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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Response to the Heart Foundations 7 key priorities for this election.

The Heart Foundation has emailed me asking whether I support their 7 key prioties for this election.

Here is my answer. Their  key priorities are listed below.
Dear Tony,
thank you for your email concerning the Heart Priorities key priotiy actions.
I agree with and support all of these priorities. If elected I would support changes in legislation to make these a reality.
However, as an independent candidate in a regional seat (Bega) I find myself struggling to convince the (predominantly aging locals) that it is their election choices which have the power to make these changes for their own benefits. They are unfortunately addicted to the ease and misplaced trust in party voting but unable to see that their health and public transport systems have slowly but surely been taken away in the details, by both liberal and labour policy.
And with an aging and underfunded hospital system coupled with extremely poor public transport options in the Bega electorate, with no plans or promises to replace or maintain or fix them, I can't help but worry about the our basic health future, let laone these specific priorities.
These key priorities would be great, but just good health care and public transport would be an improvement right now as well.
kind regards
Ivan McKay
Independent Candidate for Bega NSW 2011
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Dear Sir or Madam
In the lead up to the State Election, the Heart Foundation has identified seven key priority actions that we believe represent the best investment the Government can make to improve heart health in New South Wales. These have been presented to both the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition.
As a candidate for the upcoming State Election I would like you to consider these priority areas and seek your support in their implementation:
The proposals span the areas of prevention, management and research and include:
1.      introducing a heart disease screening program, a vital weapon in the fight against the number one killer of Australian men and women
2.      a request for ongoing support of the NSW Cardiovascular Research Network
3.      making outdoor crowded areas and indoor workplaces smoke-free
4.      introducing mandatory labelling of trans fats on food products and nutritional information available on the fat, salt and kilojoule content of food sold in quick service restaurants (the latter was announced by the Premier on 7 November)
5.      investing in infrastructure that will support greater use of public transport and participation in walking and cycling
6.      setting targets to reduce disparities in the care Aboriginal people are given when they are admitted to hospital with heart disease
7.      support for state wide roll out of the Heart Foundation funded TV campaign called “Will you recognise your heart attack?”
The full ‘Time for Action in New South Wales’ policy document is available from: 
Yours sincerely
Tony Thirlwell

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