Petition to Hon Rachel Siewert
Safe Staffing in Aged Care Now!
I hope when you get old there are enough staff to care for you. My husband Bill, who has dementia, was left on a veranda covered in his own faeces, for residents and visitors to see. In May 2015 I was called in to his aged care facility to help clean him due to lack of staff. It’s not the fault of the nursing staff on shift – they are wonderful and are working very hard. But there simply aren’t enough of them to deliver the care the residents deserve. Then just last month I was told of blood on his sheets. He had been wearing a urine soaked pad for 12 hours which had caused the skin on his scrotum to tear and bleed. I trusted TriCare, a multimillion-dollar company, when I reluctantly put him into aged care. I couldn’t look after him by myself anymore. It’s dehumanising - my husband worked for tourism for years, he was a passionate fisherman - a typical Aussie bloke. Many nursing homes right across Australia are grossly understaffed. TriCare employs only a few staff to look after 24 patients. It’s dangerous and irresponsible. Many Australians may not realise that unlike childcare and schools, there is no law that sets minimum nurse-to-resident ratios in aged care facilities - leaving vulnerable dementia patients like Bill exposed. TriCare is choosing how to allocate taxpayer funding within their facilities and shamefully putting profits ahead of residents. In 2013, the O’Shea family, which owns TriCare, was reported as number 43 on Queensland’s top 150 rich list. Media reports at the time claimed they had a net worth of $335 million which was an increase of $73 million from 2013. They can afford to employ more nursing staff to look after those vulnerable Australians in their care. We are calling on the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Australia's Aged Care Sector Workforce to recommend mandated nurse-to-patient ratios now.
Petition to Brad Hazzard, Gladys Berejiklian, Malcolm Turnbull, Greg Hunt MP
Health Minister: our baby girl is dying in front of us - please help
I don’t want to break the law, but I don’t want to bury my eight-year-old child. I am left with no options - my 8 year old daughter Sienna suffers up to 100 epileptic seizures per day, each one life-threatening. I’m writing this out of desperation. Last night I spent the evening watching my little girl gasping for air, unable to breath, another night of thinking I was about to lose her. We’ve been through 5 specialist doctors unable to help her. Right now she’s on 8 different medications and still experiencing over 100 seizures per day. I’m beside myself. Doctors say they’ve tried everything - the only option left is medicinal cannabis or her the seizures will continue to cause irreparable damage to her brain and organs. But despite it being legalised last year, red tape is leaving Sienna’s doctors unable to fast track her lifesaving access to medicinal cannabis. She’s left with the only option of joining a long list of kids waiting to get onto clinical trials. I have had to watch her cognitive ability decline, going from an IQ of 90-100 to a range from 41-52. She has been diagnosed with a severe intellectual disability. Now every seizure is a step closer to death. Right now we are being forced to sit back and watch our baby girl dying in front of us and not a single doctor in NSW can help us. This is cruel and devastating. We need immediate amnesty to give our little girl a quality of life and a long lasting life. She has dreams too, please help her live to follow them. The Health Minister can’t ignore a dying 8 year old - if he delays access much longer, Sienna will die. Please sign and share to help Sienna. It’s our only hope.
Petition to Bill English, Jonathan Coleman
Bill English: I’m bedridden and in constant pain, please stop denying me treatment
I’ve been bedridden for the last two and a half years because the government is denying me funding for treatment I desperately need - just so they can save a few dollars. I need help to shower myself, to go to the toilet and have a basic level of dignity. My ten-year-old daughter and teenage son are being robbed of their childhood and adolescence because I can't be the mum I want to be and enjoy activities with my family I was born with a disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which means I am more prone to injuries and recovery is harder. It’s been a huge challenge all my life. I recently got a short round of hydrotherapy which finally gave me some freedom of movement and freedom from pain. It gave me hope getting this therapy on an ongoing basis would mean I could volunteer in my community and work as a criminologist again. But the treatment was pulled because my public hospital can’t afford to fund it. Government health funding hasn’t kept up with our ageing and growing population. It's breaking my heart to know there is treatment that would make me better, but government cost-savings mean I can’t access it. Without this treatment I WILL get worse. This shouldn’t happen in a country like NZ. It doesn’t have to be like this for me or anyone else in New Zealand with EDS. If I lived in Australia or the UK, treatment would be available for me. Why can’t Kiwis get the same? The Ministry of Health makes big promises about treating people with dignity and respect, but I feel they’ve really let us down. I'm asking for Bill English to listen and care. Please sign my petition and ask the government to help me, and others like me, by funding the treatment we need.
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.
