3 petitions

Started 4 months ago

Petition to Medicare

Ketamine for Chronic Pain - Public Hospital

Give my own experience, I posted on a support group and there was an outpouring of the number of people that have been given the run-around, received the treatment before but now refused it, only been able to receive it as a private patient (which when most chronic illness warriors are either on the DSP or unemployed  due to their illness and can not afford private health) Ketamine is a highly specialised pain management drug. It was invented in the 1960s for use in anesthesia. These days it is mainly used in disaster relief or emergency anesthesia. Vets often use it as an anesthetic agent. Its use in the management of chronic pain arose when people recovering from anesthesia who had chronic pain reported improvements in their pain, which lasted sometimes for months following the ketamine anesthesia. Research into how best to use ketamine infusions is ongoing. The Wikipedia page for ketamine has a lot of background information regarding the use of ketamine in anesthesia, but only a little information about the type of infusion you will be having. My story comes from 5 years of Fibromyalgia along with other chronic illnesses, after my doctors and specialists recommended Ketamine to me as a 75% chance that I will be free of pain, I was excited BUT that is where it stopped, ever since (over 12 months) I have got the run around and told today it is because Medicare no longer cover Ketamine Infusion!What rubbish, it is an effective pain relief that kees people that are constantly in relentless pain cope with their burden of pain without opioids (oxycodone etc) that have a tendency to be addictive medications.Ketamine is given during an inpatient hospitalisation verse oxycodone that sees countless overdoses each year.Sign this petition, give chronic illness sufferers/ warriors a voice and make this treatment available with Medicare as a public patient.

Nicole Pfeiffer
24 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Simon Birmingham, Greg Hunt, Simon Birmingham MP, Malcolm Turnbull

Make Scoliosis screening compulsory in all Australian schools

Please join me in encouraging the Health and Education Ministers in introducing mandatory scoliosis screening in schools. My name is Leilah, I am 22 and I suffer from scoliosis. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, and has various degrees of severity. It’s a condition that affects approximately 4% of the population, or 1 in every 25 people. Some people can lead normal lives with scoliosis, but others require alternative treatments like bracing, monitoring and in severe cases - surgery (spinal fusion). This condition particularly develops between the ages of 9 and 16, and females are 10 times more likely to develop the condition. School screening should be made mandatory because early detection has been shown to increase the effectiveness of treatment. This would incur only a small cost to train a staff member at each school to be able to carry out the basic "Forward Bend" test. This condition has affected my life significantly. I feel pain and discomfort every day, and I know many others who have pain associated with the condition. I believe that early intervention would have improved my quality of life. I created this petition to raise awareness and ensure that students are educated about this in the early stages. Having mandatory screening in schools is the perfect solution to target scoliosis at a point in time where treatment is most effective. Currently, there is nothing in place that will educate young people about the signs of scoliosis and what to look out for. This is troublesome because if the condition goes undetected, early treatments, such as back bracing, can be deemed ineffective. Once a young person reaches around 15/16 years of age their spine is often judged to have matured too much for bracing. This happened to me. By the time I was aware of the condition and went to see a specialist, I was told that I brace would not help me as I was too old. This highlights why detecting the condition early is so important. Early detection allows the condition to be properly monitored, and for action to be taken fast if the curve is progressing. Severe curve progression can cause lung and heart damage, as the rib cage is displaced. Surgery is more effective in adolescents as the healing time is reduced, alleviating problems they may face later in life. Please join me in encouraging the Health and Education Ministers in introducing mandatory scoliosis screening in schools.

Leilah Daniel
5,142 supporters
Started 3 years ago

Petition to Pauline HANSON

Late Abortions are extremely painful for Fetus. They should be Anesthetized before killing

