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CALL FOR INDPENDENT MEDICAL SPECIALISTS TO HEAD UP THE NEW ROSEBERY HEALTH INVESTIGATION

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Rosebery residents

The Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce has today called on the Minister for Health Lara Giddings to appoint two independent medical specialists to head up the new Rosebery Health Investigation into heavy metal poisoning.

Spokesperson for the Taskforce Isla MacGregor has today said

“Our Taskforce has no confidence in the current Director of Health Dr Roscoe Taylor or his Deputy Director Dr Chrissie Pickin to establish an effective new health investigation in Rosebery given the failure of the previous investigation.

Our Taskforce want to see the appointment of a well qualified physician with experience in neurology and a clinical toxicologist with RECENT “HANDS ON EXPERIENCE” in the examination of patients with diagnosed heavy metal poisoning particularly arsenic, lead and cadmium.

We are aware that specialists with this expertise may not be available in Australia.

THE ADVICE OF INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO LOCATE SUCH MEDICAL EXPERTS RATHER THAT ‘ACADEMIC’ PROFESSORS WITH NO REAL CLINICAL EXPERIENCE.

THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF TASMANIA NOW RECOGNISES THAT THE ROSBERY RESIDENTS ARE SUFFERING FROM SERIOUS ILLNESS.

RECENT SPECIALIST CONSULTATIONS HAVE CONFIRMED THE SERIOUS NATURE OF THE ILLNESSES.

The last investigation in Rosebery was clearly a waste of taxpayers money and given the number of people now diagnosed with serious health effects from heavy metal poisoning any new investigation will need to be fully resourced and appropriate medical specialist appointments made.

It has been unacceptable given the failure of the previous DHHS investigation that Dr Taylor has publicly attacked poisoned residents for not cooperating with the DHHS investigation.

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH APPEARS TO HAVE NO REAL UNDERSTANDING OF HIS DEPARTMENT’S FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND OR RELATE TO THE RESIDENT’S IN A HUMANE WAY.

THE RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO BE DISTRESSED BY THEIR ILLNESS AND THE FAILURE OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO COPE WITH AND RELATE TO SICK PEOPLE.

[THERE ARE NUMEROUS REFENCES AND EXAMPLES IN THE PROJECT TEAM’S “ROSEBERY” REPORT WHICH DEMONSTRATE THE ABJECT FAILURE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT’S ABILITY TO CARRY OUT A PROPER, MEDICALLY-BASED INVESTIGATION WITH COMPASSION AND MEDICAL EXPERTISE.

If the Rosebery community are to have confidence in any new health investigation in Rosebery they will need to have access to a Health Advocate to ensure that communication with the Department is open and effective. Our Taskforce has made this request to Dr Roscoe Taylor for him to appoint a Health Advocate for Rosebery residents as soon as possible.”
Marsha Stejskal Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Mark Rhino

    January 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    There certainly seems to be some confusion in your mind Brian! Are these people not allowed to ask for establishment of open and independent
    investigations in Rosebery now the truth is really out about their being poisoned? If there really are no problems in Rosebery, why have the
    D.H.H.S. and the Mine publicly stated their intentions to open investigations? Finally, if the findings of the investigations by the Government last year were correct why would they now choose to go over old ground again? It does not seem to me that those you call ‘Toxic Crusaders’ asked anyone to spend mine or taxpayers money or that they would have been listened to if they had.

    Mark Rhino

  2. Kay Seltitzas

    January 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Brian your comments do not make sense! If we, your so called Toxic Crusaders, could not get independent experts without cost, how do you
    expect these investigations to be “honest, fair and balanced” if they are being paid for by MMG or the Government? Honestly Brian you have proved
    our point.

    If you think we, the gravely ill and diagnosed victims of heavy metal poisoning have an “agenda” what on earth do you think MMG and the
    Government with a “huge financial and political agenda” are doing in this instance? We have stated publicly that we want a truly independent and comprehensive public health and environmental survey of heavy metal poisoning and contamination in Rosebery and that this needs to be conducted by internationally recognised experienced hands on experts in the relevant fields. We did not ask MMG to contract their regular Environmental Consultants to conduct an environmental sampling program in Rosebery nor did we ask the DHHS to “reopen” their failed investigation.

    Please read the papers Brian as you are obviously not completely up to date with events!
    Kay Seltitzas

    Poisoned Rosebery Resident

  3. David Obendorf

    January 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Of concern to me would be any attempt to ‘shoot the messengers’; particularly the medical practitioners who have Rosebery residents as their patients and who – it is publicly reported – have made the diagnosis of heavy metal poisoning.

    It would be particularly worrying development if the investigations (supported by laboratory testing etc) and initiated by these medical personnel are convertly or overtly discredited either by the Tasmanian Director of Public Health, Dr Roscoe Taylor or other members of his directorate, the Tasmanian EPA or indeed the Rosebery mine.

