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disability

75 petitions

Update posted 3 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
302,846 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Simon Birmingham, Attorney General, Chief Minister Andrew Barr

Stop teachers bullying students and child abuse

My Autistic son was emotionally and physically abused by a NSW special needs teacher. Ending in a visit to the emergency room. Like so many other families. Education department refuse to intervene. In fact she now has permanant job there. My son hasn't attended school since August 11 2016. I found stories of children locked in cages, physically abused, emotionally abused, left outside outside in isolation.  I kept complaining after my Autistic son had to be taken to hospital. Police refused to listen they refuse believe teacher capable of abuse. Instead after I again complained she applied intervention order. My beautiful boy was locked up and now faces charges. At court she asked Avo be varied to he can't attend school, his not to go within 20 metres of her. He won't even leave our house or go outside. You can sign my other petition calling attorney general to drop charges here  https://www.change.org/p/my-child-abuser-had-my-son-charged-help-me-help-my-son-with-his-injustice I am calling for harsher penalties for child abusers.  More powers for human rights commission to investigate and punish those doing the wrong thing. At the moment they are powerless to intervene.  Education department stop transferring these abusers around the state. And remove them from having any contact with children.  I am calling for chief minister Andrew Barr to hold up his promise to stop cover up of child abuse.  Please sign and show our government we do not support child abuse in any form 

Autism parents against abuse
958 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Google, Apple, Nic Hopkins

Google & Apple: stop road deaths and injury from mobile phones

Pictured is my cycling teammate Graham. He was a paramedic and a cyclist. Our team would go cycling every Sunday. Recently, that all changed forever. On one of those cycle trips, a driver became distracted using her mobile. Graham was as far left to the shoulder as he could safely be. But her four wheel drive catapulted him off his bike from behind almost killing him. Graham is now a lifelong paraplegic. This picture is the day he was released from hospital 6 months after the accident. He is devastated. It’s heartbreaking. He recently said: "It's the simple things in my life that I miss the most, like holding my wife's hand when we go for a walk. I miss a full body hug.” His life had changed forever. All because the driver was distracted while using their mobile phone. 70% of drivers now admit to using their mobile phone while driving. Distracted drivers from mobile phone use is now regarded as the #1 safety issue on our roads globally. These accidents are completely preventable. Apple and Google have the power and the technology to change this. They could auto-enable their existing “Do Not Disturb” function on their smartphones, which can activate as soon as a vehicle starts moving. You could still use maps and Bluetooth. You just wouldn’t be distracted by notifications or text messages. The current "opt-in" setting isn’t working due to our severe addiction to these devices - so it needs to be opt out, or people won’t use it. If users opt out, then cause death or serious injury, this could then be logged in court. Smartphone distraction on our roads is killing people and ruining lives like Graham’s. We take drink driving seriously. It’s time for our technology companies, Apple and Google, to take responsibility and stop causing deaths and injury by not acting on this. Corporations have a Duty of Care. We call on Apple & Google do not just take our money that contributes to their wealth, but also consider their corporate Duty of Care.

Klaus Bartosch
33,483 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Hon. Rita Saffioti, Mr Mark Burgess, Hon. Darren Chester, Hon. John Carey, Premier Mark McGowan, Hon. Ken Wyatt MP

PLEASE restore Bus Route 15 for disabled, seniors & locals, Minister Saffioti & PTA - ASAP

