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The Sydney Southwest Area Health Service is planning to cut crucial services from their Early Childhood Centre Program.
One of the main changes includes the ceasing of the Tuesday morning drop-in service in the Balmain Early Childhood Centre (and no doubt other centres as well). This change will come into effect in mid-December and this decision was implemented without any consultation with the community at large.
The drop-in service has provided regular and accessible help to many parents in an informal setting and has also provided an important supportive forum for many parents to meet other parents.
It is essential for many parents to help care for their young children because babies needs are often immediate and cannot wait until planned appointments which are only available weeks in advance.
Many parents in Balmain are from interstate, overseas or country areas and are separated from their support networks. They rely heavily on formal services for support.
More changes - such as ceasing information forums like 'Introducing Solids' - are planned and something needs to be done to show the SSWAHS that these services are vital for the health and well being of our babies and parents and to ensure that no more services are taken away.
Please help us protect the mental and physical health of our babies and parents in Balmain and other suburbs within the Sydney South West Area and sign this petition to have our Early Childhood Services re-instated and to ensure that future changes to the Early Childhood Program be thoroughly debated by the community.
272. Save The Planet
The vision of Save The Planet is to contribute towards the creation of a Planetary Peace Culture looking to life and common humanism as the core values for a sustainable society.
During the last few decades, a radical change has occurred in humanity's awareness of itself. In simple terms, we have, over the millennia, translated ourselves from "oneness to aloneness".
The truth is that all life on the planet is connected. This newly acquired state of aloneness and alienation causes considerable discomfort. this initiative attempts to understand what we have become and illuminates our future potential.
Humankind has reached a state of development in which old modes of thinking and behaving threaten to destroy our planet. This is becoming patently obvious to people of all political and religious persuasions. We are living through a global crisis in which only a profound revolution can save us from total self-destruction. Those of us who are dedicated to the preservation of life must play a prominent part in this revolution, which calls for a substantial change in our manner of thinking.
On social, environmental and health fronts we are confronting a critical transition. We are facing the results of an epistemology which focuses on material and rational values, human supremacy and competition for domination. Will this transition be into chaos and destruction or will it be into the new paradigm based on spiritual, ecological connectedness and cooperation.
Save The Planet aims to contribute towards this next great global step - The Final Frontier, acknowledging the common ground of humanity and its connectedness with all life.
Save The Planet is an Initiative which aims to create a global alliance of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace in which we all live in freedom, harmony, cooperation and co-prosperity.
We have come together as concerned Global citizens realizing that with increasing Global population requiring more and more resources with tremendous inequality of distribution our planet is reaching breaking point in terms of economic and ecological crises.
This is having profound social and cultural effects. We require urgent ecological, social, economic and political solutions to problems which affect billions of people if we are to survive sustainably.
Save The Planet calls for spiritual, ecological and holistic world views, derived from perceptions of connectedness and interdependence.
The essence of a sustainable future lies in the quality of the individual and their positive contribution to society. Optimization of health and lifestyle for every person is the key to our future.
Will you register your ownership of the Planet by signing our petition , that we may widely promulgate this message in order to take action to Save The Planet
Save The Planet is dedicated to creating a world model which:
1. FORMULATES a program to save the earth for future generations.
2. RECOGNISES the necessity for global cooperation and awareness to address global problems.
3. HONOURS the basic dignity and wholeness of each person.
4. BRINGS TOGETHER - on a Global and Non-Sectoral Basis the means of making contact with others involved in diverse aspects of global healing and concern for planet Earth through the use of global communications networks.
5. BRINGS TOGETHER PEOPLE FROM COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY who are able to deliver presentations which energise an entire global commercial community to develop "new ways", whereby we can reverse the demise of planet Earth.
6. ADDRESSES the Global Environment Problem directly and implements solutions and aid strategies in ways which governments cannot.
7. PRESENTS NEW TECHNOLOGIES which are environmentally friendly, conserve energy and water and encourage organic and innovatory farming.
8. ENHANCES THE COOPERATIVE EXCHANGE OF INNOVATIVE KNOWLEDGE for the future, where the role of industry is paramount through speakers, representatives, displays, technology and sponsorship.
Narcolepsy and Cataplexy are incurable conditions which are inter-linked. They cause problems for the sufferers due to the spontaneity of the condition and the severity of it, causing any situation to become dangerous.
Cataplexy is, in brief, a condition in which heightened emotions cause muscles to weaken, making the sufferer collapse, which can potentially and almost always be life-threatening.
Narcolepsy, in brief, is a condition in which the sufferer sleeps excessively and experiences hallucinations and sleep paralysis on a daily basis.
