health and safety
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, Scott Morrison
We need government rebates for the new FreeStyle Libre Glucose Monitor
The New Abbott FreeStyle Libre, (and similar) is a game changer for people with diabetes. This device will save the lives of people with diabetes as well as their 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 costs the user about $50 per week ($2600 per year). The Abbott FreeStyle Libre is not currently subsidised by the Australian Government, 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 people with diabetes. Helping them better manage their diabetes and prevent some of the horrible effects of this condition. Please sign this petition and help get this device and any other similar device more affordable for people with diabetes. Diabetes is not a lifestyle choice; people with diabetes don’t choose diabetes. 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 person with type 1 diabetes who wants this device available for all Australians no matter what their income. This petition is supported by Diabetes Australia
Petition to Daniel Andrews
Victorian Ambo Assault!
We demand the sentencing be reviewed! Mandatory is Mandatory.
We’re meant to have mandatory sentencing laws for violent crimes, but two women who brutally attacked a paramedic while he was resuscitating an unconscious man just dodged jail time. Paul Judd, is the brother of a good mate and a great bloke. As a paramedic he devotes his life to keeping us alive and safe. Paul and his colleague Chenaye were viciously attacked as they were trying to save a life. Two women jumped Paul, punched him repeatedly and broke his leg. Despite the law saying that violent crimes have mandatory prison sentences, they got off scot free. That’s why I’m asking you to join me in calling for a review of the court’s decision. While these women get on with their lives, laughing and swearing outside the court, Paul has still not been able to return to work after three operations. It’s gross injustice and we, the people of Victoria, will not stand for it. We’ve had enough of this leniency and not feeling safe in this state. Our emergency services workers deserve better - we demand the courts to impose the mandatory sentencing required by law to show this appalling behaviour is unacceptable in all cases.
Petition to Greg Hunt MP, Greg Hunt
Provide a rebate for Salt Therapy as it is changing 1,000's of Australians lives!
Salts of the Earth has started this petition to rally support from our clients and from people who have experienced salt therapy that have long term respiratory and skin conditions. Nearly every one of our clients ask if there is a Medicare rebate or if salt therapy is covered by private health insurance. In 2016, Salts of the Earth had 16,000 new clients with 205,000+ appointments in our 19 centres. We have structured our business to the best of our ability to ensure we have affordable options for the people of Australia to use salt therapy on a regular bases as they deserve. Now is your chance to show how important this therapy is to your health and add your name to this petition so the Minister for Health can see our support. The outcome of this petition could see a rebate put in place assisting the Australian public to live a healthier life, which means more productivity, activity, and less congestion in our hospitals. That would be a great relief for Government.
Petition to President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled: (The Honourable)
Re-legalise & regulate Cannabis for personal, medical & industrial use in Australia.
FIND US ON FACEBOOK AND SHOW US SOME LOVE - WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LEGALISEITAUSTRALIA USE THE HASHTAG #LEGALISEITAUSTRALIA WHEN POSTING ABOUT CANNABIS ON SOCIAL NETWORKS TO HELP SPREAD THE CAUSE. It is time to form together as the people of this country and demand this to go forward, if we can spread this petition and get enough signatures we can bring it to the attention of the Australian government after all of these years of trying, let's actually do it! The illegal drug industry is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, all of the profit going to criminals and dangerous organizations. If cannabis were legalised and regulated, the cannabis black market would be entirely eliminated and the immense expenditure on both the war on drugs and the sale of drugs could be turned to far more practical applications like the health & educational systems. In an ideal world, cannabis would be taxed and regulated much like alcohol and tobacco are today. It would be produced in many forms including pre-rolled cigarettes and food products which could be consumed responsibly by citizens within the law. The legal sale of cannabis would be a significant financial boon both to private citizens who choose to enter the industry and the government who can, and should, tax it. The taxes generated by legal cannabis sale would be more than enough to fully fund a thorough and expansive drug treatment program, helping those who wish to quit (other illegal drugs) and rendering