End Deadly Disability Discrimination social media actions

38% of deaths of people with intellectual disability are potentially avoidable. We have the power to change this.

People with intellectual disability die 27 years earlier than the general population. It doesn’t have to be this way.

We can end Deadly Disability Discrimination – but only if the Health Minister Brad Hazzard funds specialist intellectual disability health teams in the NSW budget which will be announced on 19 June.

We know Minister Hazzard cares about the health inequalities that face people with intellectual disability.  We also know there are lots of competing pressures on the health budget.  We want the Minister to know that you see funding for intellectual disability health teams as the top priority.

Take action!

People around the state are using social media to raise awareness and urge the Health Minister to end Deadly Disability Discrimination. Below are three ways you can take action, plus some tips and draft social media posts.

1. Show your support: update your Facebook profile and cover photo

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2. Shout it out: share on social media

Tell others! Share these social media tiles and tell others why you support the campaign. If you’re not sure what to say, you can copy the text from the example posts in the tips below. 

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38 percent of deaths of people with intellectual disability are potentially avoidable

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Charlene holding our campaign poster

3. Share a picture of you

You could share a picture of you holding up an End Deadly Disability Discrimination poster, just like Charlene.

 

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Tips

Feel free to use and adapt the example Facebook posts and tweets below. You can also use some of the information in the key messages section below. The most important thing is to add why this is important to you.

 

Examples of Facebook posts

Example 1
We can stop people with intellectual disability dying from preventable causes by funding specialist intellectual disability health teams https://bit.ly/2stOocQ

Example 2
People with intellectual disability are dying 27 years younger than the general population. The Health Minister can end #DeadlyDisabilityDiscrimination by funding intellectual disability health teams in the NSW budget 19 June – sign the petition at https://bit.ly/2kGdZuY

 

Examples of Twitter posts

If you use twitter, please put up at least two tweets to get the message out there. Use the hashtag #DeadlyDisabilityDiscrimination. Also use the hashtags #nswpol and tag @BradHazzard and @nswcid.

CID will be raising awareness all day on twitter. You can help us by retweeting CID’s tweets. Go to @nswcid.

Example 1
Don’t let people with intellectual disability die from preventable causes. @BradHazzard we urgently need specialist intellectual disability health teams in the budget next Tuesday to end #DeadlyDisabilityDiscrimination #nswpol @nswcid sign the petition https://bit.ly/2kGdZuY

Example 2
38% of people with intellectual disability are dying from preventable causes. @BradHazzard we need you to fund intellectual disability health teams in the NSW budget to end #DeadlyDisabilityDiscrimination – sign the petition at https://bit.ly/2kGdZuY #nswpol @nswcid


Key messages

  • Misdiagnosis can kill. Prevent misdiagnosis of people with intellectual disability by funding specialist health teams in the 19 June budget.

  • 38% of deaths of people with intellectual disability are potentially avoidable. We have the power to change this.

  • People with intellectual disability die 27 years earlier than the general population. It doesn’t have to be this way.

  • We need funding in the 19 June budget for specialist intellectual disability health teams which can reduce preventable deaths across NSW.

  • We need funding in this year’s budget to prevent avoidable deaths for people with intellectual disability.

  • Deadly Disability Discrimination is a human rights issue and the Government needs to urgently address it.

  • Lives will be saved by funding specialist intellectual disability health teams in the June 19 budget. Make it happen!

  • The NSW government commissioned a report into specialist intellectual disability health teams which found “…small multidisciplinary intellectual disability health teams are likely to provide the highest net benefit in terms of cost effectively delivering improved health outcomes for people with intellectual disability”. Read the report.


More information and assistance

If you would would like more information or assistance, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone us on 1800 424 065 and ask for the advocacy team. Find out more about our campaign at our campaign page.


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