Skip navigation

Distribute Free Face Masks

profile image
Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
8 January 2020

With no end in sight to the hazardous bushfire smoke blanketing NSW and an increase in respiratory-related emergency department presentations, Greens MP and Health spokesperson Cate Faehrmann has written to the Health Minister Brad Hazzard asking him to do more to protect people’s health, including by urgently distributing free face masks. 

“The Government seems to be asleep at the wheel when it comes to warning people about how to stay safe in this hazardous air. They’re not doing anywhere near enough to protect our health,” said Cate Faehrmann.

“NSW Health should urgently distribute free P2 masks to pharmacies and health clinics across NSW and set up air quality information booths at shopping centres to make sure people are aware of the risks they face.

“It’s negligent of the Government to not be taking proactive measures like these when emergency department presentations for respiratory problems are spiking and the AMA is warning that even healthy people are now at risk from the impacts of bushfire smoke. 

“People who are particularly sensitive to bad air quality, such as the elderly, pregnant women and children should be wearing masks outside when the air quality gets this bad. The EPA’s website has some parts of Sydney’s air quality as hazardous yet the Government is still not doing enough to ensure people wear masks.

“People with existing conditions are seeing their health degrade as a result of bushfire smoke while those with undiagnosed asthma often don’t even realise that they are at risk.

“NSW Health should also be providing air purifiers for vulnerable people so they can have some relief while indoors. Most houses just aren’t sealed well enough to prevent the indoor quality getting almost as bad as outside,” said Cate Faehrmann.

 

Contact: Jacob Miller: 0428 837 292

 

Letter to the Hon. Brad Hazzard:

profile image
Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
8 January 2020
SHARE:

THE LATEST NEWS

MEDIA RELEASE

Massive Cost Blowout for Controversial Wyangala Dam Expansion Documents Reveal

Government documents released as a result of a Greens motion passed by the NSW Upper House have revealed that a controversial commitment by the National Party at the last election to raise the wall of Wyangala Dam could cost taxpayers more than $2 billion.

MEDIA RELEASE

Government Fails to Adopt Consensus Recommendations of NSW Koala Inquiry: Has No Plan to Save Koalas from Extinction

The Government’s response to the NSW Upper House Inquiry into Koala Populations and their Habitat, released today, indicates it has no intention of acting upon many key recommendations made by the Committee in order to stop koalas becoming extinct in NSW before 2050, Greens MP and Committee Chair Cate Faehrmann...

ANALYSIS: Drug decriminalisation in NSW

Whether it’s called decriminalisation or not, a shift from the NSW Government towards reducing the harm from drugs - instead of heavy-handed policing - is long overdue.

MEDIA RELEASE

Government Move on Drugs is a Game-Changer: Greens

Breaking news that the NSW Government will move away from its heavy-handed approach to personal drug use and towards a warning and fines based system for people caught with a personal quantity of illegal drugs is a game-changer, according to the Greens. As reported by Channel 7 news, the Government’s...


CAMPAIGNS