Petition to Jackie Trad MP, Hon Cameron Dick, CrJenny Hill
Improve safety and conditions for cyclists in Townsville
Townsville is an ideal lifestyle destination for people who love an active life. The climate is amazing for more than 6mths of the year. It rarely rains. Everywhere is close and you only need to ride hills if you seek them out. And there is next to no traffic... yet... Without intelligent assessment and change in focus of our traffic network we will go down the path of our congested capital cities. We have a responsibility to provide alternatives to sedentary travel by car especially given the high rate of obesity and inactivity in our population. Infrastructure and design can subtly yet effectively change behavior on the roads leading to better conditions for cycling and increased uptake of Active Travel. We need safe and direct routes for people to get around by bike and to train on bikes.
Petition to Andrew Barr, Mick Gentleman, Adam Mclachlan, Alistair Coe, Yvette Berry, Nicole Lawder, Andrew Wall, Meegan Fitzharris, Shane Rattenbury, Caroline Le Couteur, Zed Seselja, Vicki Dunne, Elizabeth Lee, Jonathan Teasdale, Mark Parton
STOP the unsafe, polluting plastics to oil refinery, now!
FOY Group propose to build an oil refinery at Hume, Australian Capital Territory and we are very concerned about the proximity to houses, schools, childcare centres and workplaces. The refinery would use a catalytic cracking process - super heating various plastics to extremely high temperatures - to produce oil in the form of fuels and fugitive (bad) emissions. This will remove the recyclable plastics from the circular economy and negatively impact greenhouse gas emissions targets, of multiple different Australian states including New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC) and Queensland (QLD), as the source plastics are transported long distances cross-border to bypass their more stringent policies. It is unsafe and was rejected by New South Wales Environment Protection Authority, stating a lack of environmental and human health safeguards from this unproven technology. We will not accept that this is “recycling” plastics. It is destructive (leading to massive carbon emissions through the transportation, processing & burning of the fuel products) and undermines existing and future reuse and recycling. You need to take action, STOP this project and protect those that voted you in to your office to "use the powers of office responsibly and in the interests of the people of the ACT" per your Ministerial Code of Conduct. All the information you need is at:http://www.noplasticstofuel.com Read the facts about FOY, that you may have missed, here:http://bit.ly/FOY_Factsheet
Petition to The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Malcolm Turnbull, Jillian Skinner, Premier Mike Baird, Malcolm Turnbull, Sussan Ley
Decriminalise the use of medicinal cannabis for people with terminal cancer like my son.
Our 24 year old son has a terminal cancer diagnosis. He is receiving great benefit from using medical cannabis to manage his nausea, vomiting and poor appetite.He is also using cannabis oil in a bid to halt the progression of his disease. We can see the changes in him and fully believe that cannabis is absolutely the right path for him to go down as conventional treatments have failed him. The adoption of the 5 recommendations of the NSW Parliament Legislative General Purpose Standing Committee No. 4: The use of cannabis for medical purposes, is essential to Daniel and the thousands of terminally ill and debilitated Australians who would benefit from the use of Medicinal Cannabis. These patients and their carers (just like us) are being forced to break the law to obtain and to use cannabis, mostly without medical supervision because they are fearful to expose themselves. The medical evidence is available and opinions world wide are changing based on this evidence, yet the NSW Government is still sitting on it's hands and demonstrating a complete lack of compassion with it's disregard for these recommendations. Adoption of these recommendations will afford the terminally ill and chronic pain suffers the right to choose a treatment which is beneficial to them, whilst being protected from arrest and prosecution under the current NSW legislation. Our son cannot afford to wait for the government to step up. We need help now!
Petition to United States Department of Health and Human Services
Implement real-time prescription monitoring nationally to help stop opioid abuse.
Opioid abuse has been declared a national emergency in the US. If nothing is done, it has been forecast as many as 650,000 people will die within the next decade. That's the equivalent to the entire city of Baltimore and exceeds cause of death relating to gun violence and road accidents. The US has the highest death rate per capita for opioid abuse globally. Mandatory real-time prescription monitoring is part of the opioid crisis solution. It's already implemented and working in Australia. The first Australian state to implement the system went from the highest per capita using state to the lowest within one year, and has been directly attributed to lowering the mortality rate. The system offers health professionals issuing prescriptions and pharmacists dispensing drugs real-time information to stop patients harming themselves. The system can identify patients who are "doctor shopping" or who have been flagged as high risk by health authorities before opioids are prescribed or dispensed. Mandatory real-time prescription monitoring between doctors, pharmacists & health authorities nationally across the US will help save lives. For more information visit www.monitoropioidabuse.org