  4. Slay2eZ

    January 9, 2010 at 1:37 am

    It is indeed an interesting thought that Brian Taylor makes. However, a law firm, the likes of Slater and Gordon, taking interest in the case of a Tasmanian, ecological inquest, must raise a few eyebrows about the validity of the claims the Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce are making, considering they don’t generally practice, Tasmanian law. Surely, educated people like these would rely on independent results BEFORE attaching their names to such an “outrageous” claim.

  5. Carolyn

    January 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Brian Taylor, believe it or not, there are still honest reputable
    scientists on this planet who do have heart and compassion (admittedly
    they are hard to find). Imagine if you were in the poisoned shoes of those
    people now so tragically and chronically ill? Would you really just give
    in to the lie and roll up your swag and die? What about all the children
    who live in Rosebery and miners and their families who want to take up new
    jobs there?

  6. Brian Taylor

    January 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    With all due respect David you and I know that simply isn’t true and there is another agenda. To make up such spurious claims that there hasn’t been or could never be an independant assessment is palpable at best and more importantly shows you have lost all sense of reality.

    By all means have yet another enquiry, assessment etc, but who actually is going to pay for it. Are you or the so called Toxic Crusaders. Not bloody likely, and so I imagine Government or the company (for what ever reason they might have to) is going. And in doing so immediately you loose the so called independance you seek.

    And yes while I will agree with you that it would be nice to imagine that someone who hasn’t been involved to date in this issue might be willing to do an assessment pro bono, but in truth who are you kidding. No professional is going to give up extensive hours of their precious time on a witch hunt to try to find out what might or might not be occurring. That is the reality of the modern world and you like all need to accept it, I am afraid. Sorry if you believe otherwise, it just isnt going to happen.

    Lets face it any consultant is going to be at the call of who pays, and this frankly wouldn’t be any different if you or the Toxic Crusaders were to.

    So get real, accept for once that just possibly the scientists involved, the medical specialists etc might just actually have been attempting to seek the answers as best as anyone can. By all means have it peer reviewed by so called independant international specialists, but once again even they are going to have to be paid.

  7. David Obendorf

    January 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Brian Taylor, re: comment 5 my reading of Bazzabee’s comment 1 was to suggest to Isla MacGregor & the Rosebery residents that they might also get what they pay for, with respect to a consultant’s report – “results that are tailored to meet my specific needs”. At one level, my comment is similar, however, the intent of that post was to prevent this entrenched advocacy from occurring from the monied & powerful entities in this issue – EPA/DHHS/MMG. By having a conversation about who is to agree ‘umpires’ to investigate this issue is trying to find ‘the common ground’.

    There is also the protential to open the issue up to professional, independent analysis that is done for NO financial gain. Crazy thinking? Perhaps, but in my opinion, that’s just what this Planet needs!

  8. Brian Taylor

    January 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Salamander and Dr Doberdorf what a crock of smelly you know what. How blindly ignorant can you truely be. That is the most funny postings I have the utmost displeasure to read. If it were not serious (which it isnt in any case) it would be laughable. God you two are some of the most deeply seated conspiracy theorists i have had to read about.

    Get some facts for once rather than relying on the same old same old cliches. Its not your issue any way, as it is not mine !!!!

  9. potash

    January 7, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    What about his investigation of the Burnie woodchip pile ? Maybe that too should be investigated by a person of note whom has experience in the field (maybe gunns would like to fund this and publish the results).

  10. David Obendorf

    January 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    It is imperative that Rosebery residents ensure that they have the opportunity to put the names of some well-credentialled independent professionals to take part in any publicy-funded further review of this poorly handled investigation.

    The concern is that DHHS and EPA will choose from their stable of consultant toxicologists and epidemiologists who ‘DO’ government work. You’ll get a fickle report as a result because the ‘piper’ will be beholden to ‘who pays the piper’. It was ever thus!

    Tasmania is littered with such compromised reports by personnel with conflicts of financial interest.

  11. salamander

    January 7, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    With presumably a requirement that all on site sampling and testing not be conducted by state government agency? They only seem able to recognise heavy metal if it hits them on the head, something I am sure they would agree is not a desirable outcome.

  12. Bazzabee

    January 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I agree Isla, it’s clearly time to find a scientist who will provide you with the facts you want. After all why put up with some silly old duffers who rely on facts alone and claim to be independent to boot.

    What you need is your own independent facts not someone else’s after all you never know where their facts might have come from especial when they don’t marry up with your prejudice and preconceived results.

    Heaven forbid, I have just had an amazing idea why not pay for your own independent survey? I find that it works with lawyers and accountants when I pay their bills they tend to come up with results that are tailored to meet my specific needs.

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