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aged care

10 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Ken Wyatt, Malcolm Turnbull

Mandate aged care staff/resident ratios. Stop the neglect

This is my darling mum, Phyllis, she had dementia and died in March 2012. Her aged care facility did not care about her.   Food is a very important part of care, and often the only thing residents have to look forward to, for many it's the focus of their day. The facility served food that she and others found unpalatable and inedible, cheap junk food, hot food often served cold AND badly cooked to boot!  At times she’d go without anything from midday till 8am the next day - that’s 20 hours without food. And she would have starved if I hadn’t intervened, Mum feared complaining because she’d be told off like a child and once was slapped by a staff member.  When I complained, the aged care facility threatened me with an intervention order and ten years jail for stalking. And when I spoke out about THAT, people got in touch sharing horror stories of neglect and abuse and thankedme for speaking out – the common thread was shortage of staff and inadequate basic care leading to neglect. Many of the elderly and their families won’t complain for fear of retribution. This is when I realised the lack of staff ratios was a huge problem. With no mandated staff / resident ratios in aged care facilities across Australia, our elders are at risk of abuse and neglect. What I see is a system that needs changing. Over-worked staff are stressed and undervalued. In many aged care homes, one staff member can care for 20 or more residents with residents waiting for long periods to receive the care they urgently need by overstretched carers and nurses who feel that they can never get the job done. Ken Wyatt, if you really care about elderly Australians mandate staff/resident ratios for all aged care facilities across Australia, to protect our elders, to keep them safe,respected and valued.

JANE SEAHOLME
265,053 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Cr Julian Simmonds, MP Michael Berkman, MP Steven Miles, Hon Cameron Dick, Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk

Save Goldicott House

Goldicott House is a Heritage listed property in Toowong.  Used primarily as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy and a boarding house for St Ignatius Primary School, its grand history came to an end when Sister Anna Ventura, the last remaining Sister, moved out in April 2017.   Built over 130 years ago, and having managed to retain its expansive grounds, despite all the development around it, it is a rare treasure. https://environment.ehp.qld.gov.au/heritage-register/detail/?id=601601  It is exactly the rarity of its sweeping grounds, specifically noted in the Heritage Register, that have made it a prime target for greedy developers.  Pikos Developments purchased the property in a private tender process this year, and are already advertising it as a future aged care development on their website. http://www.pikos.com/projects.html  They plan to build towers on the grounds, big enough to house 600 beds.  The only access to the property is via a tiny residential cul-de-sac.  To make it clear, their development would have more beds than the Wesley Hospital, which accommodates 535 patients. As it stands, the property is not zoned for an aged care development.  In spite of this, Pikos have paid over $8M for the site, and are advertising as if a complex rezoning and an invasive build on a Heritage listed property is a done deal. We don't think this is right, and we need your help to protect our heritage properties.

Save Goldicott House
2,655 supporters