“Medical mistakes are horrid and tragic. Addressing them honestly will make the difference so bereaved families like mine don’t endure the lies, bullying, tampering of evidence, threatening of witnesses and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.”
….Bill Long OAM, WWII Returned From Active Service, Australian Sports Medal, founding patron (1924-2006) ¹
Established in August 1996 to reinforce safety of the patient to be paramount and for medical personnel to 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, patients 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 doctors that honesty is the best policy.
→ OBSERVES patterns and trends in medical error.
→ DEMANDS iatrogenesis coding in ‘Leading cause of death and injury’ statistics.
→ LODGES submissions to parliamentary inquiries.
→ RECOGNISES its fundamental responsibility to give a voice to affected patients, both to acknowledge the reality of their injuries and losses, and to bring that reality to a society numbed by statistics and information inertia.
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.