79 inertia-suffering health minsters later — still 1 Medical Error Action Group.
Our exposés have featured in all media — action continues …
LORRAINE LONG, founder of Medical Error Action Group, is Australia’s first and foremost advocate on medical error – someone of outstanding courage, tenacity, perception and fight. Lorraine has the background that proves it. She has first hand experience in medical error, patient deaths and injuries, coronial systems, hospital systems, government cover-ups, failures of justice, and the plight of people affected by medical error.
FEATURED EXPERT IN THE MEDIA: Lorraine Long has appeared numerous times on ABC Four Corners, Lateline, Stateline, The 7.30 Report, Compass, Health Dimensions, ABC Radio AM, PM, ABC The World Today, The Law Report; Radio 2GB Alan Jones, Ray Hadley, Chris Smith, Ben Fordham; Channel 7 Real Life, Today Tonight, Sunday Night; Channel 9 Sunday, A Current Affair, 60 Minutes, Today; Channel 10 News at Five, 9am with David & Kim, 6.30 with George Negus, The Project; SBS TV Insight; BBC Panorama, BBC, ITV UK, TAFF PRO7 Germany, and a multitude of radio and television news bulletins nationally and internationally.
Such is Lorraine’s insight into the importance of linking coronial data nationally and internationally that she was invited to make the Opening Address to the “National Forum on Coronial Information”. She has also given talks in public hospitals to young and specialist doctors.
The “Butcher of Baulkham Hills and Bega” scandal was years of monitoring before Lorraine took the exposé to investigative journalist Ross Coulthart who, together with producer Nick Farrow, went on to win 3 “Walkleys” for excellence in journalism and a story that made a difference. The doctor was eventually jailed and tried for manslaughter but got away with the latter.
Lorraine is also the author of a large number of reports on medical error. See Reports & Submissions.
MEAG AT WORK: Alternative suggested in medical negligence cases
CHARLES MACKENZIE is Australia’s foremost expert on tainted blood. His investigations exposed the biggest health treatment scandal in Australia’s history.
In 2001 he founded the Tainted Blood Product Action Group (TBPAG), which fought for the rights of patients infected with contaminated blood following the shocking revelations Australia’s blood supply had been compromised with tainted blood and tainted blood products.
In 2004 he went on to create the Independent Blood Council, a not-for-profit charity.
Charles is the author of a number of pivotal reports that led to restructuring Australia’s blood supply, including “HCV in Plasma in 1990” , and “The Lookback Report” .
Charles’ exposé revealed how in 1990 when blood donors were found to be positive to the hepatitis C virus, far from being excluded from donations as the public had previously been advised, were actually included in a clandestine blood donation program. This was highly alarming considering 90% of Australians with the blood disorder haemophilia are positive to hepatitis C as a direct result of using Red Cross blood products.
These revelations and more led to the Australian government inquiry “Expert Advisory Group on Hepatitis C and Plasma in 1990” [‘Barraclough Inquiry’ 2003], then his further reports on contaminated blood led to the Australian Senate conducting an “Inquiry into Hepatitis C and Blood Supply in Australia ”.
Charles’ activism won the right for all Australians to freely access Recombinant artificial plasma. This was important given the thousands of Australians who had been infected with deadly viruses from plasma derived from blood.
Charles has appeared on all national news bulletins including ABC Lateline, ABC Radio AM and PM, Channel 9 “Sunday” investigative affairs program, Channel 7 “Today Tonight” current affairs and national print media.
See Tainted Blood
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