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MCS Awareness Rally report

Friday 27 May 2011

From Peter Evans (via email):

 

ChemicalsMultiple 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.

Peter Evans
Convenor, South Australian Task Force on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

 

MCS Rally 2001 (1)
"We Need Chemical Free Access to Hospitals and Doctors".
 
 
MCS Rally 2001 (2)
Parliament's steps declared a fragrance-free zone.
 
 
MCS Rally 2001 (3)
The Hon Tammy Franks, MLC, and the Hon Dennis Hood, MLC, stand behind the rally in bi-partisan support.

 

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