We all want to protect the children in our lives and with growing concerns around e-cigarettes our CanAct Community knew it was time to act. Our message was simple: until more is known about e-cigarettes, and any claims of their merit are proven, they should be treated like tobacco under the legislation.
Elections offer a good opportunity for us to make sure candidates know about the issues that matter, so in the lead up to the 2015 State Election, our CanAct Community did just that. As part of our Saving Life 2015 campaign, together we called on political parties to commit to introduce free chemotherapy, more palliative care services, fewer places to buy cigarettes, more Aboriginal people working in cancer services, and coordinated care for anyone facing cancer.
For our health system to work for us all, everyone needs to be able to access the treatment and care they need regardless of where they live. That's why we've campaigned with our community to increase travel and accommodation subsidies for those who need to travel for treatment.
Living in a society that makes the healthiest choices the easiest choices is good for us. That’s why we worked hard to see the implementation of the Health Star Rating system for food packaging in Australia.
We all want our children to be safe – including when we’re not around to look after them. That’s why our CanAct Community worked hard to ensure that the NSW Department of Education was providing the best possible student sun protection guidance to schools across NSW. We wanted to support principals and teachers to do all they could to protect their students, and our children.
We should all be able to use and enjoy public spaces without compromising our health. Our Clear the Air campaign helped make this a reality. In 2012 the NSW Parliament passed legislation banning smoking in public areas including children’s playgrounds, sporting fields, covered bus shelters, taxi ranks and outdoor dining areas. After staged implementation, the final reforms took effect from mid-2015.
Our health system needs to ensure access to screening is based on evidence of need, not luck. In 2012 the Federal Government committed an extra $50 million to extend the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program to Australians turning 60 from 2013, 70 year olds from 2015, then progressively introducing two yearly screening for all Australians aged 50 to 74 from 2017.
Healthy communities help us protect ourselves, our families and our friends. That’s why we worked hard to make commercial solariums a thing of the past.
We all want our children to grow up healthy and happy and that’s why we worked hard to get cigarettes out of sight in shops and bring in a range of other laws designed to protect our children.