ME/CFS AUSTRALIA (SA) INC
Registered Charity 698
PO Box 28,
South Australia 5007
North Terrace House,
19 North Terrace,
Hackney, SA, 5069
1300 128 339
ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc supports the needs of sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses. We do this by providing services and information to members.
ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc aims to keep members informed of various research projects, diets, medications, therapies, news items, etc. All communication, both verbal and written, is merely to disseminate information and not to make recommendations or directives.
Unless otherwise stated, the views expressed on this Web site are not necessarily the official views of the Society or its Committee and are not simply an endorsement of products or services.
MCS Awareness Rally report
Friday 27 May 2011
From Peter Evans (via email):
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Rally
Monday 23 May 2011 on the steps of Parliament House
In freezing rain and gale force winds, the sun shone at just the right time on a dozen or more supporters who rallied outside Adelaide’s Parliament House to raise awareness of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Tricolour banners in red, white and black declared “We Need Chemical Free Access to Hospitals and Doctors” and “MCS Disability Access”, while a fragrance-free zone was proclaimed on Parliament’s steps. The rally called on the South Australian government to implement MCS disability access guidelines for all public health care services, beginning with the immediate introduction of controls on the use of perfume and aftershave.
Standing firmly behind the group in bipartisan support were the Hon Tammy Franks, MLC, Greens, and the Hon Dennis Hood, MLC, Family First, who respectively proposed a parliamentary motion to speed the adoption of MCS reforms in SA, and a commitment to developing national Greens’ policy on MCS. Both parties agree that MCS disability access to health care is a basic right. Apologies from the Hon Kelly Vincent, MLC, Dignity for the Disabled, came with offers of assistance for our cause. Unfortunately the state government was silent, although the Ministers for Health and for Disabilities have committed to respond in time.
There is still much work to be done to convince governments and bureaucrats that MCS is real and requires a comprehensive disability access strategy. But Adelaide’s rally put political leaders on notice that public health services cannot reasonably continue to ignore the complex medical and disability accommodation needs of the large number of people with MCS. With behind-the-scenes political support growing day-by-day, there is every hope that the rally will result in positive outcomes. Watch this space.
blog comments powered by Disqus