This can be distressing and painful for everyone involved and so medication to control the conditions is essential in most cases. This medication can drastically change a life and allow sufferers like me to work and live almost as normal.
Soliris is the first drug of its kind to treat the symptoms of Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria, a rare and serious haemolytic anaemia. It has been developed and run in trial in the UK, North America and other European countries for the past four years and is extremely successful in symptom management of PNH.
Patients in the United Kingdom are now being told that this drug and specialist clinics may not be funded by the NHS for the small number of patients who need it because of the high cost of the drug. Health and lives are being measured against cost effectiveness.
The UK is currently the only country not to fund Soliris for patients after it has been licensed.
Without Soliris, patients are chronically ill. Soliris ensures management of symptoms and quality of life for PNH sufferers.
Please go to http://pnhlondon.wordpress.com for more details.
The above blog gives insight, from a patient's perspective, into the success of Soliris as symptom management medication and the improvement in the quality of basic life for PNH patients.
We ask Health Minister, Dawn Primarolo to:
(a) accept the medical advice of the consultants who were researchers on the trial in their recommendation of Soliris as a treatment management drug for PNH;
(b) accept the results of the trial studies to date, all of which support the vast improvement of quality of life for PNH patients;
(c) expand the provision of Soliris to patients who were not on the original trial to ensure access to humane health care to PNH suffers in the UK.
Animal Planet succeeds too often and while the animals are being brought in for health checkup if they are of a certain breed usually Pitt Bulls they get Euthanized before they complete their health status..or more often if a animal is too thin and has a biting habit due to being mistreated by co-owners they also get Euthanazed..to all respect of Animal Planet I am assured that they take into consideration of these animals but is to why they suggest Euthinzation is beyond me some of these animals are healthy..they just need training, like a lost child you have to re-introduce the reality of patience.
The MedicPro S and Medicpro L Therapeutic Trainers were designed for use in speech and physical therapy. Medicpros are helpful tools, but are made in latex only - no websites have ever sold a silicone Trainer.
For those who have latex allergies, latex can be harmful or even deadly. Silicone Medicpros should be a solution to this problem.
SAFER STREETS FOR HILL HEALTH CENTER – COLUMBUS AVE. OFFICE
As a supporter of this petition, I am hereby requesting that the City of New Haven get involved in assisting to resolve the continual problem of speeding traffic that we are experiencing, hoping to gain the respect for the crosswalk that is in front of the Hill Health Center on Columbus Ave and Surrounding territories.
Our Center serves over 150,000 patients a year and it is vitally important to us to follow up with the safety of the patients and together as a community begin to make the necessary changes in this crosswalk zone. It would be devastating to have someone get hurt or killed before something positive happens and in order to avoid this, I sincerely urge the City of New Haven to enforce a method of safety (perhaps a stop light) for our patients who remain at risk.
Employee & Resident
of New Haven
Petition to oppose changes under South Australia’s Country Health Care Plan that reduce Hospital Services in country South Australia.
This petition is supported by the:
• Australian Nursing Federation (SA Branch);
• Council of Remote Area Nurses Inc;
• Health Consumers of Rural and Remote Australia Inc;
• Rural Doctors’ Association of South Australia Inc;
• Women in Agriculture and Business of SA Inc.
Please join this petition to pressure Ontario to provide care to Szymon. He suffers from a very rare genetic disorder called Hunter's Syndrome or MPS II.
This devastating progressive syndrome affects the whole body, major organs, joints.
Currently the Ontario drug plan refuses to cover the cost of a therapy which not only could dramatically increase the quality of life of Szymon but is also potentially life saving. This treatment is funded in British Columbia and Alberta. Medicare should cover everyone regardless of the illness or location.
More info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odUrHuIRD2s
RSV is the most common cause of lower-respiratory-tract infection in infancy or childhood. RSV causes cold-like symptoms that can trigger chronic breathing difficulties if the lungs become involved. RSV occurs in seasonal outbreaks, usually through autumn to winter. In Australia the risk of catching an RSV infection is at its highest from May to October.
Prevalence and Risk
RSV is highly contagious. Approximately one-half of all infants are infected with the RSV during the first year of life and nearly all children have been infected at least once by the time they reach their second birthday.
Up to 90 per cent of bronchiolitis hospitalisations and up to 50 per cent of hospital admissions caused by winter pneumonia are caused by RSV.
Diseases of the respiratory system account for the highest proportion of all admissions to hospital in children aged 1-14 years, according to the latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Babies born prematurely as well as those with chronic lung disease or congenital heart disease are at the highest risk of severe disease and hospitalization due to RSV. While adults and healthy children can normally cope with the mild cold-like symptoms of an infection, at risk infants are at a high risk of being admitted into hospital. In babies who are born prematurely or who have lung or heart complications, RSV may cause life-threatening conditions requiring intensive care.
