Rural Health Inquiry's Lismore hearing to be webcast

Rural Health Inquiry's Lismore hearing to be webcast

The June 17 Lismore hearing of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote NSW will be webcast, according to State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin.

"This is a good win because all locals, together with all residents of rural and regional NSW need to have access to their Parliament and its processes," Ms Saffin said.

"I lobbied for this Inquiry to sit in our Electorate of Lismore and it is important that as many people as possible get to hear testimony from individuals and organisations who made submissions about their experience of the health system.

"The Inquiry has already held hearings in Deniliquin and Cobar, both of which were not webcast. I understand that the transcripts then took over a week to be released publicly.

"This was unacceptable to many country people and media outlets, so my colleague, NSW Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park raised these concerns directly with the Chief Executive of the Department of Parliamentary Services.

"In light of the high level of public interest in the Inquiry's work, the Committee, chaired by Labor MLC Greg Donnelly, now will be trialling the live webcasting of its hearings in Wellington and in Dubbo."

The Inquiry was established in September last year to inquire into and report on health outcomes and access to health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote New South Wales. It has received more than 700 submissions from people across NSW.

The livestream can be accessed at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Pages/webcasts.aspx.