I believe that we are entering a new era of changes, away from the old organised and tribal mainstream politics and into real diversity in political ideas including respectful debates. We need parliamentarians who put the interests of the community ahead of the interests of the few. That is the best way to create a happy and harmonious community.
I am entering politics because I feel I can make a difference and have a lot to contribute, and it will give me an opportunity to continue serving my community.
- 2021 Tasmania Australian of the Year Nominee
- Establishment of the Memory Disorders Clinic and the Dementia Research Centre at the Launceston General Hospital in 1997
- Involvement in research that was the first to report:
- A link between obesity, abdominal obesity, the metabolic syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease
- Improvement in cognitive and physical functioning following a community-based exercise program in patients with Alzheimer’s disease
- Higher incidence of normal pressure hydrocephalus, a treatable form of dementia, and that shunt surgery improve cognition, balance and gait
- Active in raising funds for the Clifford Craig Foundation
- Patron of B4X Group, whose main aims included promoting healthy living and raising funding for medical research
- Providing education to the community through regular lectures to medical practitioners and health care workers
- Giving free public “Tassie Dementia Talks” presentations around Tasman