Health

Richard Di Natale is the Greens spokesperson for health. The Greens believe that everyone has the right to timely, quality health care.

Senator Di Natale’s work in this area is focused on primary health care and preventative health care, and working towards a health system focussed on individual and social wellbeing.

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Morrison’s approach to drugs is dangerous: Greens

28 Aug 2015

Australian Greens Leader and Health spokesperson Dr Richard Di Natale today slammed Minister Morrison’s suggestion that drug use cannot be dealt with as health issue.

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Richard Di Natale speaks about the need for drug law reform

19 Aug 2015

On 7 April, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the establishment of a new Task Force to identify more effective responses to the drug crystal methamphetamine, commonly referred to as "ice". In response former Victorian Chief Police Commissioner Ken Lay who has been appointed to chair the task force said that Australia - and I quote, can't "arrest its way" out of the ice epidemic, a sentiment echoed by a number of retired and serving police chiefs.

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Senate Committee unanimously endorses medicinal cannabis bill

11 Aug 2015

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee unanimously recommended today that the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill be passed into law. The bill was introduced by Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale and co-sponsored by Senator Ian McDonald, Senator Anne Urquhart and Senator David Leyonhjelm.

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Top Five things Richard has learnt in Portugal

23 Jul 2015

Richard is in Portugal on a study tour to investigate the way in which Portugal has reduced its heroin addicted population by implementing genuine drug law reform -- and it couldn’t be more different to Australia. 

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Healthier climate means healthier people: Lancet

23 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens have welcomed a report in The Lancet medical journal, which highlights the huge opportunity to improve public health through action on global warming.

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Greens welcome Medicare review

22 Apr 2015

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today welcomed the government’s announced reviews of the Medicare Benefits Schedule and primary health care.

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Australia must re-invest in Ebola-affected region

21 Apr 2015

Australian Greens health spokesperson and public health specialist, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that while the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has stabilised, Australia should not be reducing our contribution to the area.

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Abbott holding our health to ransom

16 Apr 2015

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today responded to the Australian Medical Association’s damning public hospital report card.

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Ice taskforce must focus on prevention, harm reduction and treatment

08 Apr 2015

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former drug and alcohol clinician, Dr Richard Di Natale, today called for the new taskforce on ice to focus its attention on prevention, harm reduction and treatment rather than tougher law enforcement.

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Greens renew call for Clean Air Act

02 Apr 2015

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale has applauded environment groups across Australia on their continued campaign for an independent regulator to enforce national air pollution standards.

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