Why are premmie babies most at risk for RSV infection?
Pre-term infants are at the highest risk for serious RSV infection and related hospitalisation. Premature infants have underdeveloped lungs, which can be a contributing factor to increased risk for RSV disease and cardiopulmonary complications.
Infants with a congenital heart disease (structural or functional defect in the heart that is present at birth) or a chronic lung disease are also at increased risk of developing severe RSV disease, hospitalisation and death.
Other risk factors for severe RSV disease include low birth weight (less than 2500 grams or 5.5 pounds) and a compromised immune system.
Other contributing factors are exposure to tobacco smoke, having school-age siblings, attending daycare and living in crowded conditions
Effects on Families
Parents of infants born preterm experience an enormous amount of emotional trauma, stress and grief dealing with the complications surrounding the early arrival of their child and the lengthy hospital stay that follows. The average duration of hospitalisation for these premature infants is seven weeks. In addition they have to live with ongoing health concerns and problems with their children. The readmission of the at risk infant due to RSV presents considerable further burdens, both emotionally and financially, to these families; and to the public health system. These infants are at risk of intensive care admission, long term lung damage and in rare cases death. For families in regional areas the cost of readmission is considerably higher. Thus they live in fear of their child being readmitted to hospital and isolate their child from the rest of the community to prevent this occurring. For those with other children another hospital stay will mean more disruption for the whole family with siblings often failing to understand why mum is away so much of the time.
Susan, mum to Connor born at 26 weeks and now 2 years old explains “I am at the doctors with Connor whenever he has the slightest cough to ensure that he is okay and live in constant fear of him being sick. I have become germ phobic and very aware of sick people in shopping centres etc. – I have never placed Connor in a shopping trolley and I keep antibacterial handwash in my purse at all times. I tend to keep Connor more isolated during the winter / flu season which is detrimental to him both developmentally and socially. I know the majority of people think I am overly protective but any mum in a similar position would do the same to protect their child. The greatest issue to our family has been the isolation factor and watching Connor having to miss out on many fun events and parties. This just breaks my heart .”
RSV in Australia?
There is currently no vaccination available for RSV. One medicine has been registered in Australia to prevent serious lower respiratory tract disease caused in children at high risk of severe RSV infection. This medication is called Palivizumab. However, the medication is currently not funded by the Federal Government making it very costly to the Public Health System or parents wanting their children to receive it. The costs range up to $1000 per injection (depending on the size of the baby or child) and the injections should be given over at least a 6 month period. Thus the cost per year for the first two years of a high risk child’s life are in the region of $16,000. Such a high cost makes the medication unreachable for most parents of preterm or seriously ill children with chronic lung disease or heart conditions.
Surveillance of viral pathogens in Australia: respiratory syncytial virus. Paul Roche, Stephen Lambert, Janeane Spencer. Communicable Diseases Intelligence: Vol 27, No 1. 2003
Australia's Children: their health and well-being 2002. Fadwa Al-Yamin, Meredith Bryant, Hilary Sargeant. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Canberra. AIHW Cat. No. PHE 36. Canberra: AIHW.
Report of the Australian Paediatric Care Registry (ANZPIC): 2003, 2004, 2005.
Mental Health history is sad and unfortunate. Conditions are improving. People are still subjected to involuntary admissions, solitude, excess drugs, electrocution, and lack of factual disclosure of treatments.
Mental phenomena cannot be proven true or false, hallucinations, delusions and paranoia may be based on real experience, and need not be condemned.
4WardEver UK and The United Families & Friends Campaign challenges the Prime Minister to intervene in what we believe to be a lack of justice for families following a death in custody.
What We Demand:
-Deaths must be investigated by a body that is genuinely independent of the
-Prison & Mental Health deaths must be subject to a system of properly funded
investigation independent of the Prison Service and Health Service.
-Officers involved in custody deaths are suspended until investigations are
-Prosecutions should automatically follow 'unlawful killing' verdicts at inquests.
-Police forces are made accountable to the communities that they serve.
-Legal Aid and full disclosure of information be made to the relatives of the
-Officers and staff responsible for deaths should face criminal charges, even if
The following are statements from affected families:
"The struggle for justice for all the others that have died at the hands of the
state, goes on. We ask people to support us."
"It is not in the public interest for the victims of deaths in custody to be denied”
Cannabis is an illicit drug in Australia, even as a medicine. Cannabis has been used successfully as a medicine for over 5,000 years all across the Globe.
