Petition to Greg Hunt
Government Funding for Lupus Research
If you don't know much about Lupus you aren't alone - there is very little public knowledge around this debilitating, chronic disease. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy parts of the body, including vital organs. Sufferers endure chronic fatigue, inability to be in the sun (very difficult in Australia!), chronic pain and illness which affects the ability to work and carry on a normal productive life. There is no cure for Lupus, and there is no single effective treatment, so along with suffering symptoms of the disease, patients also suffer severe toxicity and the risk of long term organ damage from corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs. There is also no singular test for Lupus resulting in many people going undiagnosed, wondering why they feel chronically unwell. Some stats around Lupus in Australia include: 1 in 600 people, or approx 20,000 people in Australia have Lupus 9 out of 10 people with Lupus are women 10% of sufferers will die from this condition before the age of 40 More Australians have Lupus than Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, AIDS and Cystic Fibrosis COMBINED Despite this, there is currently no State or Federal funding in Australia to support Lupus sufferers or research effective treatment or a cure. I want to change this! I want Australia to lead the way and help Lupus sufferers lead normal, full, productive lives. I want this so that my wife who has Lupus can have a life again, I want this so my best-friend who has Lupus can get through the day without pain, I want this so every person who doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning because all it brings is pain and fatigue can wake up excited at what the new day can bring. Please help me and sign this petition for our Health Minister and show how important this is!
Petition to Greg Hunt, NHMRC
I am not a lab tool. Fund non-animal methods of research - not cruel animal experiments
Around 7 million animals are used in research and teaching every year in Australia. Despite our supposed commitment to the 3Rs principle of Replace, Reduce and Refine, Australia has made very little progress in replacing animals in research - as illustrated by the vast numbers of animals used each year (Australia has been cited as the fourth highest user) - and with growing concern within the research community that flawed animal studies are contributing significantly to failures in translational research - this is an area that requires urgent attention. The use of animals in research is, according to the code, for cases where no alternative exists, but alternatives will never exist without support for the development of non-animal based scientific testing. Australian researchers therefore need dedicated funds earmarked specifically for the development of non-animal methods of research – as occurs in other nations. A move away from animal experiments to human-relevant methods of research will not only spare millions of animals from life in a laboratory - it will also mean that research data will be directly applicable to humans and therefore more likely to result in genuine cures.  Taylor K et al. (2008) Estimates for worldwide laboratory animal use in 2005. Altern Lab Anim 36:327-42. http://www.dcn.ed.ac.uk/camarades/research.html Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition (2013)