Petition to St Johns. Attention Medical Director (Dr Tony Smith)
Reinstate John Holmes St Johns Ambulance
If you have ever called an ambulance in Huntly, Ngaruawahia or Te Kauwhata, you will more than likely have been helped by John Holmes. John is such a devoted, caring, highly trained and fully competent paramedic. Please show your support to get John's status as paramedic reinstated. 35 years service to the Waikato, especially Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Te Kauwhata. He is now classed as an EMT - Emergency Medical Technician which means he is not able to insert IVs, give IV pain relief and other drugs and other skills. This decision is very harsh after ONE blemish and really impacts our communities when we are in need of urgent medical treatment. Sign this petition which will be taken to Dr Tony Smith the Medical Director of St Johns. Thank you for your support!
Petition to Gold Coast City Council
Get Gold Coast City Council to Stop Using Glyphosate (Roundup) & Other Toxic Herbicides
Why are Gold Coast City Council still recklessly spraying extremely toxic herbicides like glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup) & 2,4-D (one part of Agent Orange) that have been linked to cancer, kidney failure, gut disease & cell death, all over our roads, beaches, dunes (yep, even the sand dunes), parks & all over nature strips outside our homes, when 17 countries have banned or motioned to ban Roundup (glyphosate), many of which years ago, in a bid to protect the safety of their citizens and resources, as well as several councils also banning its use domestically. The spraying schedule on the Gold Coast is obscene (both the frequency & scale), & unrivalled anywhere else in the world, & you can rest assured that you or your loved ones are inhaling (or absorbing) these highly toxic chemicals on just about any outing in this city. Council are also notorious for next to never putting out the appropriate signage when spraying is in progress, as well as often spraying under inappropriate conditions. Majority of the sprays they use contain glyphosate (look for fluorescent red or green on the median strips, parks & beaches), & even 2,4-D. It is the absolute height of insanity & must be stopped. These substances are also known to pass in utero & have intergenerational impacts https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3270432/ In May, a jury in California ruled that Monsanto was liable for the non-Hodgkin lymphoma of Alva and Alberta Pilliod. The jury ordered the company to pay $1bn in damages to each of them, and more than $55m total in compensatory damages. That decision followed two consecutive trial wins for families taking on Monsanto over Roundup, which research has linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system. There are now in excess of 17,000 lawsuits pending as part of a class action against Bayer Monsanto over health damages from Roundup use. We request henceforth that Gold Coast City Council adopt safe & natural alternatives to the use of highly noxious, toxic chemicals, such as steam-weeding &/or the use of plant-derived formulations, or look at ways to cultivate & accomodate weeds to help curb rapidly dwindling bee populations. Glyphosate: Destructor of Human Health & Biodiversityhttp://www.tonu.org/tonu/MyFiles/02/MF122-Glyphosate_Destructor_of_Human_Health_an.pdf?fbclid=IwAR11DoHXtxHa29lCZwr49wghLlxxEwke0C1SUX_lyNv-bIYLd5mR5GmUwTI&sfns=mo Glyphosate: Root Cause of Inflammation? https://zachbushmd.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Glyphosate-Article-for-Holistic-Primary-Care-3-21-16.pdf Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/weed-whacking-herbicide-p/ Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945755/#CIT0229 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-16/concerned-about-roundup-local-councils-trying-alternatives/10122440?pfmredir=sm
Petition to Tasmanian Government, Rebecca White
Every Australian deserves equal access to abortion
It’s time for me to speak publicly. My name is Angela Williamson. I’m 39 and have three wonderful kids. I was recently sacked by Cricket Australia for tweeting about Tasmania failing to provide accessible abortion services. This year I was one of the first women forced to travel interstate to receive an abortion after the procedure was no longer offered in Tasmania. I flew to Melbourne, alone and scared. I was away from my partner and kids and had to take a week off work, so the trip ended up costing me thousands. I wouldn’t have had to do this if abortion was accessible in Tasmania like it is every other state. On my way home on the plane I was so upset I decided I couldn’t stay silent about this injustice. I took to Twitter - on a personal account - describing the turmoil I went through as a “disgrace”. Then, because I spoke up for women across Tasmania, Cricket Australia fired me. Is this Australia? Is this 2018? I’ve never felt so powerless – first I couldn’t access the healthcare I needed because the Tasmanian government made the procedure inaccessible, then I had Cricket Australia sack me because I spoke up for the women of Tasmania. I’m speaking publicly now, waiving my privacy, because nobody should have to go through what I went through to access a legal health procedure. This is not just a fight for Tasmanian women. This is a fight for women in Cairns forced to fly interstate and women right around Australia forced to spend hundreds of dollars they don’t have on accessing a legal abortion. It’s time to ask why women are paying up to $500 for RU486 - an abortion pill that costs less than $40 on the PBS. And it’s time that all women in Australia had access to safe, affordable pregnancy terminations and contraception. Please join me in calling for affordable, accessible abortion in Australia. We are not powerless when we stand together.