aid to those who need it. The money saved on police budgeting from the war on drugs could also be more wisely spent, allowing police to focus on gangs, violence, organized crime, and the prosecution of dangerous, violent criminals. The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is viewed as an overly-progressive, lazy, sin-drenched city by the opposition, however nothing could be further from the truth. The standard of living is very high, legitimate business including coffee shops where cannabis is sold and consumed account for a strong economy, and the crime and murder rate is one of the lowest in the world. In short, cannabis has been legal and regulated there for many years and the walls have not burned down. The regulation of cannabis also allows for many health benefits to those who use it. Modern science has shown that all vertebrates, and even some invertebrates, actually make their own form of cannabis-like compounds inside the body. These chemicals are used to stimulate internal cannabis receptors and control a wide variety of important physiological processes. Studies also show that a lack of actively stimulated cannabis receptors will cause the body to stop functioning properly and develop any number of conditions. Fortunately for science, the receptors also respond to cannabis chemicals originating from outside the body. Because real cannabis is illegal to work with, researchers have created artificial cannabis chemicals to test on animals. Studies show that when applied correctly (not smoked), these chemicals are able to have a positive impact on many forms of illness that currently have no known cure. These include many types of cancer, autoimmune, neurodegenerative, inflammatory, and age related diseases. Today, cannabis is illegal, so there is no regulation of what the drug contains. Unwary buyers of the drug often get more than they bargain for when cannabis is laced with other drugs and other harmful additives. If it were legalised, not only would this harmful practice never occur, but the products themselves could be heavily regulated for health concerns including filtering, and specialized growing and manufacturing. Packages of the legal product would be emblazoned with warnings describing any health risks involved. Australian citizens use cannabis every day. Many of them are in every other way law abiding citizens. Protect the freedom and health of Australian citizens. Demand that our country Re-legalise and regulate Cannabis for personal, medical and industrial uses. ***UPDATE*** We have had our Paypal account restricted & our fundraising funds frozen because paypal believe our petition violates they're terms & conditions. So we aren't fundraising to advertise the petition anymore, Instead we are relying on the viral spread of this petition from you folks :) Please share away on social networks & remember to use the hashtag #legaliseitaustralia when sharing. Chip in to Promote this petition on change.org If you would like to help by sponsoring the petition & promoting it to other people on change.org. Any amount you can donate to the cause gets us one-step closer to achieving our goal of Re-legalising Cannabis in Australia. This grassroots advertising shows the petition to more potential supporters. LIKE US & GET THE LATEST INFO @ OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!
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. Corporations have a Duty of Care. We call on Apple & Google do not just take our money that contributes to their wealth, but also consider their corporate Duty of Care.
Petition to Greg Hunt MP
Don’t leave my baby without a mum - please fund this surgery!
I’m only 26 and my health is rapidly deteriorating from a completely treatable brain condition (called a ‘pineal cyst’). But to treat it I need a spare $85,000. I’ve always worked hard, but this is money I simply do not have. I’m so scared for my future. It’s unfair that, if I was rich, I’d be totally healthy. I’m 27 weeks pregnant. Unless Health Minister Greg Hunt acts urgently, my baby will grow up with a mother who won't properly be able to care for her child. This breaks my heart. All I’ve ever wanted to do is be a mum. My young life has been going downhill. I’ve permanently lost some of my peripheral vision. Already, my driving licence has been revoked once because I have blackouts, seizures and lose consciousness. I want to work full time but have been left with no option but to give that up, too. I live with constant migraines. All this could’ve been prevented if I had the hugely expensive surgery. But I’m determined to fight this. Only one surgeon in Australia - Dr Charlie Teo - can operate on me. And only one man - Greg Hunt - can waive the fee to make it happen. My family need me. My unborn child needs a mum. And I need a life worth living. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. I’m studying to be a nurse but will never finish my degree without this surgery. Please Greg Hunt, allow me to be treated, so I can fulfil my dream of treating others in hospital too.
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: