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Petition to The Hn. Pru Goward, MP (MP for families and community services), Housing New South Wales, Tania Muhailuk

Housing NSW are refusing housing for a 12 yr old with severe medical needs.

Heba is twelve years old, has two sisters and a brother and since she was born she has had to live with a severe medical defect of Spina Bifida-High Lumbar Myelomeningoceole, Shunted Hydrocephalus, Paraplegia, Neurological bladder and bowel problems, Progressive Scoliosis, Imperforate anus which is managed with a colostomy bag, Intellectual disabilities and sleep apnea and Is PERMANENTLY WHEELCHAIR DEPENDANT. Her family have had to live in beyond unsuitable housing conditions in the normal private rental market of real estate and have been on the list for HOUSING NSW for over 10 years and they have not helped her in finding a house to live in that is modified for Heba. Heba is now due for a complete spinal reconstruction and she will be bed bound for a long time and needs a hoist to life her, care for her post ops, as it is going to be very invasive. Her mother and father have been lifting her manually with no medical equipment for over ten years and are now suffering from herniated disc problems and social withdrawal from the stress of having to find suitable housing in the rental market which is rare due to the high rising costs of rental repayments and applications made for a single property in the Canterbury- Bankstown area. Housing NSW will not provide my sister with a house, as they claim "there is NOTHING AVAILABLE', and choose to help with her payments for rent - however! They conclude that the benchmark and maximum they will assist with a house and rental payments in the area they need is no more than $600 per week for a four bedroom house! which is not possible for a wide space, open plan house that can be wheelchair accessible for Heba. Enough is enough! I am not going to let my sister and my niece suffer anymore something needs to be done for this family. Heba has legitimate medical needs and deserves the best possible care she can get! please sign this petition to help me and my sister get housing NSW (Bankstown Office) to provide them with a suitable modified home they deserve! Her current living situation which is completely unliveable Skinny and tiny hallways, a bedroom with equipment she cannot use due to the size of the bedroom and now we are going to resort not having a lounge room to accommodate her needs of her medical equipment. This is what the private rental market have for rent these days .. which is very very hard to even get approved in the first place unless you have connections or money upfront in the thousands for rent! We even have constant letters of recommendations from the Occupational therapists to get housing to help and Drs from Westmead Hospital as well as case workers and local community leaders but housing has not budged or bothered to even sympathise with their situation instead just being hasty. My sister has countless pages of records for houses she applies for via real estate and gets denied because these days owners do not want families in nice big houses and would much rather a four-bedroom house for people with one child... which is making life difficult for them to even be considered to get accepted to rent despite their impeccable rental records of perfect tenancies the past ten years. 

Rhonda Sabouni
1,621 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Australian Government Department Of Health

Give Bonded Medical Place Scheme pre-2016 participants a fair go

Sign on to add your voice as we call on the Australian Government Department of Health to give Bonded Medical Place Scheme pre-2016 participants a fair go, with the option to sign onto 2016 contracts. BACKGROUND The Bonded Medical Place (BMP) Scheme is an Australian Government rural health workforce initiative introduced in 2004. It’s aim has been to provide more doctors for Australia’s District of Workforce Shortage communities. The BMP Scheme seeks to achieve this outcome, by requiring 25% of all students who accept a Commonwealth Supported Place at medical school to sign a contractual agreement to work, in an eligible District of Workforce Shortage or Modified Monash Model location 4-7 (ie. towns with a population of 15,000 or less) of their choice for a designated period. For pre-2016 BMP participants, this equates to a return of service period of time equal to the length of their medical degree. This can mean up to 6 years. The return of service period may be reduced with scaling discounts. Through scaling, a participant can reduce their return of service obligation in proportion to the remoteness rating of their practice location. The eligibility to claim return of service generally does not commence until the participant has obtained fellowship of a specialist college, although up to half of the return of service obligation can be claimed during prior prevocational and/or vocational training. For BMP participants, from 2016 onwards, the contractual return of service obligation offered is more flexible. These participants have a return of service obligation of 12 months only, and are ineligible for discount by scaling. The return of service can be completed at any time from once the participant commences internship, until 5 years after fellowship is obtained. The return of service commitment is formalised in a legal Deed of Agreement with the Australian Government, which is signed by the participating medical student at the time of commencing medical school. What constitutes an eligible location for return of service is dynamic. It is based on published information on the website. What is a District of Workforce Shortage at the time that a student commences medical school, may no longer be the case some years down the track, when they become a doctor. Accepting a BMP Scheme place is no small commitment. It is a huge commitment that will have significant personal and professional implications several years into the future – often at a time when participants will have to factor partner and family needs into their practice and training location decisions. In many cases, it is career and personally limiting. There is no current peer- or professional-based support scheme funded by the Government to assist BMP Scheme participants navigate their return of service obligations, apart from the contact details for the Department of Health available on the BMP Scheme website. Such support would be key to ensuring participants who sign onto the program feel supported and more likely to remain in the rural health workforce long-term. The current discrepancy between return of service obligations for pre- and post-2016 BMP Scheme participants is very unfair. It is even more unfair, considering that when the option of scaling was introduced in 2010, every BMP participant was offered a legal Deed of Variation to sign onto the new conditions. No Deed of Variation has been offered to pre-2016 BMP participants to sign onto the new 2016 conditions. Help us advocate to the government that action needs to be taken to address the inequality within this rural health workforce incentive program. Adding YOUR name shows your support for our call to the Department of Health to give Bonded Medical Place Scheme pre-2016 participants a fair go, and offer these medical students and doctors the option to sign onto 2016 Deed of Variation contracts.

