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Past articles by Andrew:

'Emerging threat' would be required to reintroduce COVID mandates in Tasmania

Premier Jeremy Rockliff pointed to Tasmania's high vaccination rate and an increasingly individual approach as part of the... → Read More

COVID-era hospital funding dominates Albanese's first national cabinet

Increased federal government funding for Tasmanian hospitals will be extended until the end of the year following Anthony Albanese's first national cabinet as Prime Minister. → Read More

Emergency services rescue eight people from Mount Wellington

An experienced multi-platform journalist focusing on the issues that impact health in Tasmania. With a background in social research and public policy, health reporting for Andrew is about ensuring the best health outcomes for the Northern Tasmanian community. Contact Andrew at: or 0437 358 262 → Read More

Hospitals use of locum and agency nurses 'more expensive option'

ANMF Tasmanian secretary Emily Shepherd said while bed closures due to low staffing numbers were not an everyday... → Read More

Professor Katie Flanigan to target influenza ahead of 'severe' flu season

The study known as the VITAL Vaccine Trial focuses on the effects of influenza and vaccines on elderly... → Read More

Rockilff announces free flu vaccines, expected to curb 'deadly flu season'

The decision was made to curb a potentially "deadly flu season". → Read More

Tasmania's COVID-19 public health emergency set to end by June 30

The Tasmanian government has announced an extension to the public health emergency declaration, but indicated the declaration will come to an end next month. → Read More

AMA, ANMF, HACSU and MHCT say budget fails to address workforce issues

A budget that failed to address the workforce shortage in healthcare was the overwhelming response from unions and stakeholders following the release of Thursday's budget. → Read More

State budget allocates over $600 million for state hospital upgrades

Health spending across the state dominated the Tasmanian Budget with $11.2 billion allocated in Thursday's budget as demand for services continues to rise. → Read More

Susie Bower hopeful she can still win as Lyons battle continues

HOPEFUL: Susie Bower was still hopeful when speaking at the Longford RSL on election night. Picture: Paul Scambler With the Liberals claiming the seats of Bass and Braddon in yesterday's federal election, a tight race between the two major candidates fighting for the seat of Lyons stopped the Liberals from claiming all three Northern electorates on the day. An experienced multi-platform… → Read More

Launceston General Hospital confirms first COVID-19 outbreak since pandemic

Ward 6D has a patient capacity of about 20 beds, and has been closed to all new patients... → Read More

New paramedics inbound following record demand for Ambulance Tasmania

Ambulance Tasmania has just come off the busiest period in the organisation's history → Read More

Tasmanian energy projects receive $140 million in federal funding

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday, announced the federal government would commit $75 million to progress the Marinus... → Read More

Tasmanian energy projects receive $140 million in federal funding

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday, announced the federal government would commit $75 million to progress the Marinus... → Read More

COVID a factor in death recorded at the Launceston General Hospital

A man who died at the LGH on March 9 has been recorder as a COVID related death. → Read More

Australian Navy submarine spotted off the north coast of Tasmania

The Australian Navy confirmed the vessel was a submarine. → Read More

Second COVID death in one week as cases rise past 2000

The Northern aged care resident died on Wednesday. → Read More

Two people in intensive care as new COVID-19 cases decline

Despite the decline, the number of total active cases in the state has risen by 39 → Read More

Two people in ICU as new and active COVID-19 cases rise

The climb in new cases followed a spike in rapid antigen testing. → Read More

Government's state of the state address main focus for parliament

Member for Bass Michael Ferguson said the Premiers state of the state address was the government's first priority. → Read More