Petition to Gladys Berejiklian, Daniel Andrews
My son died at a music festival – don't let any more young people die at Australian festivals
It's every parent's worst nightmare. A young woman has been found dead at Stereosonic festival – just like my son Daniel who died at a music festival in January 2012.My world fell apart when I was called to say my boy had died at a festival. There's no other word to describe it but horror.What devastates me further is knowing we could stop this madness. 5 young people, daughters and sons, have died in a year. My son made a mistake in taking a drug. It wasn't what he thought it was, and it killed him.Doctors and experts are saying Australian festivals need to urgently introduce 'drug checking services' to stop more deaths.They're common in UK and other countries. The 'pill testing' services tell people exactly what substance they would be about to take – and it's helping stop deaths. The Queensland Government are considering it, but too many kids are dying and it's not yet policy.I can't get my son back but I want to make sure no-one else has to go through the hell of losing their child to a mistake like I did.I'm pleading with you – please help me stop more young people dying at festivals this summer. Introduce drug checking services.Please help me save a life by sharing my petition.
Petition to Ken Wyatt, Malcolm Turnbull
Mandate aged care staff/resident ratios. Stop the neglect
This is my darling mum, Phyllis, she had dementia and died in March 2012. Her aged care facility did not care about her. Food is a very important part of care, and often the only thing residents have to look forward to, for many it's the focus of their day. The facility served food that she and others found unpalatable and inedible, cheap junk food, hot food often served cold AND badly cooked to boot! At times she’d go without anything from midday till 8am the next day - that’s 20 hours without food. And she would have starved if I hadn’t intervened, Mum feared complaining because she’d be told off like a child and once was slapped by a staff member. When I complained, the aged care facility threatened me with an intervention order and ten years jail for stalking. And when I spoke out about THAT, people got in touch sharing horror stories of neglect and abuse and thankedme for speaking out – the common thread was shortage of staff and inadequate basic care leading to neglect. Many of the elderly and their families won’t complain for fear of retribution. This is when I realised the lack of staff ratios was a huge problem. With no mandated staff / resident ratios in aged care facilities across Australia, our elders are at risk of abuse and neglect. What I see is a system that needs changing. Over-worked staff are stressed and undervalued. In many aged care homes, one staff member can care for 20 or more residents with residents waiting for long periods to receive the care they urgently need by overstretched carers and nurses who feel that they can never get the job done. Ken Wyatt, if you really care about elderly Australians mandate staff/resident ratios for all aged care facilities across Australia, to protect our elders, to keep them safe,respected and valued.
Petition to Greg Hunt MP
Doctors killed my son with Fentanyl - stop prescribing opioids
My beloved son, Angus, was just 27 when he died. He was an up & coming athlete, and when he was injured playing football he was prescribed a drug 100 times more potent than morphine: Fentanyl. Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous, addictive drug. Angus battled his addiction for eight years, but GPs prescribed him this lethal drug over and over again until it killed him. Days after he died, I found out that thirteen different doctors prescribed my son this drug. Doctors are meant to look out for vulnerable people, not hastily prescribe dangerous drugs to people who are struggling with addiction. Like other dangerous drugs, Fentanyl needs to be highly restricted medication requiring a permit.That’s why I’m calling on the Minister for Health to restrict the prescription of Fentanyl to specialists, not GPs.In the United States, a third of all drug deaths are now from Fentanyl. And it’s already started here, in the six years to 2016, there was a 1,800% increase in Australian Fentanyl deaths. Right now, doctors are handing out this lethal drug like smarties. How many more sons have to die before Health Minister Greg Hunt acts? Please sign my petition below, so we can stop senseless, preventable deaths:
Petition to Australian Government, Cystic Fibrosis Australia, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Bill Shorten
Help make Orkambi accessible on the PBS in Australia!
The government and Vertex were unable to reach an agreement yesterday, meaning that Orkambi has not been approved for the PBS in Australia. Cystic Fibrosis is the most common chronic illness in Australian children. Orkambi is providing CF sufferers with an opportunity for an improved quality of life and normalises some lung functions. Without the PBS approval, this drug will not be accessible for the majority of Australians as it is too expensive. Vertex needs to understand the impact this drug would have on Cystic Fibrosis sufferers and just how devastating this news has been on not only people with CF, but families, friends, loved ones and supporters. Something needs to change!
