I just can’t get my head around this – Public Rally video on Vimeo – Caroline C

Caroline Colton’s presentation, to the Public Rally (July 29 2012), on threats to Bulli ED & privatisation fears : “I just can’t get my head around this!” (seen here on  Vimeo film)  – simply unforgettable & an amazingly insightful analysis.

Caroline, a Save BulliED Co-convenor,  showed the state of health facilities in the Northern Illawarra – as it is currently and with various scenarios

– daytime & after hours

– with Bulli Hospital Emergency Department open

– and with the ED replaced by an Urgent Care Centre operating only 8am-8pm

Save Bulli ED representatives had been advised by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District that an Urgent Care Centre would be based around the USA model.

So Caroline set about investigating just what happens in the health system in the USA – from the impressive & huge Texas Health Centre to the Mash style set-ups in sports stadiums.  At that point of her presentation, the audience were left open-mouthed, almost in disbelief  at what they saw on a video clip of the USA’s RAM (Remote Area Medical) system for the economically disadvantaged. This is a voluntary effort, in cities such as Los Angeles, which was almost overwhelmed by the thousands that turned up.

Caroline also shared how the USA spends more % per capita on health than any other nation, including Australia and yet its health outcomes are no better, in fact even worse than some OECD countries, in terms of life expectancy (see comments on US Health Issues including Public-Private Debate).

After listening to this comprehensive review – the question you have to ask :

Why follow a USA model for Urgent Care Centres when it is widely recognised,  across the political spectrum in the USA, that their health system is failing ?

A brilliant presentation which opened our eyes.

We also just can’t get our heads around it either, Caroline !


Also see news clip of the rally on Facebook: at  SCLC’s  page – and rally photos on Facebook.

Also from Caroline – some YouTube clips of the USA RAM – Remote Area Medical programs operating in US sports stadiums :

Save Bulli Emergency Dept July 29 2012 Rally – Live Comments

SaveBulliED5:37pm via HootSuite

Local Health Board Chief Prof Denis King braved hostile crowd to explain Board’s position- but 600 angry people not happy with what he offer

SaveBulliED5:35pm via HootSuitePublic Rally stories – incl 12 yr old cut artery & ambos couldn’t get to him & told his mum take him to Bulli ED otherwise would have died
SaveBulliED5:33pm via HootSuite@shaun_prince @MelissaJaros local health board advocate US style model replace Bulli ED-but news clip of health care for US poor shocked allShow Conversation
SaveBulliED5:31pm via HootSuite@MelissaJaros @shaun_prince at one stage there were up to 200 people outside listening via loud speakers at #SaveBulliED rallyShow Conversation
SaveBulliED5:31pm via HootSuite@shaun_prince @MelissaJaros we believe up to 600 attend #SaveBulliED rally – in wheelchairs, walking frames, walking sticks, babies in pramsShow Conversation
nickpmclaren4:20pm via Twitter for iPhoneNew resolution: build a new hospital across the road while old hospital is maintained. Adopted. #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:18pm via Twitter for iPhone@shaun_prince calls for a completely new hospital. Not supported by the meeting#SaveBulliED cites eg of Manly.
nickpmclaren4:16pm via Twitter for iPhone3. Community based board reestablished#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:15pm via Twitter for iPhoneResolutions 1. Community model endorsed as priority #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:12pm via Twitter for iPhoneMC: Why aren’t the public servants taking note of what the people want? #SaveBulliED1 retweets
nickpmclaren4:10pm via Twitter for iPhoneProf King told the group wants to save the ED (wild applause) #SaveBulliED the rest of the hospital is not the issue.
nickpmclaren4:07pm via Twitter for iPhoneProf King: medicine has changed, some services ie cardiac can only be offered in one place, so no time for assessment at Bulli#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:05pm via Twitter for iPhoneProfKing: public sector services will not be contracted to private sector; Bulli EdD will remain ‘free’ #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:04pm via Twitter for iPhoneProf king: I don’t know anyone who thinks the Dapto Private Hospital project will go ahead#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:02pm via Twitter for iPhoneProf Denis King: “the illawarra & Shoalhaven have been under funded” #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:00pm via Twitter for iPhoneThe land the Bulli Hospital stands on was donated by local family #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:58pm via Twitter for iPhone“without Bulli Hospital both myself and partner probably wouldn’t be here today” resident. #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:56pm via Twitter for iPhoneWe are yet to hear from Prof Dennis King yet#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:54pm via Twitter for iPhoneEx Kiama Mp Bob Harrison currently speaking #SaveBulliED
johnkgreens3:53pm via Twitter for iPhoneHeart rending stories about the importance of 24×7 ED at Bulli. Shame no Coalition MP hear to listen.4 retweets
NewzStringer3:52pm via Web@MelissaJaros how is all going???? sounds like a lot of people turned upShow Conversation
nickpmclaren3:51pm via Twitter for iPhoneHalf the people here it seems we’re born at Bulli Hospital #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:49pm via Twitter for iPhoneEx policeman telling stories of saving people’s lives #SaveBulliED
johnkgreens3:47pm via Twitter for iPhoneNorthern Illawarra community deserves 24×7 PUBLIC emergency Dept.pic.twitter.com/g8j9pMxK3 retweets
nickpmclaren3:44pm via Twitter for iPhoneAlice Scott talks about her (failed) campaign to save the Port Kembla ED #SaveBulliED
johnkgreens3:44pm via Twitter for iPhoneAt Bulli huge meeting to save Emergency Dept 500+ angry citizens sending powerful message to @barryofarrellpic.twitter.com/XwnqbBZm6 retweets
nickpmclaren3:40pm via Twitter for iPhoneKaye: I want to come back in 2 months when the winter of our discontent is over.#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:38pm via Twitter for iPhoneKaye: nothing scares politicians more than a big crowd of angry people #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:37pm via Twitter for iPhone3rd commitment is to expose urgent care centre model as stalking horse for privatization #SaveBulliED #nswgreens
nickpmclaren3:35pm via Twitter for iPhoneGreens say funds need to be made available to fund medical staff #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:34pm via Twitter for iPhoneJohn Kaye from Greens says health care must stay in public hands. Greens will fight for level 2 emergency dept #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:32pm via Twitter for iPhoneThis is a slick presentation, it includes video from the USA & interview from UK#SaveBulliED
MelissaJaros3:30pm via Twitter for iPhone#SaveBulliED says 601 private beds under construction. Claims #BulliED is in competition with private facilities.1 retweets