We believe it should be re-instated as a choice of medicine for those who know it can/does help them with their disorders, such as overcoming them or keeping them under control and relieving negative aspects of the disorder.
Since transgenic foods have made their way onto this country's grocery shelves, many concerns have been voiced by several different groups- from those to do with the biodiversity and biological piracy in developing nations to health concerns regarding unforeseen allergic reactions and antibiotic resistance as well as environmental repercussions such as cross-pollination of non-transgenic crops by transgenic crops and new strains of plants created through the natural flow of genes from one species to another in addition to more resistant pests and weeds.
In addition, the lack of specific labeling for transgenic food products, combined with the lack of long-term testing on the effects of transgenic foods on humans, denies the consumer's right to choose between transgenic and non-transgenic foods and makes us all guinea pigs in the world's laboratory.
This is unacceptable.
Australian Dr John Holt's radiowave therapy is an alternative treatment for cancer that does not have side effects like chemotherapy.
There is a clinic in WA and one in Ireland. Jenny Barlow is trying to set one up on the East Coast of Australia to reduce waiting lists in Australia and also provide sick patients on the Eastern Seaboard with treatment as they can not travel to WA or overseas.
Radiowave therapy uses a specific frequency of 434 MHz (megahertz) in the UHF (ultra-high frequency) band to stress or activate cancer cells so that they can then be killed.
Dr Holt treated thousands of patients with one or other of his two radiowave therapies over a period of 30 years.
One of the worst problems facing America today is it's increasing levels of overweight and obesity. "A recent report published by a research team at Johns Hopkins University predicts that if current trends continue, by the year 2015, 75 percent of all Americans, including 24 percent of all children and adolescents, will be overweight or obese" (PCRM).
These numbers are astonishingly high, so health has become a key issue. One main focus has grown on the influence of American schools.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), established in 1946, is one of five federally funded child nutrition programs which provide meals to children across the country daily. "Schools participating in the NSLP receive cash subsidies and commodity foods for each meal served and bonus commodities, as they are available from agricultural surplus. In return, schools must serve lunches that meet federal nutrition requirements" (PCRM).
Unfortunately, there are many factors, including financial constraints and outdated federal requirements, which permit schools to serve unhealthful food.
"One of the most significant roadblocks to change is the USDA’s commodity system. Each year, the USDA purchases hundreds of millions of pounds of pork, beef, and other animal products, primarily as an economic benefit to agricultural interests, and donates them to the NSLP and other food assistance programs. Unfortunately, these “entitlement foods” are almost all unhealthful foods. This system makes it easy and inexpensive for food service directors to choose chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and other high-cholesterol, high-fat foods" (PCRM).
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's (PCRM) "Healthy School Lunch Campaign was established in 2001 to help protect children’s health and to reduce childhood obesity rates by increasing the availability of healthful plant-based foods in schools" (PCRM). "To earn a high grade on PCRM’s School Lunch Report Card, school districts must go above and beyond USDA requirements, which many nutrition experts believe are inadequate" (PCRM).
Since the induction of the Healthy School Lunch Campaign, many school districts have begun to increase the availability of healthy vegetarian and vegan entrées. And while a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is an entirely acceptable vegan option, some schools have even begun to offer more creative and tasteful options, such as veggie burgers and extended salad bars. These advances have been highly praised and are the initial steps which will lead today's generations into a more healthy, productive future.
These are changes that we hope to be seen in our own schools and community. We hope that Murrieta Valley High School may take the lead in providing healthful food options which may promote a more successful, healthy future for it’s students. We know that a productive life begins with a positive diet. For those who already choose to eat healthfully, as well as those who have not been given the option, we are for the better availability of food which is nourishing for both our bodies and minds.
1 in 4 children in Australia are overweight. Their is talk from the Health Minister that a junk food ad ban may take place during 9am - 6pm.
Please see Richard & Joey Marc who created the highly successful book Please Mum Don't Supersize Me!
We believe the population of the United Kingdom, should be allowed the right to use medicinal Cannabis for muscle spasms, pain relief and other medical conditions, where Cannabis is found to help people, without fear of prosecution.
I and many other UK citizens use Cannabis for medicinal reasons. Whether we use Cannabis to help with conditions like; cancer, pain, muscle spasms or other medical conditions where Cannabis is found to help.
We all use for one reason and one reason only, the NHS cannot control our medical condition’s but cannabis does!
We cannot all be wrong, we know we are right, because of cannabis we can now lead a better way of life.
We want to be legal to use Cannabis and help ourselves as the NHS has failed us all.
