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Our groups are made up of committed everyday people from all walks of life – young professionals, students, doctors, ex-consultants, business owners, public servants and more. They create positive change by leading and driving collective and coordinated campaign actions in their State or Territory to end global poverty. 

As a grassroots movement of empowered everyday people, we directly advocate to the decision-makers by working with the parliamentarians, media, and our community members.

Parliamentary Engagement

Understanding our parliamentary system and learning how we work with Federal Parliamentarians is key to creating change at scale. 

As a Results Advocate, we work to build long-term positive relationships with our Parliamentarians by regularly writing to and meeting with them on various issues of poverty.

Media Engagement

Media can be a powerful tool for building political and public will to end global poverty. 

We play five roles in engaging with the media to win our campaigns: 

  • Be the story
  • Create the story
  • Shape the story
  • Stop the story
  • Respond to the story

Community Engagement

Whether it may be a film screening, a market stall, or a community event, our role as an Advocate also includes working with our community to educate and inspire them to take action on the issues of global poverty.

Our Impact

In 2021, our Lead Advocacy Groups worked with 50+ parliamentarians, national media and our own community to advocate for global health equity and quality education everywhere. Our efforts led to the Australian government pledging $180 million to multilateral international development initiatives such as the Global Partnership for Education and supporting our neighbouring countries by providing 60 million COVID-19 doses. We also raised awareness about tuberculosis (TB – one of the major diseases of poverty) by lighting up 50 buildings around the country in red in honour of 1.4 million people who lose their lives to TB each year. 

In 2020, our Advocates reached out to more than 130 federal  parliamentarians and met with more than 60 of them on the issues of child immunisation and TB. We also contacted close to 100 healthcare organisations as part of the sector-wide #EndCOVIDForAll campaign.

Together, we influenced our government to:

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Our Advocacy

Most recently, our advocates worked to raise awareness about the issues of child immunisation, especially on polio. We wrote letters to the editor to major news outlets to create and share stories to state the case on why it is critical for the Australian Government to invest in global polio eradication efforts

Congratulations to Advocate, Maree Nutt, for getting published in The Sydney Morning Herald twice in the lead up to World Polio Day on 24 October 2021. Take a look!

The Sydney Morning Herald – 1 October 2021

The Sydney Morning Herald – 26 October 2021

Take a look at the other fantastic letters written by Results Advocates below!

Bruna Contro
Read her letters!

11 October – More dangerous, deadly mutations of COVID-19 could emerge in developing nations

Being born in a developing country myself (Brazil), it is devastating to read that more than 20 low-income countries won’t reach 70 per cent vaccination until after 2030. And while Australia and other developed countries need to commit to vaccine equity, it is also crucial to recognise the implications of COVID-19 on other diseases such as Polio around the world. Due to COVID-19, health resources have been diverted elsewhere, and there have been substantial barriers to accessing scheduled vaccinations for other diseases. 

Thanks to vaccines, Australia has been polio-free since 2000, and as of the end of 2020 (compared to 1988 figures), the number of people contracting polio each year has fallen by 99.96%. However, Polio has not been eradicated globally, with Pakistan and Afghanistan being the last remaining countries where the virus is still endemic. 

With the prevalence of COVID-19 and the potential of ‘more dangerous and deadly’ mutations emerging in developing nations, it is imperative and achievable to give Polio one last push to eliminate the small number of remaining cases, freeing these countries from at least one deadly disease.

11 October – ACT’s world-leading COVID-19 vaccination rates tipped to bolster recovery

It is very encouraging to see the ACT vaccination rates going up and the massive focus on the push to get as many people as possible vaccinated against COVID-19 Australia wide. 

At the same time, I feel it is essential to recognise the need for similar action regarding other diseases worldwide, such as Polio. Although Australia has been polio-free since 2000, it has not been eradicated globally. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the last remaining countries where the poliovirus is endemic. 

Thanks to vaccines, most of the globe is free from Polio. As of the end of 2020, and compared to 1988 figures, the number of people contracting polio each year has fallen by 99.96%. This demonstrates the success of mass vaccination. This is a great news story in global health, and it is imperative and achievable to eliminate the small number of remaining cases.

5 October – Anti-vaxxers trying to disrupt Australian rollout by making fake vaccine bookings

It’s very concerning to see people disrupting the vaccine rollout especially considering how many lives vaccines save every year. Thanks to vaccines, diseases like polio have been eradicated from most countries. In 1988, 350 000 people in 125 countries contracted the poliovirus. By 2018, this number had fallen to only 33 people. In 2021 so far, the number has reached 24. This demonstrates the success of mass vaccination.

