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Update posted 4 days ago

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.

295,644 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Google, Apple, Nic Hopkins

Google & Apple: stop road deaths and injury from mobile phones

Pictured is my cycling teammate Graham. He was a paramedic and a cyclist. Our team would go cycling every Sunday. Recently, that all changed forever. On one of those cycle trips, a driver became distracted using her mobile. Graham was as far left to the shoulder as he could safely be. But her four wheel drive catapulted him off his bike from behind almost killing him. Graham is now a lifelong paraplegic. This picture is the day he was released from hospital 6 months after the accident. He is devastated. It’s heartbreaking. He recently said: "It's the simple things in my life that I miss the most, like holding my wife's hand when we go for a walk. I miss a full body hug.” His life had changed forever. All because the driver was distracted while using their mobile phone. 70% of drivers now admit to using their mobile phone while driving. Distracted drivers from mobile phone use is now regarded as the #1 safety issue on our roads globally. These accidents are completely preventable. Apple and Google have the power and the technology to change this. They could auto-enable their existing “Do Not Disturb” function on their smartphones, which can activate as soon as a vehicle starts moving. You could still use maps and Bluetooth. You just wouldn’t be distracted by notifications or text messages. The current "opt-in" setting isn’t working due to our severe addiction to these devices - so it needs to be opt out, or people won’t use it. If users opt out, then cause death or serious injury, this could then be logged in court. Smartphone distraction on our roads is killing people and ruining lives like Graham’s. We take drink driving seriously. It’s time for our technology companies, Apple and Google, to take responsibility and stop causing deaths and injury by not acting on this.

Klaus Bartosch
33,075 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Australia Health Minister, Sandy Bolton MP - Minister for Noosa

Make Type1 Diabetes tests part of a Doctors standard check – young adults & children

Cameron almost died from undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes....A single finger prick test could have prevented him going into a coma and almost loosing his life...Everyday I read about a child or young adult dying from undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes and  there are many other horror stories similar to Camerons. This should not be happening in our days of modern medicine....  To often Doctors, parents and young adults are missing the symptoms.   A simple blood sugar test should be a routine test when visiting the doctor if you have any of the symptoms for type 1 Diabetes……… We would like to see this test as routine within GP surgeries and clinics as temperature and blood pressure checks are presently. Your signature on this petition really could help save lives and prevent further terrible loss within families. The ideal standard would be for screening of all children and young adults in order to catch this stealthy condition in the early stages. Many parts of the world are seeing the benefit of this screening and are now introducing it, the most recent being North Carolina in the USA. The UK have a petition going at the moment. This change will save lives! Catch Type 1 Diabetes before the Coma! This is my sons story and it will haunt me for the rest of my life.  Cameron was a young and healthy 23 year old FIFO worker. Cam did not live at home and the last time I saw him, I remarked on his rapid weight loss. He dismissed it as the food at camp was awful so he was not eating much. On the 5th of August I had a visit from Cam's flat mate asking if I had heard from Cam as he had been sick and his girlfriend had not been able to contact him since 9pm last night.  I said 'no i had not, but I would be the last to hear as Cam was not a complainer' Later that afternoon I got a call to say Cam was being airlifted to Brisbane.  They did not know what was wrong, just that he had been sick and had taken a turn for the worse..  On the way to the hospital I got a call from the Doctor to say Cam had developed Type 1 Diabetes.  I thought, 'ok we can deal with this'.... Not knowing he was in a Coma and that this was life threatening. He was in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) coma from undiagnosed Diabetes Type 1. How could this even be possible, how could the doctor had missed this on so many occasions? Isn't there a simple test that could have prevented this getting so bad?  Yes there is - A FINGER PRICK TEST... Why was this not done? Cam had attended the doctor in the work camp 6 times over 5 days before his collapse. Including twice the day before his collapse, the doctor was treating him for an upper respiratory infection, they gave him steroids and they felt he was getting better and cleared him for work after his last appointment. My son trusted this doctor even though he felt absolutely terrible. He returning to his room around 6pm after visiting the doctor and sometime later that night he collapsed in his bathroom and was not found until 10.30am the next morning.  When he was found he was barely breathing and was in a very bad way, he had no recordable blood pressure and his sugar level was extremely high (note this is the first time they checked it), his body temp was 28. He was airlifted  to Brisbane to an ICU unit. That night we were told he probably would not make it.  His ketones were 7.6 the highest the ICU doctors had ever seen. His ph levels were 6.7. His HbA1c estimated average was 18.9. Glucose 29.1. His Creatine Kinase 362 (range 46 -171) It was extremely scary. The doctors said even if he did make it he could have brain or organ damage. After several harrowing days and bags and bags of fluids and sedation drugs the doctors took him off some of the sedation drugs to do some neurological tests, He did not respond well and we then learnt that he had developed pneumonia and his blood platelets were low, so he was give platelets. It was not a very horrible day.... I had all sorts of thoughts that we would have to make the some very hard decision in the coming days... The next day they changed him to a new sedative that they had not used in ICU before and it was amazing, he was waking up and responsive, he still had the incubation tube in so could not talk, but could nod or shake his head to answer questions. After 10 days in ICU he was able to move to a ward and start learning about diabetes and insulin injections. If only the doctor had given him a blood sugar test when he presented with flu like symptoms and typical DKA symptoms he would not have gone into a Diabetic Coma and almost died.  We would like to make awareness that flu type symptoms can be Diabetes and the doctors and medics should know this already and should be doing routine blood sugar tests of sick patients with any of these symptoms.  A blood sugar test should be as routine as blood pressure or temperature checks at all doctors visits, especially in children or young adults……… We almost lost our precious son and many other families have had similar experiences as you can read below in their comments.  It makes me cry to read each and everyone of their comments.  We were the lucky ones as many have died from undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes and this should not be happening.  Please spare a couple of minutes to sign our petition to raise the profile of the need to check for Type 1 Diabetes in anyone presented to a health care professional with unexplained flu-like symptoms or general feeling of being unwell, especially if they have any of the symptoms of  Diabetes. .

Janeene Cooke
856 supporters