I and others have had a MP, Dr and a top pain consultant, write to the heads of heath requesting me to be able to get cannabis via the NHS. all application have failed.
Me and many other people, write to the government of the UK asking for the help we desperately need as the NHS has failed us, you never get a reply.
If you call the government you get hung up on. If you fax them you get no reply!
Why is the government of the UK leaving us to rot with medical complications which cannabis improves!
To top it all off with 10 Downing street, I applied for this petition to be placed along with there e-petitions. It got refused 3 times. I even placed a request to contact me via telephone if there was a problem listing it. I never even got a personal email back from the government.
This petition will be delivered to Downing Street on the 25th of June 2008 at 2pm. I’m going to personally guarantee that this petition will get to number 10. It will be hand delivered to prime ministers Gordon browns office in the above date. As the government won’t listen to individuals, we shall go by way of protests and let the government see how many people this law affects.
There are no victims when we smoke cannabis, how can it be a criminal offence!
Did you know, even thou Cannabis has been downgraded to a category c drug in the UK. You can still be jailed for up to 5 years, if you are caught with Cannabis. Even if it’s for personal medicinal use!
This UK Cannabis law is wrong, we all need help. We can help ourselves with Cannabis with miraculous results. But we can not do so without the fear of been prosecuted by the UK’s very own Criminal Prosecution Services!
A lot of people like I, have no choice but to take morphine etc from the NHS, as this is the best pain relief they can give you. Morphine only takes the edge off my neurological pain. Approximately 10% of my pain is reduced by morphine by the end of the day. After taking so much morphine you find yourself passing out hallucinating wildly due to the need of more and more pain relief/ morphine needed.
If I use cannabis for my chronic neurological pain, I feel great mentally, my pain gets reduces by approximately 65% and I’m able to get out of a bed ridden state.
Please come and show us your support at Protest London 2008.
www.protestlondon.co.uk here you can find all the latest information about the protest.
Please don’t come to the London protest to support me. Yes, I am the head of the protest, I’m a voice of thousands of UK sufferers who are still lying in a bed ridden state. These people will not even try Cannabis for there medical conditions, because the UK laws forbid them do so!
These people like me can get some life back, if only they could get hold of and use medicinal cannabis at our own cost!
Cannabis is not suitable for all people, but the people it does help should have the legal rights to use a plant/ weed/ natural product, Cannabis. To treat there medical conditions!
Even if you don’t use cannabis medicinally at the moment, please still come. You may still require the rights to try cannabis legally in a few years time. Who can say who will come down with MS, cancer, neurological pain or even muscle spasms etc. over the next 10-20+ years!
I and others just want the right to be able to use Cannabis to help ourselves to achieve a better way of life. The NHS cannot control our discomforts and pain caused by our medical conditions, so we have to help ourselves with Cannabis.
Some people use cannabis just to sleep and de-stress after a hard days work. This is also classed as medicinal use. If Cannabis is used to help to give someone a better way of life, then they should be allowed the rights to self medicate legally!
All we want and are asking for is the support of the general public to exorcise our own human rights to self medicate using Cannabis, if there is no way the NHS can control our medical conditions.
Medical practitioners who recommend us trying cannabis to help our medical problems even let us know it’s against the law but it may be worth trying. They all cannot be wrong can they? They would back up a lot of medical users as they know how well Cannabis can help with M.S. and other conditions effecting the human body and mind..
Cannabis can be used as a cream as well as smoked, vaporized or eaten. its about time people found out the good medicinal sides of cannabis.
Allowing us to be able to use Cannabis to alleviate our symptoms, if backed up by a medical practitioner or specialist, would be great.
If we where allowed to use it legally we would not have to fund large gangs who grow, distribute and sell the Cannabis. Our local chemist could sell us Cannabis, if we had a license to use medicinal Cannabis legally.
The Cannabis we buy from the streets at extortionate prices, is heavily contaminated. Please even just let us be able to grow our own under license. We would save the NHS money and we would be able to control our symptoms at our own cost. The NHS could even control the sale of Cannabis and the profits made could clear all nhs debts over the following years.
Cannabis is a plant which is roughly grown the same way as tomatoes. It cost a minimal amount to grow and harvest. There is a lot of interest in buying clean cannabis in this country. There are a lot of people suffering because they cannot get out to meet dealers to buy medicinal cannabis
Cannabis costs little to grow and there are a lot of funds to be made for the inland revinue/ nhs, if we can get the medicinal Cannabis laws changed. If chemists where allowed to supply medicinal users if back up by medical professionals etc. then we would all lead a better way of life.
America, Canada, Holland etc. etc. allow people to use cannabis medicinally and allow them to buy it in licensed outlets. Why is the UK so behind with medical advances in cannabis use?
