Liberal Bass MHR Bridget Archer said addressing the scourge of family, domestic and sexual violence were a priority during her emotional maiden speech to Parliament on Thursday.
Ms Archer was the second member to give their first speech to the house following the opening of the 46th Parliament in Canberra this week.
"Like many other Australians I have faced the challenges of living with childhood trauma and it is a priority for me to address in this place," Ms Archer said.
She held back tears when speaking about her own childhood experience, which she found "painful" to tell.
"Childhood trauma has far reaching consequences, including significant mental health challenges," Ms Archer said.
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"I share a small part of this deeply personal story today because I believe we should do more as a society to keep our children and family safe."
Ms Archer said another area of priority was the vital provision of health services in Northern Tasmania.
"Bass, like the rest of Tasmania, is facing the enormous challenges of a rapidly ageing population and the pressure that inevitably brings to health providers," she said.
Ms Archer said she looked forward to working "hand-in-hand" with the state government and newly appointed Health Minister Sarah Courtney on the issue.
Ms Archer said the only disappointment in her election was that she had to relinquish her appointment as mayor of George Town.
There was laughter through the house as Ms Archer recalled the reason she initially ran for local government after moving to a new town was upon her husband's suggestion that it would be a good way for her to meet people.
"It was indeed a great way to meet people," Ms Archer said, who was elected as deputy mayor in 2011, and mayor in 2014 and 2018.
Ms Archer said she was tremendously humbled by the faith shown in her by the people of Bass.
"I will do my utmost as their member of Parliament to repay the trust that they have shown," she said.
"I am proud to be the first Liberal woman to represent the electorate of Bass.
"I am only the second women to represent a house of representatives seat in Tasmania after the remarkable Dame Enid Lyons, who was, of course, the first ever woman elected to this house."
Ms Archer concluded her speech by thanking her friends and family, particularly her "incredible" husband Winston, for their support during her campaign.