“He (Fred Slape) was retired three years to the day that he was diagnosed,” she said. “What’s sad is the cancer markers he had were for ovarian cancer and other cancers men can’t have. That’s what these toxins do to the body — they just spew stuff all over the place. Most of our people (tracked by Burn Pits 360) who have gotten cancer have not survived longer than two years.”
Public right to know
Australia needs to establish minimum staffing levels based on research and expert opinion.
In the meantime, aged care homes should be required to publish their direct care staffing rosters online. This would enable people to make informed decisions about the standards of care in each aged care home.
Dr Sarah Russell is a public health researcher and director of Age Care Matters.