End deadly disability discrimination – Call to Action
Can you call your Local Member of Parliament (MP) and invite them personally to our Parliamentary Forum?
Thanks to your support we have been able to organise a Parliamentary Forum, which will focus on the very high rates of preventable deaths for people with intellectual disability. The forum will be held on Friday 31 March at 12 noon in Parliament House.
The Minister for Disability Services, Hon Raymond Williams will address the forum, as will the Shadow Ministers for Health and Disability.
Your Local MP has also received an invitation. Can you also phone or email your MP and tell them why you want them to attend this forum to help keep the pressure up on the NSW Government?
The keynote speaker at the forum will be Professor Julian Trollor, Head of the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. Dr Trollor will present the findings of his recently released study on the very high levels of preventable deaths for people with intellectual disability. See his summary here.
Speakers will also include our Chairperson, Michael Sullivan, other people with intellectual disability and family and carers of people with intellectual disability who will talk about their first hand experiences in our hospitals and of our health services.
This issue has become particularly critical with the transfer of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) services to the Non-Government Organisations (NGO) sector, meaning valuable specialist health services and supports shall be lost, potentially putting people’s lives at risk.
We need more MPs to understand this important issue if we are going to get the funding and the services we need to save lives.
So what do I do?
You can find your Local MPs contact details here.
Phone your MP:
1. Don’t forget when you phone your MP to be polite.
2. Explain why you are phoning:
“I am calling because I would very much like you, as my local Member, to attend the NSW CID Parliamentary Forum……
“Discrimination against people with intellectual disability in our health service is an important issue in our local area”……
“38% of all deaths for people with intellectual disability are preventable”…
3. Tell your MP what you would like them to do:
“I would like you to attend NSW CID’s lunchtime Parliamentary Forum on 31 March at Parliament House”…
If your MP is unable to attend you might like to ask that one of their staff attends instead.
4. What will be your follow up request?
I would like you to do a post on Facebook or a tweet about the forum…..
I would like you to talk to other members of your political party about taking action on this important issue…
I would like to phone you afterwards to find out what you thought of the forum…
5. Thank the MP for listening to you and hang up.
After you speak to your MP
Would you like to attend the Forum?
Thank you for taking action to end deadly disability discrimination in our health services.
The Advocacy Team.