Please help us ...  We are a group of Disabled and Elderly Perth pensioners locked in a fight to save a bus route many of us have used for decades.  We are asking the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to change the route back to its original configuration because the new route restricts the mobility of disabled people and the elderly and means that some have to walk almost a KILOMETRE to get to public transport or do without!  And much of it is hilly terrain.  Before this change to an 80-year-old bus route in growing, densely populated areas adjacent to Perth city, everyone in Mt Hawthorn and Glendalough was no more than 400m away from public transport.  We believe that the PTA did not consult our local community properly and fully, with most people unaware of the change and the consultation.  These people are angry this happened, even those who are neither elderly nor disabled. The PTA has since been defending their unreasonable actions to the hilt, wasting tax-payers money to justify and entrench the bus route 15 change, which duplicates services that already connected the train station before this unnecessary change. We have evidence that the PTA's change to local route 15 is a gross misuse of taxpayers money!  [And the private bus companies get a government guaranteed profit for each kilometre a bus runs on its route - even if it's empty!  (One company is owned by a retired London professor who has companies in England, Singapore and Australia!)] It benefits a handful of people - mainly a few school kids that live in one electorate who already had many transport options, and could easily walk a little further, using existing connecting buses.  The PTA could have simply relocated the former Leeder St terminus to the top of Cayley St near Glendalough train station, which would have been less costly and would have produced the greatest benefit to ALL transport patrons.  We suggested this option well before the change but the PTA persisted! Now Harborne Street residents have double the services available while local mobility disabled people - many elderly - must now brave main roads and walk further to get anywhere. We formed the Seniors ANd Disabled Bus Action (now Access) Group over a year ago in response. Our survey of 344 local residents showed that only 11% supported the change and over 55% opposed it.  We presented a 180 signature petition to parliament, but the government sided with the PTA.  We managed to get Transperth (PTA) to put in a "temporary fix", extremely limited bus route 14, which was a help, but they took it away in August 2016, as it seemed to be designed to fail (as most other bus trials in the past have failed, we've been informed). We require YOUR Help please to get the message across to politicians and "public servants" ("Yes, Minister"?) https://youtu.be/FOIs9wCuf-0                https://youtu.be/dIto5mwDLxo                        https://youtu.be/on2I1U-F3BY              https://youtu.be/U01oual9ysQ One of our group, Eugenia Krysiak, a disabled 91-year-old lady who is one of a number of us that now have to use taxis to get around, has already taken on the PTA with a human rights complaint. We also tried to get an injunction to stop the PTA taking route 14 from us. Sadly, we failed and have been hit with massive legal costs from government lawyers who don't care and have deep taxpayer funded pockets (they get paid regardless). Gold medal-winning Paralympian, Sandra Yaxley (with Eugenia Krysiak, both part of SANDBAG), is featured in a Channel 9 story about the issue.http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/sandra-yaxley-a-paralympic-trailblazer/story-fnhocxo3-1226665147027 This is also affecting many other mobility disabled and senior people (some of whom no longer get out), and many other route 15 users, and has cut one part of the local community off from the other.  But the government doesn't seem to care (so far - election coming, though) PLEASE HELP OUR COMMUNITY TO GET OUR BUS BACK!!  With the PTA's record, it's probably happening in a local community near YOU!! Our facebook page is:https://www.facebook.com/restore.route.15/ Our Twitter page is:https://twitter.com/BringBack_Bus15 @BringBack_Bus15    #RestoreRoute15 Our GoFundMe page (for legal costs in this fight - every $1 counts) is: https://www.gofundme.com/2ehkzvyk Our email address is:  (please feel free to email us that you have signed or to make any comments or suggestions.Thanks.) 15.sandbag@gmail.com PHONE:  0400-252-394 Tad PLEASE  sign this our petition ...  and HELP in any way you are able ... THANK YOU for your HELP. TOGETHER, with your Help ...we CAN do it !! :-) Also, you may separately call/write about your specific concerns to: Transport Minister Rita Saffioti on 6552 5500 Minister.Saffioti@dpc.wa.gov.au Premier Hon. Mark McGowan MLA on 6552 5000wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester on (02) 6277 7680 Darren.Chester.MP@aph.gov.au Perth MP John Carey (Mt Hawthorn) on 9227 8040 or 0439 300 043  john.carey@mp.wa.gov.au Churchlands MP Sean L'Estrange (Glendalough) on 9383 7120  Churchlands@mp.wa.gov.au Managing Director PTA Mr Mark Burgess on 9326-2000mark.burgess@pta.wa.gov.au Once again, thank you most kindly for your support!

Seniors ANd Disabled Bus Access Group (SANDBAG)
117 supporters