Robert Waterman

RobHealth and Well-being Advocate
Robert Waterman is a dedicated and passionate advocate for the health and well-being of our children, youth, families and community. Robert recognises that the health and well-being of our children, youth and families is the foundation for a healthy and prosperous society. Robert has represented the health needs of our communities in a variety of roles for many years and refuses to accept the increase in mental illness, child and youth mental illness and suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, family violence, homelessness and child abuse and neglect as a social norm. They are all preventable and we can live in a healthy and safe society if given the resources and opportunity to address these serious health, social and economic issues. Robert has both professional and personal experience and understands the health, social and economic issues that face families on a daily basis.

Robert has an extensive history in allied health and an abundance of experience in senior management and leadership roles in human services including 30 years’ experience in management in the private, government and not-for-profit sector.


Tasmania is Home
Robert grew up in Victoria before making Tasmania his home. He has dedicated a large part of his life to the health and well-being of children, families and our communities. Robert spent two years working in remote aboriginal communities; managed a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre – working with people with a range of drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness and family and relationship issues. He also worked for the Salvation Army Bridge program and was the co-ordinator and state-wide team leader for the Tasmania Court Mandated Drug Diversion Program. This involved assisting people into diversionary treatment to overcome drugs use and associated criminal activities. More recently, Robert took on the CEO role at Rural Health Tasmania, where he dedicated much of his time raising awareness of poor health and social and economic disadvantage as well as promoting and improving access to programs and services leading to better health and well-being for communities.

Live in Freedom
Women and children should be able to live free from the fear of family violence. Parents should be able to feel confident that there children will not run into serious problems with drug addiction including the serious threat of methamphetamine ice and mental illness and children and young people should be able to feel confident that they will leave school and be able to find work and pursue a fulfilling, rewarding and happy lifestyle.

Battle Against Ice
Robert Waterman lifted the lid on the threat of methamphetamine ice to Tasmanian and is clear in his message that the harms associated with the manufacture, use and distribution of methamphetamine ice is very serious and real and must be addressed as such. Robert is also clear in his message that mental illness, family violence, homelessness, child abuse and neglect are all significant threats to the health and well-being of our communities and we must do more to support our children, families and communities to prevent and overcome these serious health, social and economic issues if we are to prosper and thrive as a society.

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