Petition to Hon. Paul Fletcher MP
Hard to Swallow: NDIS funding cuts leave Ellen at risk of choking.
Sign our petition to get the NDIS to fund vital swallowing therapy. Ellen is 20 years old and has a swallowing disorder called dysphagia. This means she can be at risk of choking or even dying when she swallows. Up until last year she got good specialist therapeutic support for her swallowing problems but the NDIS decided to stop funding this support in 2017. Ellen’s Mum Margaret knows how much better it was for Ellen and the family when these specialist therapeutic supports were funded. “Before the NDIS came …we had all these therapies – speech therapy, OT [occupational therapy] – now the funding is cut. The problem with the new NDIS program is that they think we don’t need things like therapists, OT, physio. We need them… We need them massively included in the NDIS package.” Without this support, every mealtime becomes an everyday emergency for Ellen. The NDIS has the funds for the specialist swallowing therapy that Ellen needs. But the NDIS is now saying it’s not responsible. The NDIS says the health system should fund swallowing therapy. The problem is that the health system does not have the skills to do so, nor does it have the funds – all the NSW disability funding went to the NDIS. The NDIS has got it wrong and this is dangerous for people with disability. Ellen needs these supports in her NDIS package but the NDIS won’t fund them. This has left Ellen’s Mum, Margaret with no other option than to take the NDIS to court. It shouldn’t be like this. Ellen and her family should be provided with the same supports they had before the NDIS was introduced. We are asking new Australian Families and Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher to please resolve this problem and confirm that the NDIS will fund this vital swallowing therapy. For more information about dysphagia and the NDIS, visit our website.
Petition to Toni Gutschlag
Hillmorton Hospital needs a Kaupapa Maori inpatient ward
Hillmorton Hospital is looking at decommissioning the alcohol detox ward (Kennedy ward) to create another adult acute ward to cater to the rising needs of mental health in Christchurch. The CDHB are asking for submissions on what this ward should look like. We are putting forward a proposal for a Kaupapa Maori inpatient unit. Maori are almost twice as likely than non-Maori to commit suicide. Maori are four times more likely to develop schizophrenia than non-Maori. Maori are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital against their will. Some have called these statistics a "culture under siege". Providing a service that caters to Maori needs within Canterbury would be a really good start to begin reducing some of these disparities. Please sign and share to show your support for this awesome initiative. Arohanui!
Petition to SUSAN LEY MINISTER FOR HEALTH,, Michaelia Cash MINISTER FOR WOMEN,, Erin Brochovich, Australian Government -ahra.gov.au
MIRENA CONTRACEPTIVE - AUSTRALIA NEEDS A MAJOR INVESTIGATION INTO MIRENA AND BAYER MANUFACTURE !!!!!!!!!!!
My story is a lot like many other women's who have used the mirena contraceptive many and sometimes major health complcations during and after the use of mirena. I was healthy and after having mirena I slowly started to get sicker there following are the issues I have experiences in 4.5years that I have had mirena that's doctors refuse to acknowledge are linked but I believe are this is why Australia needs to protect its women by thoroughly investigating this matter by issues over past 4.5years as follows : -body aches for me mainly ribs,stomach,hips -anxiety attacks/panic attacks -weight gain -mood swings -bloating/cramping -ringing in ear -tingling limbs -heart papiltations -shortness of breath -Polocystic ovarian syndrome -uterus infection -imbedding of mirena into uterus wall -seizures (later diagonised epilepsy) these are so far all the side effects I have experienced since having the mirena I don't think its a coincidence and I believe women should be given all the facts not just told how fantastic this contraceptive is there are women that have reported many more worse side effects including dieing from blood clots that are linked to the mirena yet doctors fail to mention that this contraceptive has the potential to kill you or limit your life. I want everyone to know the risks so they can make an educated choice my doctor did not inform me of any risks just said how fantastic this was and now i'm living with the choice of using this contraceptive and still awaiting a specialist in order to remove this poison from my body please I ask of any one in power investigate this please do not risk any more women's life's. I cannot change what has happened to me but I hope that I can at least try and prevent any other women from suffering. My journey is still continuing and will update if any other health issues are found as a result of further tests. Just note I did go back and forth to doctors in the past 4.5years and had random blood,urine and internals done and was made to feel crazy until the last week before diagnoses when my body finally started to give up the fight and I had a major seizure, if you are on mirena and feel abnormal please don't ignore and get the mirena out asap.