339 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to The General Manager, Jill Lyons, Daniel Simpson

Public Hydrotherapy Pools: The answer to improved health and mobility in rural areas?

Do you have an injury, arthritis, poor mobility, poor circulation? Do you have problems with poor access to most public swimming pools (ie you need a ramp and/or stairs, not ladders), or do you need learn to swim classes or water aerobics classes? Do you live in the Richmond Valley area of NSW? Would you or someone you know benefit from a public Hydrotherapy Pool as part of a new/revamped public swimming complex at Casino? Are you a traveller? Would you decide to visit the Richmond Valley (where Casino is located), because there was a hydrotherapy pool, open 52 weeks of the year, that you could access?  There are a few heated pools in the region, but they are generally around 27 degrees, and aren’t classified as hydrotherapy pools. I have had rheumatoid arthritis for 20 years, and 27 degrees is way too cool (I get cramps before I have a chance to warm up), whereas a hydrotherapy pool is usually between 32 - 35 degrees, sometimes warmer...and you can feel your muscles relaxing as you enter the water. Exercising in a hydrotherapy pool is the only way I can exercise without flaring up the RA and being unable to do much for days while I recover. I can exercise without pain in the hydro pool, and I feel and move better for days afterwards. I currently have a medical referral for 6 visits to the one and only hydro pool available in the area (at a private hospital). The 6 visits will have to do me for 12 months, before I can get a referral for another 6 visits. I'm having a knee replacement in a few weeks, and have to do a lot of extra work to build my muscle strength because I haven't been able to exercise properly for a long time. My physio said I really need access to a hydrotherapy pool it's the only exercise option that works for me.  I know a lot of people in similar circumstances, many are much worse, so I’ve started this petition to show the Richmond Valley Council how badly a Hydrotherapy Pool is needed, and how it will not only benefit the local community, but may also help increase tourism, by offering the most up-to-date public facilities in the region. Who wins if we can get a hydrotherapy pool? The whole community!!  Who loses if we can't get enough support? The whole community!! You can also join us on Facebook @    Health and Healing Benefits of Hydrotherapy: 1. Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain The weightlessness you feel when under water relieves tension in the limbs, supporting aching muscles and easing the movement as opposed to when on land. Plus, hydrotherapy stimulates the release of endorphins, acting as a natural pain reliever which will further reduce muscle soreness. Incorporating hydrotherapy as part of a fitness regime is a great way to recover after a day's training. 2. Rehabilitates injured muscles Being immersed in warm or hot water raises the body temperature, increasing blood flow around the circulatory system and so alleviating pain. The improved circulation will in turn help to heal injured tissues and rehabilitate damaged muscles or joints. 3. Boosts the immune system The increased blood flow and circulation of white blood cells around the body allows lymph (an immune system fluid that helps collect and get rid of unwanted materials from the body) to be moved through the body more efficiently and therefore strengthens the immune system, helping to fight colds and illnesses. 4. Relieves stress Hydrotherapy treatment can help reduce blood pressure caused by stress. It may also slow down the body’s reaction to anxiety and release endorphins – a natural stress fighter. It promotes well being and improves general fitness and mobility, especially good for people with arthritis, injuries, poor circulation etc. Also great for young kids learning to swim and people wanting to lose weight (water aerobics classes).

Hydrotherapy Pool Supporters
647 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Greg Hunt MP, The Hon Malcom Turnbull MP, The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Greg Hunt

National Recognition of Oct 15 - Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Every family in Australia has been touched by the loss of a baby. Each year 1 in 4 Pregnancy's ends in a loss, this means that there would not be a family in Australia that has not been affected by the loss of a baby, either directly or indirectly. Yet this is something that most people are never aware of or never discuss. Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day - October 15 was established to raise awareness of this issue as well as to show support to those that have lost a baby. Recognition can only be achieve through a recommendation from the Minister for Health. Whilst day is currently recognised in Western Australia and New South Wales, this petition seeks to demonstrate that there is grass roots support in the wider Australian community for official recognition nationally by the Parliament of Australia. By officially recognising October 15 we can create a greater awareness in the community about the immeasurable impact that pregnancy and early infancy loss has on so many women, their partners and families within the Australian community. It is hoped that through the recognition of their loss and the subsequent pain endured, this remembrance day can play a small part in enabling families to find a way forward in their grieving, and in time heal the deep wound of loss. Most importantly, this remembrance day acknowledges that these babies were lovingly anticipated and remain forever in their parents’ hearts.

John De'Laney
5,082 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Members of the NSW Parliament

Don’t leave me trapped in a dying body - allow me to die peacefully

I have Motor Neurone Disease, and it’s terminal. I can’t speak, am left gasping for breath, and have lost control of my hands. It won’t be long before I will end up in a wheelchair. I will be trapped inside my body with my same intellect, but unable to communicate, unable to feed myself, clean myself, or even move. Within the next 12 months I face the prospect of suffering a horrible death, and this is the thing I fear more than anything else. You see, this disease always wins. It just keeps taking things from me until I eventually choke and or suffocate over a long drawn out and painful end. Unless you help me change the law, and grant me the right to choose to die peacefully at the end stage of this bastard disease. Don’t worry, I plan on milking every drop of life out of my existence, but I want the right to choose my ending. If I can deny this disease its last victory, it will be a fine day. The NSW Parliament will be voting on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 later this year. If it passes, it will allow terminally ill people like me, with only months to live, the option of an assisted death. If I qualify under strict guidelines and safeguards, I could be prescribed life-ending medication and I would be in control of my death. Nobody should have the right to tell me when I can and can’t die. I just want this compassionate choice. Please watch my video and sign my petition.

Paul Gabrielides
117,149 supporters