health and safety

115 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Julie Collins, Richard Colebeck, Julie Collins

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 thanked me 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. Richard Colebeck, 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.

Jane Seaholme
341,111 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to NSW Government

Clean Up Sydney Air

We are Fridays For Future Sydney. We are an organisation created and run by Sydney school kids of all ages. We are inspired by and endorsed by Greta Thunberg. We are starting a campaign to help clean up the air pollution in our beloved city of Sydney. JOIN US! According to the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year "while 1224 Australians lost their lives due to vehicle accidents last year, about 1715 died as a result of vehicle pollution". While the NSW Government works hard and spends large amounts to tackle vehicle accidents they are doing very little to deal with vehicle pollution. The pollution from petrol and diesel vehicles directly increases the number of heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer in Sydney. It causes abnormal lung development in children and is deadly for asthmatics and those with chronic lung disease.  Schools and childcare centres are often built near busy traffic and the NSW government is not protecting our children adequately. Also our grandparents and the elderly population are particularly vulnerable and new research has demonstrated huge spikes in heart attack and stroke deaths on the same days that toxic air pollution spikes. These correlations are supported by the medical profession and there is broad scientific agreement about this dangerous situation. In Britain the problem has become a number one issue with the head of the NHS declaring vehicle related air pollution a health emergency. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, recently reported that "London’s lethal air is a public health crisis - it leads to thousands of premature deaths in the capital every year, as well as stunting the development of young lungs and increasing cases of respiratory illness." WE CALL ON THE NSW GOVERNMENT TO: (1) Increase funding and support in order to help Sydney residents transition to electric vehicles. (2) Urgently transition all buses to electric clean technology. (3) Support households who agree to walk or ride a bicycle instead of owning a vehicle. Increase funding for safe cycle paths and pedestrian spaces.  (4) NSW AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Offer Tax breaks to individuals and businesses who make the effort to transition away from petrol and diesel, whether it be by riding a bike or buying an electric vehicle.  (5) NSW AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Don't put financial pressure on individual citizens, instead offer grants, tax breaks and extra funds to make sure the shift away from air polluting transport does not hurt the bank accounts of individuals, families and small businesses.   

Fridays For Future Sydney
937 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP

Urgent call to employ doctors at Tumut Hospital

There is a lack of doctors employed or locally available on-call for emergencies or anaethetics at Tumut Hospital often for several days a week. Tumut Hospital area of emergency responsibility is 6 times larger than the ACT. Our region is vast and unique including snowfields, Snowy Hydro assets and waterways, forests, large and small communities and highly productive mills of national significance. Critically ill patients are reliant on helicopter and ambulance transport often leaving the community at risk and vulnerable in cases of emergency. PETITIONThe Petition of citizens of Tumut, the Snowy Valleys Council region and Wagga Wagga electorate Brings to the attention of the House the immediate need for two full-time doctors with emergency and anaesthetic qualifications to be employed at Tumut Hospital. There is an absence of an on-call doctor in some instances for several days at a time and a lack of doctors with emergency and anaesthetic qualifications. The Hospital’s area of emergency responsibility is over 15,000 square kilometres about the size of Northern Ireland and the region is unique in its variety of sources for serious large emergencies from the mills, snow fields, waterways, tourist buses, logging, bush fires, and more. If a helicopter is available one or two critically ill patients may be evacuated leaving behind others without the care of appropriately trained doctors and while telehealth is a valuable resource hands-on care from these doctors is essential. Patients are being ferried to Wagga Wagga for non-emergency situations taking paramedics out of action locally for hours at a time. Our citizens deserve appropriate medical care and yet the current situation confirms research which shows that the further away from a metropolitan hospital the greater the delay in receiving appropriate care and the greater the risk of poor health outcomes. The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to call on the NSW Ministry of Health to employ two full-time doctors with emergency and anaesthetic qualifications at Tumut Hospital.

Tumut Community Association Inc.
5,595 supporters