What’s that most extreme form of punishment, which you would never wish for your worst enemy? May be, a very painful death. But what’s worse than that? It’s the fact that you had a choice to make it less painful. There is a famous story about the pain and sacrifice that a mother endures while giving birth. A boy once jokingly asked his pregnant girlfriend - how painful could it be to give birth to a child. Being full of wit herself, she answered - it’s nothing really. Just try this quick test – hold your lower lip and give it a pull. The boy did as instructed. Then she said – now stretch it a bit more. He did. And a bit more, does it hurt now? Yes, a little. OK, now stretch it over your head… You get the idea, don’t you? This story is a favourite with many Pro-Choice Activists, as it helps to explain a woman’s pain to others, who may not otherwise be able to appreciate it, and rightly so.  However, what we don’t know is that the story doesn’t really end there. The boy, almost in tears, holds his girlfriend’s tummy and whispers – now I know. The girl was moved by his sensitive response. She wiped the tears off him and said, don’t worry, I was just joking. Yes, it’s very painful, but since last year, I’ve done a lot of research. There are heaps of Pain Control methods available, that the doctors can use on me, when the time comes. The boy, now inconsolable, says – I know honey, I’m just crying for our baby that you aborted last year. She had his lips, and every other part of her body ripped off – one by one – and yes, only now I know how she would have felt. The above example is not an exaggeration. In fact, no example can make you feel the actual pain of being torn apart alive. But this is not a petition against Abortion, let me make that very clear. I’ll be very truthful here. Personally, I’m against the idea of killing a person (or a lifeform, in case you are Pro-Choice), just because I can. However, if someone is going to be killed anyways, the least I should do is to try to make it painless. We have won this hard fought right for Animals (Stunning before Slaughter), now let’s win it for Humans. Most people have a view that a mother who can kill her own baby must be cruel beyond reason. However, it may not be the case. They may just be as cruel as you, if you are a recreational hunter or love fishing. They feel the same way towards the baby as you feel towards your prey. And at the most basic level of ethics, they are no more cruel than you are. If you don’t believe me, try this simple question. Ask yourself - why is it ok to kill a fish for fun, but not a baby? Because it is human, right? Now comes the second part of the question – why is it ok to kill a fish, and not a human? I bet you can’t answer that one without some amount of hypocrisy. So why should you mothers care about your babies at all? Because you can. Whatever you say in public, I know deep in your heart, you wouldn’t do it if there was another way. There are very few Pro-Choice people who actually love Abortion. What they love is Themselves. It just happens to be at the cost of another Human. So if I say that I’m not against you, but I’m actually trying to help you by making your act less painful, would you not agree? Won’t you sleep better at night feeling less guilty? When your baby gets torn apart, won’t you at least want that to happen in her sleep? For the love of life, won’t you grant her – her Death Wish? This Death Wish is pretty simple: Please apply Anesthesia to the Baby, before killing it. For now, please use 20 Weeks as the cut-off gestational life for the baby to feel pain. However, this should be revised as more scientific evidence is available about the point at which the baby starts to feel pain. I appeal to Pauline Hanson, Member of Parliament, Australia to bring in a Bill in every State / Province that her party holds seats in. Abortion is a state issue. If a state has restricted Abortion to a certain Gestational Age, please ensure that any abortion allowed after this point is carried out under Fetal Anesthesia. (I’m appealing to Pauline because in my opinion she’s one of the few politicians in the country today who puts Conscience before Political Correctness). The State of Utah in USA has already passed such a law in May-2016. Please refer to Senate Bill Number SB234. At this point I think we need to take a pause and settle our emotions down. An emotional appeal is great, but without scientific basis, this would be nothing but rhetoric. Also, I’m not one who would support their claim by saying – “most scientists / doctors back this claim”. Remember, science is not democracy, truth is binary – something is either true, or not. Everything else is an opinion or a hypothesis. With this in mind, here are some truths that are universally accepted as such: By 20 weeks, a baby develops a full nervous system. This system is also connected to the thalamus, the part of the brain responsible for sensing pain. Adults that have lost other parts of their brain due to illness or accident can still feel pain. The baby violently reacts to painful stimuli. This includes, but not limited to sudden and significant increase in heart rate and pulling away from the intruder – all that we adults do under similar circumstances. The most incredible proof of this painful experience is the release of stress hormones in these babies, when they are hurt. The level of these hormones increase with the increase in the applied pain. When these facts are presented to the doctors whose livelihood depends on abortion, they do not deny it. As I said earlier, opinions can differ but truth can’t be denied. What they opine instead is that in spite of these facts, they believe the baby feels no pain. Note the term “Believe”. All these symptoms are nothing but a reaction to a stimuli. Their claim is disproved by the fact that when Fetal Anesthesia is applied, the release of Stress Hormones in the baby reduces significantly. At the end, here are some random thoughts. I refuse to call them “Arguments” as it would be an insult to our intelligence: It’s “My body, my choice” - Application of pain killer to the dying baby doesn’t take away this right in any way, unless this right includes “the barbarity of the kill”. Doctors know better about how to treat their patients – So the baby’s not the patient because she can’t pay, right? How about compulsory Anesthesia for Fetal Surgery? So the doctors would only use anesthesia when their paying client wants the baby? Does it not contradict their argument that the baby doesn’t feel pain? ProLife people are extremist Christians, who misinterpret the bible for their own ideological purpose – I’m not a Christian. Actually I don’t believe God even exists. If basic empathy is only dependent on Religion, it’s a very sad state of affairs. In a few years, these times would be known as the “Darkest period of Human History”, when the most vulnerable section of the Human society was brutalized for mere convenience. By signing this petition, you refuse to be a part of it.

Pradipta Ray
90 supporters