Tom Jessup
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13 October – G20 calls on UN to coordinate Afghan aid

The reflexive G20 pledge to assist Afghanistan in avoiding a humanitarian disaster is a great sign of multilateral cooperation during especially tenuous times. 

However, this pledge must use this pledge as a holistic platform in targeting especially burdened sectors of Afghani society. Despite armed conflict being the sujet du jour, Afghanistan remains only one of two countries in the world to still be suffering from the polio epidemic. International financial aid must be channelled into the renewed bolstering of public health measures towards supporting the healthcare system in eradicating this disease.

7 October – WHO endorses use of world’ first malaria vaccine in Africa 

‘Despite the auspicious endorsement of the WHO regarding a novel malaria vaccine, we cannot lose sight of other unresolved epidemics despite purported success engendered from the eradication of a virus from the African continent. 

A clear example is the polio virus: although polio was officially eradicated from Africa last year, the destructive polio epidemic continues to persist in Afghanistan and Pakistan that is only further exacerbated by contemporary regional instability. 

In this regard, we must capitalise on regional eradication towards re-energising international efforts to stamp out epidemics globally so that all individuals across the globe have equitable access to vaccines.’

Janice Tan
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17 October – Australia’s polio survivors: they’ve forgotten that we’re still here

Thank you for shining the light on polio! Given that it has been eradicated in Australia since 2000, it has achieved almost ‘myth’ like status with some of my patients not knowing about the disease at all! Unfortunately, for some low to middle income countries, polio infections are very much still a reality. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, polio still remains at an endemic level. 

Given the challenging political situation in these nations, a coordinated global effort from more fortunate countries is required to strengthen the health systems and enable equitable access to polio vaccines. 
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a comprehensive strategy and would benefit from sustained support from the Australian Government. As COVID-19 has taught us with infectious diseases – it is not over until it is over for everyone.”

11 October – Vaccination victories only highlight how much is left undone

Thank you for highlighting the role of politics in the public health arena and also how the pandemic has only unveiled the cracks within our existing health system. It is worth also thinking internationally in this case to countries such as Afghanistan who have been under political turmoil in the last few decades. Not only is their health system crumbling under the COVID-19 pandemic, diseases that have been mostly eradicated, such as polio, are still endemic in the nation. 

Initiatives such as the Global Polio Eradication Initiatives (GPEI) are crucial in providing funding to strengthen developing nations’ health systems. This has subsequently resulted in successful control of polio outbreaks. It is therefore prudent for more fortunate nations, such as Australia, to consider contributing further to these joint global efforts in aiding countries like Afghanistan to battle these infectious diseases.”

Michelle Imison
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19 October – Australia needs to step up as Papua New Guinea is hit by COVID

‘It is timely that, in the context of discussing PNG’s current COVID-19 outbreak, Hillary Mansour also references both tuberculosis (TB) and polio (‘Australia needs to step up as Papua New Guinea is hit by COVID’, 18 October).

As a result of COVID-19, global deaths from TB have begun to climb again for the first time in a decade and the island of Daru, in PNG’s Western Province, has high rates of both illnesses.

This Sunday is World Polio Day, when we can rightly celebrate the fact that cases of wild polio have decreased by over 99% since 1980 as a result of global vaccination efforts.

Australia has recently helped PNG respond to TB and polio. We can, and must, step up again with COVID-19.

Extending a hand of cooperation is what neighbours do; it’s also enlightened self-interest. COVID cannot be over for anyone until it’s over for everyone – particularly when that risk is right next door.’

David Bailey
Read his letters!

22 October

Polio, Polio, since 2000 we’ve been clear

But I have been lurking really quite near

 

Polio, Polio, where have you been?

In Afghanistan and Pakistan sight unseen

 

Polio, Polio, why are you still there?

Because the World does not seem to care

 

Polio, Polio, what should Australia do?

Give money for vaccines that are tried and true

 

Polio, Polio, to whom should Australia give?

The Global Polio Eradication Initia-tive

 

Polio, Polio, to whom should I speak?

Speak to Minister Payne this week

 

Polio, Polio, why speak to Marise are you sure?

Yes, ‘cause World Polio Day is October 24

11 October – More dangerous, deadly mutations of COVID-19 could emerge in developing nations

It is perhaps only in hindsight that we see the big picture. I remember lining up with my schoolmates to get the pink oral Sabin polio vaccine in a small plastic spoon. It tasted so sweet I would have been happy to go back for seconds! I didn’t really know what it was for but I knew it was necessary. Times were much less complicated then – I had no thoughts of vaccine hesitancy. I had seen kids in leg-calipers in the community and people in iron lungs on television but I didn’t really make the connections between them and the sweet pink stuff.