Petition to Peter Dutton, David Coleman
Stop Deportation of Hard-working Single Mother and Aussie Boy.
I came to Australia from Vietnam in 2009 with my boy, Billy, when he was just a baby. I tailored my studies to fit the needs of Australian society so I could contribute my skills to the community. I studied early childhood education and moved to a regional area to fill the shortfall of childcare workers in the region. Unfortunately, this is where my problems began - an outdated, and now amended rule stopped regional workers with Hepatitis B from applying for permanent residence. Little Billy has grown up an Aussie through and through. He doesn’t speak Vietnamese. This is the only life he has ever known. Now we are being deported from the country we call home. I am very concerned about Billy’s future. There are no provisions in the Vietnamese education system to support native English speakers. My son deserves to grow up as an Australian because that is who he is. I arrived in Australia with dreams of being part of a fair country where hard work is rewarded. I have invested over a decade in Australia, working extremely hard and immersing myself in the Australian community. Yet, my case was dismissed by the ministers’ office, despite positive recommendations from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and over 50 personal letters of community support! This is the most frustrating part of our ordeal: as of July 1, the government has changed immigration health rules for migrants with medical conditions. This transforms the way a visa applicant’s potential burden on the health system would be calculated. If I applied today, my condition would be assessed differently. Sadly, this change has come too late for me and my son and they refuse to re-open my case. The immigration minister still has the power to intervene. David Coleman can save Billy from being deported to a country he doesn’t know, filled with people speaking a language he won’t understand. With less than a month until we are deported, I feel like Billy and I are vulnerable birds. Australia is our nest, our home, our shelter. Let us stay where we belong. Please help me and my son by signing and sharing this petition. You can see my interview with Studio10 here. Thank you, Sidney
Petition to Jenny Mikakos
Insecticide Spraying Across Victoria – Extend Community Consultation Submission Date
On the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, we have a problem with the possibility of a mass spraying of peoples' homes over an area of 25 square kilometres in an "experiment" to see whether Buruli Ulcer is being spread by mosquitoes. No link has been proven between mosquitoes and the spread of the disease, so culling mosquitoes, as "experimental" logic would have it, is vital to proving this link. But why embark on a mass spraying program? And why choose to spray with Bifenthrin, an insecticide which was banned in Sweden as a carcinogen as far back as 1992 and is today classified in Australia (according to its Data Sheet) as a 1B for carcinogenicity, meaning that it is presumed to have carcinogenic potential for humans, largely based on animal evidence. For the moment the excitement has died down, with the community having voiced fairly strong disapproval of the spraying, particularly in light of the revelation that a reduction in the number of mosquitoes can be achieved using other much safer methods. The Mornington Peninsula Shire is requesting expert advice on the various issues involved and plans to consult more thoroughly with the community. The Shire also talks of offering an ‘Opt-in’ program for those residents who want their properties sprayed. The Federal Minster for Health, Greg Hunt, deemed this a 'very positive change' worth considering when he spoke at the public meeting held in Rye on August 10, 2019. Unfortunately, the Victorian State Government might have other ideas… * Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations Review On August 20, 2019, the Andrews Government released on it’s ‘Engage Victoria’ website a Community Consultation regarding proposed legislative changes to the Public Health & Wellbeing Act INCLUDING proposed changes regarding the control of vector-borne diseases, mosquitoes in particular. The Government