Sign up to the Health Care Professional's statement and help us to ensure Australia signs the nuclear weapons ban treaty

Could you to take a quick action to support our goal of getting Australia’s signature and ratification for the nuclear weapons ban treaty?
 
Please sign the statement “As an Australian health care professional, I want my government to support the nuclear weapons ban treaty”.
 
The statement is below, and you can endorse it by email here.
 
An even bigger help would be for you to get any health care colleagues to sign too.  Please print some copies and take them to work and elsewhere.  We want as many health care professionals and students in the country as possible to see this statement.  It’s an excellent way of introducing MAPW to colleagues and giving people a chance to contribute to our work. You can download a copy of the statement here

AS AN AUSTRALIAN HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, I WANT MY GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS BAN TREATY

Nuclear weapons represent an overwhelming threat to human and environmental health. They have the capacity to cause death and suffering on an unprecedented scale, with widespread destruction of health care and other infrastructure and the natural environment. In the event of their use again, very little humanitarian response would be available to assist any survivors. 

Therefore nuclear weapons must never be used again. The only way to ensure this is to abolish them. 

For these reasons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by the United Nations on 7 July 2017.  I am proud that health care professionals in Australia played a pivotal role in achieving this historic milestone.  The Treaty recognises all nuclear weapons, no matter which of the nine nuclear-armed nations they belong to, as illegal and illegitimate weapons of mass destruction.

As the risk of use of nuclear weapons - either deliberately or accidentally - is higher now than it has been for over half a century, action to reduce this risk is imperative. 

As a health care professional, I am calling on the Australian Government to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and I call on all parliamentarians to work to achieve this essential goal, as I believe it is a key step towards the abolition of the world’s most terrifying devices.

 

Name ……………………………………………………………………………   

 

Profession*………………………………………………………………………

 

Email ………..…………………………………………………………………..

 

Postcode ………………………………………………………………………

*For health care students, please state “student of [discipline]”

 

endorse this statement by email

or

please post your signed statement to: MAPW P O Box 1379, CARLTON, Victoria, 3053 
 

Many thanks for your valuable support, which makes our outreach possible.
 


Dr Sue Wareham OAM
President, Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia)
“Health Professionals Promoting Peace”
www.mapw.org.au
 
PS There’s also an important petition which MAPW launched this week, for everyone - health care professional or not – to sign: Nuclear disarmament: the ALP must commit to join the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban.  Please take a moment to sign it and share it with others