You know it makes sense and the government have ignored us for too long, we will not be ignored for any longer.
We have a medicinal Cannabis protest in London on the wed 25th June 2008, meeting up at Parliament Square london. At 11am.
Please visit www.protestlondon.co.uk if you would like to know more and even join out free forums and see for yourself how Cannabis changes people’s lives for the better.
Please help free medicinal Cannabis users from prosecution.
Please sign our petition which will be handed to our own prime minister of the UK, Mr. Gordon Brown, MP> on the day of the protest at 2pm. The protest is legal and all arranged with police and Downing Street. Full permissions have been acquired to run a legal protest in London’s scota area (high risk/security areas)
Please support us, if you cannot make London but you would still like to support us in some way, on the protest London website you can find links to download.
These consist of copies of our posters, advertising the protest. These can be put up in shop/car windows, local notice boards; hospitals etc. please obtain permission if needed to advertise. All hospitals in the UK need covering; this is where the people who could benefit from cannabis can be found. My local hospital has the posters up and the number of people with severer medical condition attending will be huge from just seeing posters in the outpatient wards etc.
We have a petition link under news, if you have somewhere you can place a hand written petition for people to sign. Please feel free to do print a few copies of and see if you can have a copy even in your corner shop.
Please visit protestlondon.co.uk there you will find out how you can help the protest by donating to our cause.
Protestlondon08 will be a peaceful protest, children and families welcome. Disabilities don’t only affect the people with the medical conditions. The whole family is affected if the medicinal cannabis user is in pain or discomfort! Thank you for all your time and support with medicinal Cannabis legalisation.
Head of www.protestlondon.co.uk
See me on the TV and newspapers soon; you cannot miss me I’m the one with the pink beard!
I need a colostomy as I am a War Vet. and the time has come for me to have this op. as my wife can no longer carry on as she too is an OAP and in poor health.
The Welsh Assembly has told my Consultant in the hospital of my choice for 23 years now, that they will no longer fund my own Hospital. I am sure it would cost the Assembly a lot more to supply a not too clever Ambulance service to transport me from my home to Hospital, then take me home again.
By going in my own transport it saves the Welsh Office considerable ammount of money in travelling expenses.
The introduction of mental health plans and Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) under Medicare have been great steps forward in public health.
Currently, only some healthcare providers (dentists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and podiatrists) are able to register as allied health professionals to provide a limited number of treatments as part of an Enhanced Primary Care plan provided by a GP.
People who are chronically ill tend to be the ones who benefit most from complementary healthcare, but can least afford it.
Wellbeing should not be reserved for the well-off.
Australia could become a world leader in public wellbeing by not only providing dental health cover, but also complementary and integrative healthcare under Medicare.
ATENÇÃO! ESTE ABAIXO-ASSINADO CONTINUA CORRENDO, MAS ESTA LISTA ESTÁ DESATIVADA. AS ASSINATURAS QUE ESTÃO NESSE SITE FORAM TRANSPORTADAS E INTEGRADAS ÀS DE OUTRO LUGAR VIRTUAL: UM SITE EM PORTUGUÊS, MAIS COMPLETO E MAIS FÁCIL DE PREENCHER: EM WWW.CRPSP.ORG.BR.
Está em andamento na Câmara Municipal de São Paulo um Projeto de Lei (PL) que propõe serviços especializados em dislexia voltados a alunos da rede municipal de ensino.
Tende a atribuir a um suposto distúrbio neurológico genético dos alunos a explicação para suas dificuldades em aprender a ler e a escrever produzidas, essencialmente, por problemas no ensino, estigmatizando-os.
Duplica ações de competência da Saúde, do SUS, dentro de uma concepção retrógrada de assistência à Saúde e de relações entre Saúde e Educação.
É um dos diversos Projetos de Lei que estão em trâmites no Brasil centrados na dislexia, sem questioná-la. É parte do processo de patologização de questões sociais e de dificuldades escolares em especial.
É preciso que a sociedade seja informada sobre o quanto o conceito de dislexia é polêmico, que defenda suas crianças e adolescentes, a Educação e as conquistas do SUS.
O texto do referido PL está no site da Câmara Municipal de São Paulo.
Tell Congress: Totally Ban Asbestos in Industrial Materials, Consumer Products and Toys
Americans have zero tolerance for asbestos!
Scientists agree: Asbestos causes cancer and other deadly diseases, thousands of Americans die each year from asbestos-related diseases, and there’s no known safe level of exposure to any form of asbestos. Yet even with millions of dollars spent in asbestos litigation and medical expenses, asbestos is still legal in the US and still found in many common consumer products – even children’s toys.
