Thursday, 23 March 2017

From: "Rosie Batty - Never Alone"
Subject: My letter to Malcolm Turnbull
Date: 16 March 2017 08:41:21 AM AEDT
To: <[email address suppressed]>

Dear OWNA: Aloma
Throughout Luke’s short life I found myself in and out of the court system more times than I could count. This was incredibly stressful.

Too many family violence victims face similar situations every day.
Many people cannot afford legal representation and one of the few avenues of support available is the Community Legal Centre network across the country. This also includes Women’s Legal Services.
Sign my letter asking the Prime Minister to save Community Legal Centres.
From 1 July 2017, Community Legal Centres across Australia will be forced to close their doors or turn victims away due to a 30% cut to Commonwealth funding.

The ripple effect of these cuts will be huge, family violence victims will have to face their abuser without legal representation and without additional support.

I am asking the Prime Minister to intervene urgently to reverse these cuts. 
You too can sign on to my letter here. 

As the federal budget nears, it is critical to ask the Prime Minister to reverse these proposed funding cuts and keep Community Legal Centres open. They must be able to adequately support family violence victims at their most vulnerable, particularly in regional and remote communities where access to justice is most difficult.

I hope you’ll join me  - 
add your name to the letter here.

Thanks for standing with me,
And the Never Alone team

Sunday, 5 March 2017

You have probably heard a lot in the media about the Pap Test Program changing. From December 1st , the current Pap Test Program (also known as Pap Smear) will be replaced by the Cervical Screening Program which will include a Primary HPV test rather than a Pap test.
There has been a lot of media about this so we wanted to give you the right information so you know how these changes will affect you.These changes are a result of new evidence, better technology and will help improve early detection of cervical cancer and save lives.
The new National Cervical Screening Program will:
  • invite women to participate in the National Cancer Screening Register
  • replace the Pap test with the more accurate Cervical Screening Test
  • invite women aged 25 to 74 years to undertake the test
  • increase the time between tests from two years to five years
  • invite women 70 to 74 years to have an exit test
Please take the time to read more information about the changes and the reasons behind the changes on the ACCF website and if you would like to know more, here is the official website from the Department of Health.
We urge you to talk to your doctor or health practitioner about what these changes mean for you specifically and until 1st December, continue with your Pap tests if you are due to have one. We will update you as we find out more, but make sure you keep up to date on our Facebook page and our website at
Kind regards

Joe Tooma
CEO, Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation