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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to City of Boroondara, Cr Felicity Sinfield, Cr Phillip Healey, Cr Steve Hurd, Cr Jim Parke, Cr Jack Wegman, Cr Coral Ross, Cr Cynthia Watson, Hannah Martin, Sam Taylor

Kew Recreation Centre - the Redevelopment Must Include A Childcare

The City of Boroondara's proposed plans for the Redevelopment of the Kew Recreation Centre do not include a childcare/creche facility. The current centre DOES have a childcare/creche, yet the proposed plans do not include one. The council are requesting community feedback on the proposed plan to help to shape the final design. We have until Sunday 13th October 2019 to provide our feedback as a community to get the new KRC to include a childcare/creche/occasional care facility which is VITAL to our community. Please read & sign this petition to support our community to ensure that the council develop a modern facility that meets the needs of our GROWING COMMUNITY which means it needs to include a Childcare/Creche facility.   My Story: I am a mother of 2 girls currently aged 3 & 7 years old. I have been bringing my children to the KRC childcare regularly over the last 5-6 years. Both my daughters have loved coming to this childcare & still do & I have loved being able to use this facility. Even though the new centre will not be built & finished until approx 2022, you may think this doesn't effect me directly as much, as my children will be at school, but it does. As a community member of Boroondara & as a friend to many other people in our community, I believe that the childcare facility in the new Kew Recreation Centre is VITAL for our community, for future parents, for growing families & for the centre to be regarded as totally inclusive for all members of our community. I, along with many other families of our community have utilised the Kew Rec Childcare in the past & I know many that are currently using it now.  Some are my friends, but ALL are our community members & the centre should provide facilities for ALL of the community which includes having access to childcare at the new centre. Whether they are single parents, or have moved here from another country, or they just might want to look after themselves, or have appointments, they might need time-out from their children, or they just want to go to the gym/for a swim/to a class or to the physio, they may need to take one child to a swimming lesson & need to leave their other child in childcare......these are just a few of the many VALID reasons why this childcare needs to be included into the new centre. Parents (mums & dads) need to be able to know that they have access to a convenient childcare/occasional care facility that is not full day care (which is very expensive & unnecessary for a lot of parents that are not employed). Taking the childcare facility out of the new Kew Recreation Centre & expecting the families that currently use this facility to move to use the childcare at the Hawthorn Aquatic & Leisure Centre or Boroondara Sports Centre is rediculous as these centres might be a short term fix (whilst the new Kew Recreation centre is being built) but this is not a solution for many as the other centres are not convenient for many families. There are other questions that also arise with this short term fix: *Even if some families do decide to use the childcare facility at Hawthorn or Boroondara - can these other childcare facilities cope with the additional demands of families that want to bring their children there? Will they have enough capacity? *Have the other centres been shown the proposed plans of the new Kew Recreation centre? Do they know there is not a childcare facility proposed in the new KRC? *Has council considered the impact that this will have on the other childcare facilities in Hawthorn & Boroordara? Have the members of the community that use the other  centres had their say as well? There is also the problem that our community in Boroondara face, which is that there is not enough childcare, occasional care & 3 year old Kindergarten facilities available as it is already in our area. There are waiting lists on most 3 year old Kindergartens for next year (2020) in the suburbs of Kew, Kew East, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East - which means that the families that can not get their children into 3 year old Kindergarten, need to rely upon occasional care or day care. If the new Kew Recreation Centre doesn't have a childcare/occasional care facility, it is only adding to the problem that we are already facing as a community. Shouldn't council be trying to make things better for our growing families instead of making it worse?  I am sure that the new Kew Recreation Centre will be great, but we need to encourage community members to join & encourage families to utilise the centre & facilities, having a childcare facility is the perfect way to encourage young families to become members. The new Kew Recreation Centre should be about including & accommodating ALL members of the community from very young to older members as it does now but only with better facilities - not be taking away an integral part of the centre. The Childcare educators that all work there are lovely & amazing (as I said before my children love it) & yes I would recommend the childcare to anyone because I know how great it is. It really is a wonderful place for all children & to think that there is no proposed childcare facility in the new Kew Recreation centre for families to use - is absolutely heartbreaking for our community.  If the council members would just put themselves into our shoes, to see how valuable a childcare facility has been for us & will be for our growing community - then they would understand why it must being included in the new centre for future young families in our community.

Vanessa Tripodi
184 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Greg Hunt, Brad Hazzard MP, Jill Hennessy MP, Steven Miles MP, Stephen Wade MP, Roger Cook MP, Michael Ferguson MP, Natasha Fyles MP, Meegan Fitzharris MP, Richelle McCausland (NHPOPC)

Reform AHPRA & Medical Board to stop bullying culture from harming our caring doctors

Medical bullying is prevalent and very serious. It damages our professional integrity and confidence. The victimised doctors have to endure permanent psychological harm which then affects their ability to care for their patients. Some doctors were pushed to depression, self-harm and suicides. The news of doctor mental stress and suicides have caught the public attention, with SBS Insight broadcasting this issue on 20 June 2017. Various organisations including the professional colleges, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), Health Professionals Australia Reform Association (HPARA), AHPRA and the Medical Board have responded with calls to stop medical bullying, harassment and victimisation. The recent events with AHPRA and Medical Board raise serious concerns about the way these regulatory bodies handle vexatious complaints and how they have failed us in stopping medical bullying culture from harming our doctors. Ultimately, this will affect doctors’ ability to care for their patients and drive up the cost of medical care. We strongly believe AHPRA’s claim that ‘vexatious complaints are very rare’ is wrong. There is good evidence linking investigation process by regulatory bodies and doctor suicide. To date, AHPRA has not effectively implemented many of the Senate recommendations on identifying and dealing with vexatious complaints, and many doctors are still suffering under AHPRA investigative process. We need the Australian Commonwealth, State & Territory governments to urgently intervene to reform AHPRA and the Medical Board. And we need your support to petition this matter to our government. Please read our regular updates on this matter and keep sharing with people who care until we see reforms within AHPRA and the Medical Board that will effectively stop this kind of bullying activities. Our caring doctors deserve protection from professional and psychological harm. In memory of some of the many doctors who passed away during their professional life: Dr Chloe Abbott,  physician-in-training from Sydney, NSW Dr Andrew Bryant, gastroenterologist from Brisbane, Queensland Prof Fung Yee Chan, a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist from Brisbane, Queensland Dr Linda Dadds, an anaesthetist from Adelaide, South Australia Dr John Moutzouris, from Sydney, NSW Dr Greg De Patter, psychiatrist-in-training from Melbourne, Victoria Dr Emil Popovic, a neurosurgeon from Melbourne, Victoria. His letter to the authorities before his departure. Dr B A S Russell, GP from Western Australia Dr Owen Williams, psychiatrist-in-training from Melbourne, Victoria

Australian Health Reform Association
13,152 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Greg Hunt, Bronwyn Taylor, Sussan Ley

Government action on mental health

My name is Natasha Flynn. My son Liam Thomas Flynn tragically took his own life at the age of 20. Two and a half weeks before he should have been celebrating his 21st birthday, after many attempted admissions to emergency departments in our public health system, where staff are overloaded and resources too depleted to provide admission and ultimately, care, my son tragically ended his own life. My son put his hand up for help. He was intelligent, articulate and a beautiful soul that helped so many people that were struggling with their own battles. My boy lost his own battle with depression and I know that if he was provided with adequate care and Liam’s attempts at seeking help were listened to and resources were available, that the outcome could have been so much different. Liam was given a referral for emergency drug and alcohol rehabilitation (substance abuse and mental health issues often occur concurrently) by his psychiatrist and my son was determined to find the help that he deserved as a human being. Liam knew his human rights. Instead, he sat for 8 Hours in Campbelltown hospital with a referral stating that he needed emergency drug and alcohol rehabilitation and was denied admission due to lack of bed availability, despite his referral clearly stating that he was vomiting blood from alcoholism. He returned the following day, as instructed by overloaded staff, only to sit for 10 hours awaiting the care that he deserved and he was denied admission for a second day in a row, as there were still no beds available for him to receive the help he needed. It is a tragic story of someone that followed the guidelines of saying they were not ok, and this statement, repetatively fell on overloaded ears. After the court had ruled that my son couldn’t live at home due to his outbursts, Liam reached out many times, with similar outcomes & my boy ultimately stopped reaching out to our overloaded hospital system to tell them “he was not ok & wanted to end his own life” & whilst overloaded clinicians took notes and allowed my son to pour his heart and soul out, he was advised repetitively that there just wasn’t capacity to admit him. My son gave up trying after around 1100 pages of clinical notes were taken about how terribly he was suffering, Liam ultimately decided to end his own life on the 18th of June 2018.  He didn’t reach out that day. He just gave up. He had so many futile attempts at seeking help and was turned away so frequently, that he had lost faith in our hospital system & I know that if he had received care at the times he needed it, that so many lives would be so much different now. Many people have been impacted by his loss. It has led to the trauma and suffering of so many others. This impacts our not just our psyche, but it also impacts economies, families and has far reaching implications for us as a society. Quite frankly, it is inhumane. We continue to lose young souls, that know that the system isn’t working. Liam was the life of the party, the bear hugging, gentle giant that was wise beyond his years and he knew how to articulate his suffering. He put his hand up for help. He had a family and friends that loved him dearly. He just got sick of being ignored and told that there was no availability to provide care for him, in an overloaded system. I met with the previous minister for mental health, last September; Tanya Davies, who has since moved on. I met with our local member, who was Liam’s paediatrician. I spoke to the mental health commissioner; Lucy Brogden at the innovations in mental health forum at UTS last October. I requested a coronial inquest, which is still pending, to highlight this issue, but enough is enough. Too many lives are being lost. I call on the Australian government to provide resources that are fairly distributed where they are most needed, particularly our lower socioeconomic regions and regional areas, as we are losing far too many young lives to suicide. Suicide is the number one cause of death in the 18-45 year old age bracket in Australia (if you take into account ‘accidental poisoning’). We have a national crisis on our hands. Too many young lives are being lost in amongst a drastically underfunded and overloaded public health system. It is totally unacceptable and it is ‘not Ok’... so I would like to know how the government can justify turning people away from hospitals due to lack of resources & isn’t adequately addressing the fact that people are unable to access emergency healthcare when we need it. If help was available, I know my son would have most likely put his hand up and reached out on this very dark day, but he just gave up & I hold our government partly responsible for their lack of adequate funding towards resources for clinicians and hospitals to be able to provide care for those who need it most.  If a patient with a referral due to vomiting blood is unable to access care, then something is drastically wrong with the health system. That patient was my beautiful boy and he is no longer here to put his hand up and ask for help, so I Natasha Flynn (Liam’s Mum) ask you, our ministers & government what you intend to do to help provide the desperately needed funding to address this crisis? I know that the expansion of the new mental health wing at Campbelltown hospital will cater for patient requirements in 2016, upon its completion in 2021, so is not going to be able to provide adequate care for those, like my son; Liam, need it. Desperately. My son was treated with amazing care as a paediatric patient, but as an adolescent was treated in a transactional nature as a young adult, with no continuity of care, by the treating Doctors in mental health. If there was some ‘ownership’ of his case, we would be having a very different conversation and my son Liam would be actively asking you these same questions. On Liam’s behalf, I beg you to provide additional resources to provide our overloaded clinicians with an environment in which they are able to provide the equivalent of patient care. It is unfair to allow staff that are well trained and dedicated to be operating in these conditions, where they are unable to perform what they are trained to do. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is famously quoted as saying ‘first do no harm’, these interactions hurt my son deeply and it is terribly unjust. It did harm him. He opened up and was turned away. Time and time again. I want change. We all do. It is glaringly obvious that we need change, that goes far beyond beuracratic ‘strategic frameworks for suicide prevention’ and changes in ministerial leadership within our government & looks at the fundamentally basic rights of humanity. We don’t need more facilitators directing people to services that are already at capacity, we need more staff in our hospitals that are trained in mental health care. We need to identify the systemic causes of this national crisis and address them. We need a sense of connectedness and community, not a division of regions by tax revenue that receive imbalanced funding. We need a strategic framework of community and humanity, because the humanity in healthcare quickly dissipates under the constraints of an overloaded clinician, attempting to address the needs of many, with no resources to do so. Provide adequate funding for our hospitals to operate as functional healthcare units. This is not a third world country. We have resources that are squandered on defence, sports and we still can’t seem to be able to master the most important thing that most cultures need... and that is quite simply ‘care’... in the most simplistic terminology. We need you to care. Address the crisis in our hospitals and provide care that is much needed, to prevent other families from experiencing the devastating loss that we have all endured. That loss, will not be in vain. I made a promise to my boy and I intend to keep it.  Provide adequate funding for our public hospitals, that is based on population growth, socioeconomic needs and is capable of handling patients that need drug and alcohol rehab and mental health treatment for patients in crisis. The courts seem to find a way to place people there, to reduce their sentences for drink driving, so why can’t our hospitals provide admission for those that really want to get well? I know Liam did. The system just failed him time and time again. He never got his drivers licence. He never got married. He never had children. But he did lose his ID from being robbed on the streets and spent three months relying on the charitable donations of good hearted somaritans, when Centrelink couldn’t pay him, because he didn’t have ID (the police still have that, because I asked for a coronial inquest, over a year ago). Fix our hospitals. Liam’s Mum. Natasha 

natasha flynn
1,704 supporters