Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Saving Lives 2015 ~ Change Starts Here

I was invited to speak about my experience as a cancer patient and chemotherapy co-payments in the Cancer Council Saving Lives campaign in the lead up to the State elections - I am very nervous but passionate about the need for change.
The event is happening tomorrow #gulp in my local community.
I loathe public speaking . . I hope to make a difference in the fight against all Cancers by helping to raise awareness of important issues in the community.

There are five key areas - #changestartshere

What the next State Government can do to help beat cancer !

Tobacco Retail Reform
Our retailer audit found that there are about 5 times as many tobacco retailers in NSW as there are pharmacies.

We’re asking the Government to reduce the availability of tobacco to help support people who are trying to quit, and encourage young people to live smoke free.

Increased Aboriginal Workforce in Cancer Services

Aboriginal people are 60% more likely to die from cancer. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We’re calling on the Government to improve the health care system so that it’s more responsive to the needs of Aboriginal people. This can help close this gap.

No Chemotherapy Co-payments

Some cancer patients pay up to $180 in co-payments for their initial chemotherapy treatment, and may even be charged more down the track if their treatment changes.
We’re asking the Government to make sure that cancer patients who have their chemotherapy in a public hospital get it for free.

Coordinated Cancer Care

Coordinating appointments and keeping up with complex information can be confusing and distressing for cancer patients and their families.

We’re calling on the Government to ensure that people with cancer, and their families, get the care they need in a logical, connected and timely way, no matter where they live in NSW.
More Palliative Care Services

We know that around 70% of Australians say they want to die at home, but only 16% are able to do so. People in regional and rural areas are particularly disadvantaged.

We’re calling on the Government to ensure that every person who is dying from cancer has the best quality of life and if needed, a specialist palliative care team to care for them..
I can do it ...