wants to change legislation so they have the power to spray insecticide without community consent under a hypothesis that mosquitoes need to be controlled as a vector for disease. The current legislation only allows for the control of Mosquito’s at the larval stage. The proposed legislation seeks to control Mosquito’s at all stages, which can only mean that larvicide, residual sprays and fogging will become legislation under the Health and Wellbeing Act. Link 1: The full consultation can be found here - https://engage.vic.gov.au/phwr-sunset-review Link 2: The regulatory impact statement for vector-borne disease control can be found here -https://s3.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/hdp.au.prod.app.vic-engage.files/5215/6592/0323/Sunset_Review_of_Public_Health_and_Wellbeing_Regulations_RIS_-_Chapter_1_Vector-borne_infectious_disease_control.pdf This impact statement is somewhat deceptive. On page 19 we are offered 3 options: • Option 1: Retain the current regulations without changes • Option 2: Amend some aspects of the current regulations • Option 3: Remove or reduce the requirements of the current regulations Option 2 is what the government is hoping we will support, without qualification...however, it is quite misleading in that there is no mention of insecticide spraying in the ensuing discussion of what the three options actually call for when it comes to mosquito control. The only mention of insecticide spraying is to be found on page 18, discretely tucked in at the end of a short section entitled 'Hazard': The current regulations limit the potential to control the hazard and do not address alternative control practices such as adult mosquito spraying or residual insecticide application. Submissions can be made until September 30 by clicking on Link 1 above. * A 6-week time limit for an entire state to discuss such a vital change to our legislation (i.e. the spraying of highly toxic chemicals around our homes without an opt-in mechanism for residents to decide for themselves) is absurd. We are already doing untold damage across our state, indeed the entire country, through the spraying of environmentally destructive herbicides, pesticides and insecticides.(https://pesticides.australianmap.net) Giving a bureaucracy the unimpeded right to do so with scant regard for ecosystems, communities and citizen input is foolhardy in the extreme. Earlier this year, on March 19, the current government sprayed three streets in Rye as part of the Buruli experiment (Dawn, French & Goyarra Streets) with neither an opt-in or opt-out measure offered to residents living on these streets, resulting in great distress for the residents and the loss of 3 hives to a local beekeeper. (https://pesticides.australianmap.net/location/victoria/) And indeed, so much more tellingly, the hellish trauma that Barwon Heads is still living through, where a decades-long fog of toxic insecticide has given way to a fog of grief and despair, says all we need to know.https://7news.com.au/news/vic/cancer-cluster-fears-calls-for-inquiry-to-reveal-if-chemicals-caused-deaths-c-83734 We need to be working WITH our environment and thinking creatively. There are healthier and kinder ways of interfering with mosquito populations like removing stagnant water and building micro bat nesting boxes. Council vigilance in terms of checking houses for places where mosquitos breed is another way to curb the incidence of disease. Townsville got rid of Dengue Fever outbreaks completely by releasing 4 million mosquitoes carrying the Wolbachia bacteria:https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-city-beats-dengue-fever-using-special-mosquitoes-180969857/ We need 'alternative control practices' that do not destroy fragile ecosystems, wipe out innumerable insect species and small creatures, and give birds, animals and humans cancer and other horrific diseases. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION URGING JENNY MIKAKOS, THE VICTORIAN MINISTER FOR HEALTH, TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO GIVE ALL VICTORIANS ADEQUATE TIME TO LOOK INTO THE ISSUES AND CONTRIBUTE.
Petition to Director of NSW Creative Kids Program
Cooking Workshops need to be recognised as a Creative Kids Program by the NSW Government.
