Petition to Greg Hunt, Chris Bowen
Stop cuts to holistic mental health care
Stop cuts to comprehensive health care for those with mental illness. The federal government has recently sent out letters to 341 General Practitioners requesting voluntary repayments for mental health consultations. The issue? Seeing a patient about a mental health issue and a physical issue at the same consultation. According to Medicare this should only occur if the physical issue is raised first. If the patient has come for a mental health consultation but raises concerns about a physical problem, work done towards the physical issue only attracts Medicare funding if “it is clinically indicated that a separate problem must be treated immediately” - immediately is undefined. These letters come from the Medicare compliance department as part of a “nudge campaign”. Their intention is to induce fear and reduce Medicare costs, but the flow on effect will be to reduce the number of GPs who feel safe to look after people with complex mental and physical health conditions. This specifically discourages the wholistic care of patients with mental health concerns. According to Medicare, if you have physical health concerns AND mental health issues, you have to deal with them in that order. Not vice versa. It’s ridiculous to think that mental health issues present in isolation. In fact, we know that the burden of physical illness in this group is higher and yet - we are asked to deal with the mental and physical aspects of their health on separate days and are being specifically targeted if it is deemed we have provided comprehensive, joined-up, patient-centred care “too much”. It takes a lot to open up to a GP. Now we are being told to say - sorry but I have to deal the rest of your issues on another day. This is a cut to already overburdened mental health care systems and the most vulnerable members of our society. And worse yet it’s happening by stealth. This is your rebate, this is your Medicare. Say no. Sign this petition.
Petition to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
I have terminal breast cancer and I need Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws in Queensland now.
My name is Tanya Battel. This evening I watched WA pass the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019. WA follows Victoria. I and so many others need Queensland to follow WA. I have battled breast cancer for 22 years. It is now terminal. The cancer has spread to my lung and my abdomen. I have had 3 years of chemotherapy but the cancer won't go away. The side effects of treatment make me feel sick and I am miserable and frightened. I face the prospect of a horrible, painful death as the cancer moves to my bones, my organs and my brain. This is what I fear more than anything else – not death - but the long, drawn out process of dying. I nursed both my parents at the end of their lives. It was awful. It was horrific. No-one should have to suffer like that. Dying people deserve the right to choose when they have had enough. I want the right to ask a doctor to help me have a peaceful death. Victoria now has voluntary assisted dying laws. Western Australia will have a law soon. It is illegal in Queensland but people are desperate for this legislation. A Government Inquiry has been running all year but will not report back until next March 2020. I want the Qld Premier to commit to introducing voluntary assisted dying laws before the State election in October 2020. Otherwise, this legislation may never happen. I don’t have time to wait. 85% of the community wants these laws. People are suffering unnecessarily and 7 Queenslanders with a terminal illness are killing themselves each month. I plead with the Qld Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk to allow me the right to die peacefully and painlessly when my suffering becomes unbearable. Please join me in asking the Premier to introduce Voluntary Assisted Dying laws to the Queensland Parliament before the State election in 2020. You can like/follow my Facebook page - VALE - Voluntary Assisted Life Ending to keep up to date with the work we are doing. Thank you, Tanya
Petition to South Australian Government, Jon Gee
Sports vouchers to be Extended to high school students
Currently sports vouchers only available for primary school children. As our children progress to high school it is an increasingly important time to keep children occupied and active. We would like to see the government vouchers extended to secondary students. This could save money in the long run by keeping our children in structured clubs and occupying their time, keeping them off the streets. It promotes healthy attitudes as our kids progress into adulthood and healthy adults will impact less on our health care system. Unfortunately it it getting harder to make this possible with fees particularly for low income families and large families, and extension of the vouchers could see more youths be able to participate.
Petition to Hon. Liza Harvey MLA, Hon. Peter Collier MLC
Please pass voluntary assisted dying in WA before I die.
My name is Rhonda Taylor. I am in my 54th and final year of life. I have metastatic breast cancer with brain and bone metastases, and I am dying. The cancer is in my bones, in my skull, my jaw, my neck, my shoulders, my entire spine, my arms, my pelvis, my legs, my toes, my ribs, my brain. The pain on bad days is scream-out-loud pain, unbearable and difficult to manage despite access to schedule 8 drugs from palliative care. As wonderful as palliative care is, it can only do so much. Fortunately, my cognitive functioning has not diminished so I am well aware of what is happening, and I am able to make decisions about my care. I want to die with dignity - not a slow agonising death. Surely no one can benefit from allowing such torture to occur? I am not afraid of dying, but I’m afraid of dying in agony. Voluntary assisted dying won’t be enacted in time to help me, but I know that it will be a comfort to others. This is why I would like to see the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 pass Parliament before I die. Unfortunately, The Hon Nick Goiran MLC is needlessly delaying the bill in the hopes of scuttling it. I cannot stop this on my own, so can you join me in calling for Liza Harvey and Peter Collier to stop the delays to compassionate end of life choices?
