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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Rally
Monday 16 May 2011
South Australian Task Force on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
DISABILITY ACCESS RALLY
Date: Monday 23 May 2011
Time: 12 midday - 2:00pm
May is International Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month
MCS is a chronic medical condition where people are made sick by low level exposure to common chemicals in everyday products.
The illness can be extremely disabling.
An MCS disability access rally will be held at Adelaide's Parliament House on Monday, 23 May, at 12 noon.
The rally calls on the state government to develop practical MCS disability access strategies for all public health care services in South Australia, commencing with the immediate introduction of controls on the use of perfume and aftershave in public health care.
This proposal is consistent with the Recommendations arising from the 2005 Parliamentary Inquiry into MCS in SA.
It is also consistent with the state government's guidelines for the care of hospital in-patients with MCS.
And with the state government's disability access guidelines for government owned buildings.
And with the Australian Human Rights Commission chemical sensitivity guidelines for disability access to premises.
In 2008 a Department of Health population survey reported that 1% of South Australians have been medically diagnosed with MCS, with 16% reporting unusual sensitivities to common chemicals. The survey concluded that many people in the larger group had chronic symptoms more consistent with MCS.
Similar international studies show that around 2% of industrialised populations can no longer work due to MCS, with up to 6% or more medically diagnosed with the illness.
Public health care services cannot continue to ignore the complex medical and disability accommodation needs of people with MCS.
Please come along to the rally and show your support for the many thousands of people in South Australia who are seriously disabled by chemical sensitivity.
Out of respect for the disability needs of people with MCS, please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, essential oils or other highly fragranced products to this event.
For those who are unable to attend the rally in person but who wish to show their support, please send emails to the SA Minister for Health, the Hon John Hill, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information see www.ilru.org/html/publications/bookshelf/MCS.html.
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