Teena Downton, Hugh Le Lievre, and Kelly Bradley
2,442 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Greg Hunt, Professor Greg Johnson, Susan Davidson, Malcolm Turnbull

We need NDSS rebates for the new FreeStyle Libre Diabetes Tester.

The New Abbott FreeStlye Libre, (and similar) is a game changer for people with Diabetes. This device will save diabetics lives, sight and limbs. Not to mention the millions (or billions) of dollars it will save in future hospital bills, social services and the social cost of having people with diabetes going blind and losing their limbs. However the device currently cost the user about $50 per week ($2600 per year). The Abbott FreeStyle libre is not currently subsidised by the NDSS (National Diabetes Service Scheme), and this means that it is not affordable to thousands of Australians who could benefit from the device. The Abbott FreeStyle libre continually monitors the Blood Glucose Levels of diabetics. Helping them better control their diabetes and prevent some of the horrible effects of this disease. Please sign this petition and help get this device and any other similar device more affordable for diabetics. Diabetes is not a lifestyle choice; diabetics don’t choose to be diabetic. Its handed to us on a platter and we need to deal with it the best we can. This device (and similar) will help us do that. So if you are only going to sign one petition today, please pick this one as it could help save a life. I have no affiliation with the "Abbott" company and this petition is not a promotion for them or their products. I am a type 1 diabetic who wants this device available for all Australian no matter what their income.  

Christopher Slingsby-Smith
59,652 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Greg Hunt MP, Hon Greg Hunt MP

Patients First. Take urgent action for current and future Australian Lyme patients.

The Senate Inquiry into an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme-like illness for many Australians reported on November 30th, 2016. The Final Report indicated the priority was Patients First, stating: "...people are unwell, and they must be helped. It is therefore the committee's primary objective, in this, its final report on this inquiry, to put the patients first."Minister Hunt, it's time for Health Department leadership on Australian Lyme Disease – please take immediate action on the Senate Inquiry Final Report recommendations. Lyme Disease Association of Australia Statement. "The denial of locally acquired Lyme disease is based on a 20+ year old study into ticks which investigated a narrow spectrum of Borrelia and failed to further evaluate other evidence identified. International science has progressed with at least 100 Borrelia strains identified in the U.S. and up to 300 strains globally. (Source: Dr Richard Horowitz M.D.) In 2014 the government confirmed that Australia's official Lyme disease diagnostic pathology tests were ‘discordant’, meaning a negative test does not exclude the disease being present. The LDAA asserts that there is an Australian Lyme disease.  Research has not been urgently prioritised to identify the causative pathogens allowing the incidence of this emerging vector-borne disease to increase unchecked. The suggestion that patients, their carers and doctors should wait years for research projects is unreasonable. Australian Lyme patients are the evidence needed. We request the Government to prioritise Patients First.  Recognise the Lyme-like illness that is making Australians sick and make it an urgent health priority."

Lyme Disease Association of Australia
44,861 supporters