Although Australia has been polio-free since 2000, it has not been eradicated globally. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the last remaining countries where the wild polio virus is endemic. If polio is present anywhere, it is a threat to everybody everywhere. Australians have demonstrated strong leadership in the fight against polio – the pioneering work of Sister Elizabeth Kenny, and the ongoing efforts of Rotary International initially under the leadership of Australian Sir Clem Renouf. Like smallpox before it, polio is one disease that Australia can help to eradicate in our lifetime if we make “one last push”.

Later this month, when the Australian Government is asked to renew their support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). This will ensure that every last child can look forward to the promise of a polio-free world.

Jawoon Kim
Read her letters!

19 October – Australia needs to step up as Papua New Guinea is hit by COVID

It only feels like yesterday that PNG had its measles outbreak in January 2020. Before then, there was the polio outbreak in 2018.

So, it’s not our first rodeo. But the news about PNG’s worst COVID outbreak (Australia needs to step up as Papua New Guinea is hit by COVID, 19 October) makes me wonder if we have learnt any lessons from these experiences. 

Tackling vaccine hesitancy when conspiracy theories are rampant is not an easy task, and our Government has a tough gig supporting the country and the region to recover from the pandemic.

But, we have done it before and we can do it again. Hiring more women as healthcare workers and working with mothers and grandmothers have been hugely helpful in busting vaccination myths for polio campaigns. And today, it’s heading towards becoming the second disease ever to be eradicated in the world. 

So, maybe it’s time to take stock and evaluate our strategies for COVID-19. Let’s make this rodeo count.

11 October – More dangerous, deadly mutations of COVID-19 could emerge in developing nations

Minister Zed Seselja’s commitment to COVID-19 vaccine equity (quoted in ’More dangerous, deadly’ mutations of COVID-19 could emerge in developing nations, 11 October 2021) is certainly welcome news. Everyone has a role to play in fighting infectious diseases as they know no borders, and we know this to be the case from many success stories we have seen in our lifetime. 

Take polio for example – only a few decades ago, it was one of the most feared infectious diseases in the world but is currently only endemic in two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. What made this outcome possible is a patent-free vaccine and a joint global effort (also proudly contributed by Australia) to distribute it with adequate global public health infrastructure. Thanks to the decades of polio eradication campaigns, we have everything we need – expertise, skills and the infrastructure. We just need to use them to make sure that we can make COVID-19 also a success story. 

And it’s not only because “none of us will be safe until everyone is safe”, but also because we all deserve to live a healthy life no matter where we are born.

1 October – The US ‘lost’ the Afghanistan war, Milley tells inquiry

While one war may have been lost in Afghanistan, there is still hope to win another war – against polio endemics. But, the return of the Taliban is likely to spike this decades-old disease that is almost eradicated in the rest of the world except in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We can’t lose sight of a war that can be won because we lost another.

Gayathri Menon
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5 October – Pfizer Covid jab ‘90% effective against hospitalisation for at least 6 months’

While it is encouraging to see the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine in preventing hospitalisation, it is important to recognise the implications of COVID-19 on other diseases such as polio around the world. Due to COVID-19, health resources have been diverted elsewhere and there have substantial barriers to accessing scheduled vaccinations for other diseases.

Kritika Jain
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7 October – WHO endorses use of world’ first malaria vaccine in Africa

“Vaccines prevent” – The WHO has approved the first malaria vaccine. Such wonderful news. With the Vaccination drive we smashed smallpox globally, polio could be the second one if we successfully vaccinate the people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Killki Salazar
Read her letters!

20 October – ‘The storm is coming’: Palaszczuk urges Queenslanders to get on the vax lifeboat

It is fantastic to see the Qld government working hard to push for vaccination uptake as we move forward towards life with COVID (in ‘The storm is coming’: Palaszczuk urges Queenslanders to get on the vax lifeboat). Thankfully, due to the vaccine, we are in a better position to confront the virus and protect the health of Queenslanders than most other countries. However, at this time it is important to remember that other viruses are present in the world and vaccine equity is hindering our efforts to reduce this health inequality. 

The Poliovirus, once epidemic across all continents, has now been eradicated in all but two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. This Sunday, 24th October is World Polio Day, we as Queenslanders and Australians need to call for action and greater advocacy of the Polio virus from our government. The Australian government can do more, and we have an opportunity to eradicate Polio while its numbers are low. We know how important vaccines are, so let’s get everyone vaccinated for all diseases and ensure we are all able to experience better health.