Media Release

29 June 2017

Walsh: Russell Northe – leave of absence

Thursday 29 June, 2017

Russell Northe – leave of absence

Comments attributable to Peter Walsh, Leader of The Nationals

Russell Northe, The Nationals Member for Morwell, is taking a leave of absence while he seeks assistance for some personal health issues.

At our last Nationals Party Room meeting, Russell spoke to us about some mental health challenges he is experiencing, and after subsequent medical advice Russell has decided to take leave in order to focus on his health and wellbeing.

The length of Russell’s leave will depend on advice from his medical professionals.

Russell has the full support of his colleagues and friends, and we are glad he recognised these problems and is now getting help.

We look forward to having Russell back doing the job he is committed too, but it is vitally important that he puts his health first.

Russell’s electorate office in Morwell will remain open while he is on leave, and his experienced staff together with The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath will continue to be available to assist constituents and service the community’s needs.

We ask that you please respect Russell and his family’s privacy as he deals with these health challenges.