister Dick as such a direction could have been communicated by the Government to such officers of his department. […]

Grieving parents to receive recognition

by Ted Sorensen
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Grieving parents to receive recognition Parents who have experienced a tragic early pregnancy loss will be able to honour the memory of their little one with a new commemorative certificate, issued by the registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the In Loving Memory certificates were designed to provide grieving families with comfort. “Losing a child before you can even meet them or hold them is heartbreaking for a mum and dad and, until now, there’s been nothing in Queensland to acknowledge that these precious lives ever existed,” Mr Bleijie said. “One in […]

New tech means fire trucks & ambos can turn red lights green in an emergency.

by Ted Sorensen
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EVP Turns Lights from Red To Green For Faster Emergency Services Response Times. New tech means fire trucks & ambos can turn red lights green in an emergency. Find out more: http://youtu.be/JtlN6ZM7bac

Hervey Bay clubs score funding to Get Playing

by Ted Sorensen
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Hervey Bay clubs score funding to Get Playing Christmas has come early for two Hervey Bay sport and recreation clubs with the third round of the Get Playing grants program wrapping up for the year. Get Playing forms part of the Queensland Government’s $68 million Get in the Game initiative, and provides sport and recreation clubs with better facilities. Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen said the local clubs had shared in more than $11.4 million worth of funding, approved to almost 140 clubs statewide under the latest round. “Sport and recreation clubs are an integral part of this community […]

Demand for Get Started vouchers remains strong

by Ted Sorensen
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Demand for Get Started vouchers remains strong Queensland families are now finding it easier to get active, thanks to the Newman Government’s Get Started program. Get Started provides kids who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from joining a sport or recreation club with vouchers of up to $150 to help with club membership and/or participation fees. Ted Sorensen, Member for Hervey Bay said the latest round of the Get Started program would help more than 13,500 children and young people join a sport or recreation club state-wide.” “Round four of Get Started has received a great response, with […]

LNP OPTHALMOLOGY BLITZ

by Ted Sorensen
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Queensland LNP Ophthalmology Blitz The Premier and Health Minister have announced a $23.4 million blitz on the long wait lists for eye surgery across Queensland. Under the LNP's ophthalmology blitz nearly 8,000  Queenslanders who have been on the long wait list will benefit from receiving an appointment. Similar programs initiated by the LNP Government have cleared the cochlear waiting list and provided dental treatment to over 60,000 Queenslanders waiting too long for dental care. The LNP's strong plan to revitalise frontline health services is once again delivering improved access to health services for Queensland families. LNP OPTHALMOLOGY BLITZ Cairns & […]

Front Line Health Facts

by Ted Sorensen
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Front Line Wide Bay Health Region Results . . . The Queensland Government has released the latest front line figures on waiting lists for Wide Bay patients. Please click on the images to view full size.                        

Premier Launches Queenslanders’ 30 Year Vision in Hervey Bay

by Ted Sorensen
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THE QUEENSLAND PLAN Hervey Bay’s future prosperity took a step forward today with the release of The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’ 30-year vision. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said Queenslanders had spoken loud and clear in The Queensland Plan saying that the economy, education and the regions were the keys to a vibrant and prosperous state. Ted said the plan reflected a range of community aspirations and would play a key role in helping unite business, industry, community and government activities right across the state. “The Queensland Plan is the result of the largest community engagement activity of its kind […]

EVEN MORE RED TAPE SLASHED…TMR provides speedy customer service

by Ted Sorensen
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Renewing your driver’s licence at a Transport and Main Roads centre is quicker and easier according to latest Queensland Government Quarterly Update results.  Five minutes had been shaved off the average wait times at TMR Customer Service Centres in the past two years as part of our election promise to revitalise front line services.  Under our government Queenslanders are waiting less to access simple services like renewing a drivers’ licence or paying car registration.  In two years we have turned around Labor’s poor record on customer service wait times by almost 40 per cent.  We are providing a quicker service […]

Queensland’s Youth Strategy latest news…

by Ted Sorensen
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Check out this website for an important update to the government’s strategy.   http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/communityservices/youth/queensland-youth-strategy-connecting-young-queenslanders

Better care for Queensland’s sickest children

by Ted Sorensen
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 Kids with complex health needs will have better access to specialists from today with the announcement of a statewide care team that will help families across Queensland. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the new Connected Care Program aimed to improve access to quality care for every young person regardless of where they lived, and delivered on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services.  “This key initiative of Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service’s expanded statewide role will ensure a child’s care is managed seamlessly across acute, community and primary healthcare sectors,” Mr Springborg said.  “Streamlining care will […]

Building industry to benefit from cuts to red tape

by Ted Sorensen
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 The State’s construction industry has received a boost, with new legislation making it easier, quicker and more cost-effective to connect to the water and sewerage system.  Water Supply Mark McArdle said the Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Act will help speed up and simplify development approvals for building projects of all sizes.  “We promised at the election to grow construction as one of the four pillars of the economy and to cut red tape and these reforms deliver,” Mr McArdle said.  “Under the previous Labor government, water and sewerage connections in south east Queensland had to be approved by the […]