The US EPA attempted to ban asbestos-containing products in 1989, but that ban was overturned on legal technicalities in court two years later.
In 2007, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization commissioned independent, certified laboratory testing that found asbestos in common household products, such as spackle, window glazing, and duct tape, and even in best-selling children’s toys, such as the popular "CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit." Research by others had already found asbestos in some children's play clays.
Congress is expected to hold hearings soon on whether to implement a total ban on asbestos-containing products. Right now, industry lobbyists are pressuring Congress to institutionalize the allowance of up to 1 percent of asbestos in our industrial materials, consumer products, toys, and other products on American store shelves. We say, "No!" It’s time for a total ban on asbestos in American products.
As organizations and individuals representing and advocating for those most impacted by the toxic effects of asbestos, we urge Congress to institute an effective and verifiable ban on asbestos.
We, the undersign, join Paul Brodeur, Bill Ravanesi, Linda Reinstein, Doug Larkin, Jordan Zevon, Jill Vaughan, Dr. Richard A. Lemen, Dr. Arthur L. Frank, Dr. Michael R. Harbut, Barry Castleman, Michael Horwin, Paul and Michelle Zygielbaum, John Thayer, TC McNamara and Laurie Kazan – Allen as cosignatories urging Congress to totally ban asbestos.
Paul Brodeur, Retired Staff Writer for The New Yorker and Author of Four Books on the Asbestos Health Hazard
Bill Ravanesi, "Breath Taken" Photojournalist and Author
Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Executive Director, Cofounder and Mesothelioma Widow
Doug Larkin, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Communications Director and Cofounder
Jordan Zevon, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Jill Vaughan, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel University School of Public Health, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Science Advisory Board Co-Chair
Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (Ret.), Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Science Advisory Board Co-Chair
Michael R. Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP
Barry Castleman, Environmental Consultant
Michael Horwin, Cancer Monthly
Paul and Michelle Zygielbaum
John Thayer, Former U.S. Capital Tunnel Worker Supervisor
TC McNamara, The John McNamara Foundation
Laurie Kazan - Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat
293. Help the people talk
When a family member dies we need to talk about that person. This is a vital part of mourning our loss.
In places where death is happening in a violent way, the need is greater and longer lasting. All deaths need to be mourned.
The benefits of mourning lost people in our family is better health and less hatred.
Currently, the Trust that manages the hospitals serving Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract - the Mid-Yorkshire NHS trust - is being crushed by a huge debt of around £80m.
Although the Trust is now under new-management, its effectiveness, and the morale of it staff, is being seriously affected by this crushing deficit. Without help, it will take over 100 years for this debt to be cleared.
We call upon this government to write-off this huge debt in order to safeguard NHS jobs and patient care for all the people of Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract.
295. Ban Plastic
Plastics are materials made to be thrown away. Only 3-5% of all plastic ever gets recycled. The rest finds its way to the landfill or the ocean.
In the landfill, plastic residues can leach into the groundwater after rain, along with various other chemicals from the trash. This substance, called leachate, is toxic to humans, animals, and many plants.
In the oceans, plastic collects in several places, most notably the North Pacific subtropical gyre, otherwise known as the "Eastern Garbage Patch". This ten million square mile area northwest of Hawai'i is literally six feet deep in plastic, quite possibly more.
Most types of plastic and the various gases they produce are toxic. In fact, the obesity epidemic, rising rates of cancer, and increasing infertility have all been solidly linked to the rising production and consumption of plastics.
Plastics are even now shifting the course of evolution -- of humanity and of animals, such as seabirds and plankton, who come into contact with them. It is arguable that of everything produced by the human race, plastics have had and will continue to have the greatest impact on the environment.
By signing and supporting this petition, you can help to protect our planet and our future.
About 350,000 Americans suffer from end-stage renal disease, a kidney disorder so advanced that the organ ceases to function (Finkel).
These victims are in need of new organs in order to stay alive, but the problem is not enough kidneys are donated to provide adequate transplants for everyone.
Those placed on a wait list typically have to spend years before they even have the chance of receiving their new kidney. Most victims die while waiting; in fact, In the year 2000 alone, 2,583 Americans died while waiting for a kidney transplant (Goyal, Mehta, Schneiderman, and Sehgal). The number of deaths worldwide is around 50,000.
However, there is a solution to this large problem: legalize the sale of human kidneys in the United States. Legalization and the promise of monetary profit to donors would provide the incentive needed to convince more people to donate their organs.
Thousands of lives would be saved through this process, and America as a world leader would set the stage for more countries to legalize the sale of kidneys. Regulation is a must, of course, in order to allow complete fairness in monetary compensation. With this process in place, new hope and new life can be given to those needing this valuable organ.
