Launceston Community Forums
The Department of Health is organising community forums for those in the Northern Tasmanian community affected by the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings (CoI) in relation to the Launceston General Hospital.
The Department of Health appreciates it needs a deeper understanding of the community’s concerns and how this can inform improvements to LGH systems, processes, operations and culture to prevent child sexual abuse from happening again.
The community forums are an opportunity for us to hear your concerns, ideas, and priorities to rebuild trust in your public hospital where it has been eroded by the events at the LGH that the Commission of Inquiry hearings has been looking into.
The forums will be independently chaired by Mrs Elizabeth Daly and Mr Malcolm White with support from Dr Rob Gordon.
Interested persons should register their interest using the LGH Community Forums registration form by 19 September.
The department will be sending formal invites to interested persons dependent on final numbers and times in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]
Forum chairs and support
Elizabeth Daly is a local community leader with an extensive career within the Department of Education, working in Northern Tasmania as District Superintendent. Elizabeth has also acted as the Children’s Commissioner and worked for a number of NGOs. Elizabeth currently co-chairs the Tasmanian B4 Coalition a government funded project that aims to connect organisations and the local community to support children.
Malcolm White is on the board of the Royal Flying Doctors Service where he has served as Chair for a number of years. He is currently a director of RFDS Australia and served as Acting CEO of RFDS Australia for a period in 2019. Malcolm taught at the Launceston Institute of TAFE in the 1980s then after a return to industry re-joined in 1998 and was appointed Chief Executive of TAFE Tasmania in 2005. In 2013 Malcolm joined TAFE Directors Australia including a period as Acting CEO. After concluding this role in 2017 Malcolm continued as Chair of a national scholarship foundation for TAFE students until 2021.
Dr Rob Gordon OAM, BA(Hons), PhD, FAPS, FCCLP is a Clinical Psychologist; he was Clinical Director of the Victorian Department of Human Services Critical Incident Stress Service for 19 years and provides training and services to a wide range of health, welfare, and other human service agencies for trauma and stress in the workplace. He has worked in large and small, human and natural disasters since the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983 throughout Australia and New Zealand.