nickpmclaren3:29pm via Twitter for iPhone630 Private hospital beds currently under construction in the Illawarra #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:26pm via Twitter for iPhone32 km of coastline would have no services for pregnant women & babies after 8pm#SaveBulliED
cocococo103:19pm via Web@gordonbradbery Hundreds of locals at Save Bulli ED – they are wondering where you are, tweeting asking this question.1 retweets
nickpmclaren3:16pm via Twitter for iPhoneLife expectancy in the US 74 compared to 82 in Australia #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:15pm via Twitter for iPhoneUrgent care centers in the US have not reduced waiting times #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:13pm via Twitter for iPhoneUrgent care centre model was developed in the USA, where most are privately run, speaker says #SaveBulliED
MelissaJaros3:12pm via Twitter for iPhone@shaun_prince @SaveBulliED yep I think you might be right. At least another 100 outsideShow Conversation
nickpmclaren3:11pm via Twitter for iPhoneNo bulk billing available from GPs in northern suburbs, despite recently receiving $1 million from fed govt #SaveBulliED #auspol
nickpmclaren3:10pm via Twitter for iPhoneBulli the only emergency dept in northern Illawarra for 20,000 people and the only health service operating after hours#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:01pm via Twitter for iPhone@SteelyGreen thanks all the Drs & nurses in attendance & reads out letter from Frankie j Holden who helped save Pambula Hosp.#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:57pm via Twitter for iPhoneRorris: “it is an act of barbarism to close this”#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:55pm via Twitter for iPhoneBulli HospitalED had 7098 attendances in 2011 #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:53pm via Twitter for iPhoneRorris says don’t listen to the experts when they tell you it can’t be done #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:52pm via Twitter for iPhoneArthur Rorris says society has its priorities wrong when community built hospital like Bulli can’t be maintained #SaveBulliED
MelissaJaros2:43pm via Camera on iOSMore than 300ppl at @SaveBulliED rally! All the details #WINNews 6.30pm tomorrow.pic.twitter.com/emQqhbRb1 retweets
nickpmclaren2:43pm via Twitter for iPhone“now is the winter of our discontent” Alison Fettell #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:42pm via Twitter for iPhone#SaveBulliED group wants ambulances to return to Bulli. Part of their own alternative model.
nickpmclaren2:33pm via Twitter for iPhoneFmr councillor & former Bulli resident Trevor Mott MCing. #SaveBulliED
shaun_prince2:31pm via Twitter for Android@nickpmclaren at least 500 locals here + 3 WCC councilors & A Rorris attendance1 retweetsShow Conversation
emilyalaurence2:31pm via Photos on iOSmy son’s first rally #savebullihospital a good cause to start with! #wollongong #nswpolpic.twitter.com/X9BHIy8s

willongong2:30pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®#Greens MLC @johnkgreens and Clr Jill Merrin at Save Bulli Hosp rally, huge crowd!#SaveBulliED yfrog.com/h6msxbzj
nickpmclaren2:29pm via Twitter for iPhoneI have also spotted a number of #wollongongcouncillors #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:27pm via Twitter for iPhoneInterested to see if any pollies turn up. So far have only spotted @shaun_prince#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:24pm via Camera on iOSAt the #SaveBulliED community meeting. 300 inside, 200 more outside. Packed.#wollongong #bulli pic.twitter.com/oaCLyKbQ
willongong2:22pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®Massive turnout to Save Bulli hospital rally, hall totally packed, hundreds outside!#SaveBulliED
shaun_prince1:48pm via Twitter for AndroidVgood crowd building at Save Bulli ED rally.

Caloundra Emergency Department closure threat

Youtube : Caloundra Emergency under closure threat ?

Caloundra Emergency under threat in Queensland – who would have thought that growth areas like Queensland would be seeing Emergency Departments under threat of closure – well ???

Then there is Gulgong which was under threat of losing its hospital in 2010 with the then ALP State Government offering an MPF instead :  Youtube clip – lots of signs spotted around Gulgong about their hospital over Easter 2012

And another Youtube clip – this time – 2009 – on Bulli Hospital & Bulli born John Ajaka Lib MLC – NSW Parliament – not sure what he has fought for since March 2011 when Libs regained government