Finkel, Michael. “This Little Kidney Went to Market.” New York Times Magazine. New York: May 27, 2001.
Goyal, M., Mehta, R., Schneiderman, L., and Sehgal, A. “Economic and Health Consequences of Selling a Kidney in India.” Journal of the American Medical Association. October 2, 2002. 288, 13, 1589-92.
CitiSpace (Citizens’ Forum for Protection of Public Spaces) established in June 1998 is an NGO which networks over 600 Resident Associations, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), NGOs, Trade/Commercial Establishments and individuals in most of Mumbai’s 24 Wards.
Our creed is the protection of all Public and Open Spaces (such as Footpaths, Playgrounds, Recreation grounds, Beaches and Mangroves) and advocacy of the rightful use of those spaces.
Mumbai’s Public Open Spaces are rapidly diminishing. We have a duty to make Mumbai City liveable again.
On 21 November 2007, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has passed a regressive Caretaker Policy which will deprive the common man of access to Reserved Public Open Spaces.
These Open Spaces are held in trust by the government to be looked after by them using our money, collected by way of taxes.
The signature campaign is aimed at getting the citizens of Mumbai to join ranks and oppose this move, thereby saving the remaining Reserved Open Spaces of Greater Mumbai.
BACHAO HAMARI MUMBAI KI JAAN, BAAG, BAGEECHA AUR AMIDAN
The minister for Health and Children has said that the government is determined to proceed with the development of a new national children's Hospital on a site at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.
I am all for a new and bigger National Children's Hospital,
But what we are looking for is that Our Lady's Children's Hospital be kept at its currant location. The loss of this Hospital to the local people and patients far and wide would be a great blow.
We are fighting to keep our hospital where it is.
The Mater Hospital in the Taoiseach’s constituency was chosen by government in June 2006 as the site for the New National Paediatric Hospital (NNPH). Not only is it to be the national tertiary hospital for the whole country but, alarmingly, and on no evidence-base, it is also to be the only one in the greater Dublin region providing 24-hour care for children; having the only inpatient beds; the only overnight beds and the only Emergency Department - next “port-of-call” Drogheda, Mullingar, Portlaoise and Wexford hospitals.
Would you want to be a critically-ill or injured child in the back of an ambulance trying to get to the greater Dublin region’s only Children’s Emergency Department at the Mater? Just, please; do not plan it during a marathon, an All-Ireland at Croke Park, a gig at the Point or the RDS or the many other happy occasions that cause gridlock in our city centre.
1. THEY'RE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!
2. THEY HAVE UNRECOGNIZABLE CHEMICALS IN THEM!
3.THEY CAUSE CANCER!
4. KILL PEOPLE!
5. THEY HAVE NO OTHER USE!
Q. I MEAN, C'MON WHY WERE THEY EVER INVENTED?????
A. I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER BUT I'M SURE IT WASN'T TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY LIFE! :)
We claim we want to increase positive contributions made by those in our world, but yet we don't protest when our media presents 99 percent of its broadcasts and papers filled with war, crime, and violence.
While it is true that these things are occurring and we need to know about them to encourage change toward peace, why can't we hold our media accountable for showing a more realistic view of us. I request you sign this petition to encourage all media to be required, through their license in journalism, to dedicate at least fifty percent of their contents to positive actions and events in the world. The reasons your support of this petition is crucial follow.
One. It has been shown that media heavily influences our behavior. If its contents continue to accentuate the negative, our young people will learn to value violence. However, if we encourage the media to dedicate at least half of its contents to positive events and actions, we will promote higher quality values of peace and kindness.
Two. It has been scientifically proven that optimism improves health. If we hear more positive news everyday, it will improve individual health, increase mood, and inspire us to act in kindness and peace. Thus, improving the health of our society by requiring media to report positive news daily.
Some other reasons include:
One. Showing positive role models.
Two. Increasing the number and willingness of volunteers.
Three. Maintaining and improving the life and services of charitable organizations who help improve quality of life for those who need assistance.
Four. Promoting peaceful conflict resolutions (right now all the media seem to be showing is crime and use of guns for this. We need to encourage the showing of positive conflict resolution through medium.)
Five. Increasing self-respect and respect for others.
In conclusion, I request that you sign this petition in support of requiring the media, through requirements of journalism licensing, to dedicate at least fifty percent of its coverage to positive news and events. In doing this, we will promote peace, values, respect, altruism, volunteerism, health, and a more prosperous world.
Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this petition.
Thank you for your support to require the media to accentuate the positive for the improvement of our world.