Petition to Royal Brisbane and Woman's Hospital, Medical Ombudsman Queensland, Sunshine Coast Council, McGrath Foundation, Breast Cancer - Cancer Council Australia, Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital, Graham Norton, Medical Board if Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission, Angelina Joli - Cancer/Health/human rights/Women/Medical Negligence/reconstruction surgery
Ban the crushed Tupperwares (Breast tissue expanders)
It is difficult to adequately describe the past 8 weeks of my life. Early December a piece of apparatus, medical term a TE (tissue expander) was inserted into my breast at The Royal Brisbane & Woman’s Hospital in Queensland, Australia. Without prior consent hmm is that not what consultations are for? The only way to describe the sensation (not the pain) is if you could imagine a large round hard Tupperware closed with jagged edges crushed inside my skin. I am a dancer and a teacher and I need to be able to move my body free of pain. No scrap that let’s just say I’m a human being and I believe we all have the right to be able to move without pain where possible. At the moment I can’t do that along with the other woman who have reached out to me. Their description of the TE, sadly I cannot write it here. The pain, throbbing, stabbing, burning and since 3 weeks pectoral spasms constantly 24/7. The worst part of this whole diabolical episode is, that I am wasting away, at my wits end physically, mentally and emotionally. Perhaps it’s the pain, the no sleep or the fact that no surgeon can fit me in to remove it. The Queensland hospitals are so busy and no medical professional even going to A & E three times...can help me get this Tupperware out of my body. I understand there’s people in A & E with legs/arms/heads and everything else snapped or falling off. I waited my turn - they still couldn’t manage to take it out. A surgeon at RBWH said it is a 45 minute procedure, that’s when the smiling tears started. Going on 9 weeks today, is it me? A medical specialist recently said to me...it’s not urgent. Not quite sure she would be saying that if it was her wearing a Tupperware. I have graphic photographs and some recordings of every stage of this unbearable chapter in my life. Ive got to have gone through this for a reason who knows but at least if I can plant a seed out there to spread the word then I’m doing it. I have a daughter and my message to everyone out there especially my girl, no man or woman has the right to put anything inside your body without prior consent. I’m sure that goes for animals too...oh no that’s right they can’t talk...so the surgeon from RWBH that called me a scared animal, you’re damn right I am. But I’ve got a voice and I’m using it. From a scared human in Queensland Australia.
Petition to humans, Microsoft
Make dean get a haircut
We live in a scary time where donald mate and scomo is the president of the nation cuz and me friend dean who is fighting climate change needs a haircut and he wont get one so i need people to unite and force it upon him.
Petition to Greg Hunt
Swan Valley to have local Pharmacy PBS Approved by Federal Health Minister Hon. Greg Hunt
We the undersigned are residents and / or visitors of the Swan Valley, Herne Hill and the surrounding areas. There is currently no Pharmacy in the Swan Valley region. As there are approximately 5.4 million visitors to the region annually we believe it is in the public interest for the pharmacy to be approved to dispense PBS prescriptions at Unit 1 of Swan Valley Central, located at 660 Great Northern Highway, Herne Hill WA 6056. We request the Minister exercise his discretion under s90A of the National Health Act 1953 approve this application.
Petition to Mayor of Opotiki, David Clark, BOPDHB CEO Simon Everitt, PHA - Graham Smith + CEO, Pouroto Ngaropo, PHO , Whakatohea Trust Board, Opotiki Community, Karen Smith DHB
Keep the Opotiki After-hours Health Care Service FREE
After the closure of the Opotiki Hospital located on hospital hill approximately 25yrs ago. The Opotiki Independent Nursing Services (OPINS) has held the BOPDHB contract which serviced ahrs care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During these 25yrs of service, there was never a fee or charge for this service. This Health Model was a nurse-led service. The problem the Opotiki Community faces under the new Business model of medical care published in the local Opotiki newspaper dated the 6th of Feb. Is: If you access the After hours health center and require to see a doctor face to face in Opotiki. You will have to pay a fee. If you live in Whakatane you have 24 hour free access to health care which includes seeing numerous doctors face to face. If you live down the East Cape you have 24 hour free access to health care which includes seeing a doctor face to face. The on-call nurse will actually come to patients homes and assess the situation and if need be, the nurse is able to contact their local doctor or emergency services. If you live in Opotiki you have access to the after hour health care service for 5 hours Monday to Friday and 14 hours on Saturday and Sunday. Should your health issue requires seeing a doctor (face to face). Opotiki you will be expected to pay. Under the new Model, the collective GP clinics, will not be undertaking any Maternity care. Independent midwives will be responsible for maternity services and no post care hospital stay services are offered in Opotiki. The Opotiki community has lost a free, 24 hour after-hour health care service on the 1st of December 2019. EQUITY FOR ALL. NOT JUST FOR THOSE THAT CAN AFFORD IT I believe the community has not been informed or consulted about these changes: The patients I have seen after 10pm for the last 4 years include: Mothers who can't even call there midwifes to inform them they maybe in labour. As they don't have the money to charge their mobile phones. Nan or Koro attend OPINS with genuine concerns about their moko's breathing. 8yr old children having Asthma attacks. No medication (ventolin) because they can't afford their GP costs to get a repeat script. Chest pain. Heart attacks. Anaphalactic reactions. Just to name a few. Have your say; sign and support this petition for the continuation of FREE after hours health care for the Opotiki community. The purpose for this petition is to provide a vehicle for the people of Opotiki to reveal their concerns to government.