Cooking is not only a wonderful way for children to explore and learn about different cultures but also a beautiful way for them to express themselves. The art of cooking is an extremely important life skill for children to learn and carry with them throughout their life. Learning how to cook will certainly help boost the confidence in these children and ultimately enables them to realise what they are capable of achieving. My focus is on teaching children how to cook and try healthy wholesome foods. My personal mission is to empower children to explore, learn and believe in themselves. I want to be part of the Premier’s Priority vision established in 2015, with the goal of reducing the rate of overweight and obesity in children by five percent over 10 years. Let's #makehealthynormal starting with our own community. We feel that the NSW Government has made a brilliant effort in addressing a number of important health issues. These include the Nutrition in Schools Policy and assisting families by introducing the Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers. Cooking needs to be part of the Creative Kids Program. I believe cooking is vital to a child’s development as it nurtures their creativity and helps their visualisation skills through producing edible art. The skills and knowledge that they will inherit from cooking will contribute positively to the overall wellbeing of these children for years to come. I would love for everyone to join my mission and make this initiative happen. Yours sincerely, Trinh Mai
Petition to Greg Hunt, Catherine King, Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten
Aimovig on the PBS and more support for migraine
TL:DR - We're asking both sides of politics to show some #migrainelove and commit to funding for migraine research and awareness, and to putting new medicines that prevent migraines on the PBS (the first one is called Aimovig). And we're asking for those commitments before the Australian Federal election on May 18, so those who want to vote on this issue know who to vote for. Please sign and share! ---------------------------------------- Migraine affects an estimated 5 million Australians. That's double the number of people living with asthma, 5 times as many people with diabetes, 10 times as many people living with cancer or dementia. It costs the economy an estimated $35 billion a year. Migraine is an ignored, underfunded and misunderstood condition. It is not 'just a headache'. It is a debilitating and disabling condition which disproportionately affects working age women. We don't begrudge other unwell people the support they get, but yet another budget and (by the looks) another election campaign where we don't even rate a mention is not ok. Migraine is the least-respected, most-neglected and worst-managed medical disorder worldwide, and we're tired of being ignored. Far too many migraine sufferers in Australia are permanently disabled. Especially those with chronic migraine (more than 15 headache days per month), migraine with aura (seeing lights or blind spots, other sensory disturbances or speech issues), hemiplegic migraine (which causes weakness and numbness down one side), and brainstem migraine (which can involve everything from loss of balance, hearing and speech issues, to loss of consciousness). We can't drive, work, take care of our kids, or have anything that resembles a normal life. Reliant on a disability pension or family support, we are dumped on the garbage heap of the nation and forgotten. A new class of medications based on science around the role of calcitonin gene-related peptides (CGRP) has given us the very first ray of hope in getting our lives back. The first of four drugs in the new generation of migraine preventative treatments, Aimovig, is being trialed by many chronic and severe migraine sufferers with truly amazing results. We can drive again. We can work again. We can take care of our kids again. But the cost is $800 per injection. We need Aimovig to be on the PBS now so we can get off our disability pensions, stop being a constant drain on the health system, and get our lives back. Far too many have trialed Aimovig for the 3 months that Novartis has offered it for free, had fantastic results, and then slid back into the darkness of relentless migraines because they can't afford the $800 per injection. We need this medicine. Now. We also need funding for migraine research and awareness. We don't understand so much about our condition, because the research simply isn't done. There has not even been a decent study on how many Australians are affected by migraine or how much money it rips from the economy: statistics are based on overseas studies. And a campaign to raise awareness of the condition is desperately needed, so that everyone can understand how serious it can be (particularly the increased risk of stroke), that common treatments like codeine can make it worse, and that there are migraine specific treatments available, including Triptans and the new generation CGRP preventative treatments. To whomever the Prime Minister and Health Minister is after the election, we need: - Aimovig on the PBS urgently- Priority listing to the other CGRP treatments such as Emgality and Ajovy as they become available- Funding for research and awareness of migraine And we'd like you to commit to these three things as part of your election campaign so we know who to vote for. #NoAimovigNoVote — If you suffer from severe or chronic migraines we recommend the following Facebook groups: Australia - Aimovig migraine treatment group https://www.facebook.com/groups/483047905440716 Chronic migraine awareness Australia and NZ group https://www.facebook.com/groups/CMAAussieNZ Australia Hemiplegic and Chronic Migraine Support Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/australiahemiplegicmigraines/
Petition to Coles, Woolworths, Alpro, IGA
Bring Alpro dairy free products to Australian supermarkets
Delicious, inexpensive and with a huge range, Alpro offers Australian vegans and lactose-intolerant folks a large variety of great-tasting soy-based "dairy" products. Alpro offers the only dairy-free yoghurt that is actually very high in calcium and protein. Alpro huge range includes yoghurts, cream, icecream, milks, and delicious dessert pots! Additionally, Alpro has also a sustainability focus and is pioneering the 'One Planet Thinking' initiative. -- What's not to love? They are available all across Europe in mainstream supermarkets, and should without question be available across Australia too. Please join me in petitioning Alpro, Coles and Woolworths to bring the Alpro range to mainstream supermarkets in Australia!