Fighting to be heard - For Rural Mental Health & Transplantation Care Services
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Please consider those who die whilst waiting for organ transplants. Consider those who grieve their loved ones who became donors. Consider the barriers recipients in rural Australia face every day in relation to their ongoing health needs. The system needs change and Herd of Hope wants to help. Read our story and sign our petition.
The Herd of Hope cattle drive wants to bring the country to the city for a life saving cause. Despite an increase in funding towards organ donor awareness since 2009, Australia still has relatively low organ donor rates (world ranking 20th in 2015*) and registered organ donors through the DonateLife Registry. The reality is without organ donors, people in our country are dying from organ failure.
The Hope is that this will change.
Those in rural and regional areas of Australia face extra barriers when facing organ failure and transplantation care. Travelling to larger centres for appointments, blood tests and other procedures such as dialysis. Some families need to relocate to the city at great expense.
Apart from the physical cost the psychological impact it has on siblings, parents and other family members is massive. Country people are good at looking after their mates and will often step in to lend a hand. However how much better would it be to have greater access to professional support in these areas?
Transplants occur after the death of another. For the families who are grieving we want to improve the mental health support available in the country. Currently there is little emphasis placed on the mental health of both donor families and recipients in the transplantation process. This needs to change.
The Herd of Hope Cattle Drive involves 40 cattle (trained & handled) 8 Stockmen on horseback taking the cattle across the Sydney Harbour Bridge (towards the city) on a Sunday morning. It is estimated it will take approximately 40 minutes for the cows to travel the distance. From here they will be returned to a farm outside of Sydney.
However the Transport Management Centre have not permitted the event to occur on the bridge stating:
"To implement diversions, create a safe environment and operationally manage the proposed 1.5 hour event, would require an approximate 5-6 hour full closure of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This extended closure duration would cause significant delays to the road and transport networks and would impact on approximately 30,000 vehicles that use the bridge on a Sunday at this time."
It has also been said the what we are doing is "illegal". However we have applied for a permit - this is not illegal. This event can happen with the governments consent!
What we want is the government to reconsider the TMC decision. If you are told "you have weeks/months to live unless you receive a transplant" a short delay on the roads is worth the inconvenience when the possibility of more organ donors is there. One donor can save up to 10 lives.
The team have the support of many wonderful individuals including the Federal Minister Ken Wyatt and companies who can see the benefit in this event. Why is the TMC and as The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight unable to support it?
Sign this to have the TMC decision overturned.
Register to become an organ donor too. http://www.donatelife.gov.au/decide
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