‘Medical error is horrid and tragic. Addressing it honestly will make the difference so bereaved families, like mine, don’t endure lies, bullying, tampering of evidence, threatening of witnesses and conspiring with government to pervert the course of justice.’
….Bill Long OAM, Australian Sports Medal, founding patron (1924-2006). ¹
Established in August 1996 to reinforce the safety of the patient to be paramount and that medical personnel must realise that there’s another side to the aftermath of medical error – families. A safe stay in hospital is crucial and, if things do go wrong, not be subjected to deceitful and dishonest medical personnel as barriers to the truth.
The late June Sylvia Long 1924-1994
‘June Long deplored injustice and was helpful, enthusiastic, versatile, a lovable person’, wrote The Hon. Sir Hubert Opperman OBE GCSJ (1904-1996), cycling champion, politician, ambassador, upon her death on 29 June 1994. ²
THE JUNE LONG FOUNDATION…
→ ADVOCATES for patients and bereaved families affected by medical error.
→ EDUCATES for safe, accountable and transparent hospitals.
→ IMPLORES doctors that honesty is the best policy saving trauma and reputations.
→ PROVIDES a forum where families can share ideas, insights and incentives for emotional and justice-oriented healing.
→ DEALS with specific issues of family trauma, patient safety, health education, public policy and the legal system.
→ LISTENS to individual experiences of patients and families.
→ OBSERVES patterns and trends in medical error.
→ DEMANDS iatrogenesis coding in Australian Bureau of Statistics ‘Leading causes of death and injury’.
→ LODGES submissions to federal and state parliamentary inquiries.
→ SUPPORTS government initiatives in reducing medical errors.
→ BRINGS doctors and patients and bereaved families together to resolve trauma.
→ INVOLVES families in activism for the public good.
→ STANDS firm in its commitment to affected patients and families.
→ UNDERSTANDS that coalition building and supportive sharing with all stake-holders is critical if the voice of the patient is to be heard.
→ RECOGNISES its fundamental responsibility to give a voice to affected patients, both to acknowledge the reality of their injury and loss, and to bring that reality to a society numbed by statistics and information inertia.
♦ Founding benefactors of The Foundation: The Family of June Long ♦
: ENDORSEMENT AS AN INCOME TAX-EXEMPT CHARITABLE ENTITY
The Jung Long Foundation, trading as Medical Error Action Group, ABN 39 136 078 731, has endorsement as an income tax exempt charitable entity under Subdivision 50-B, and Item 1.1 – charitable institution – under Subdivision 50-5 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, effective 1 July 2000. Gifts of money, commonly known as donations, are GST-exempt.
The June Long Foundation and Medical Error Action Group are non-profit and non-government organisations and are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.