The Australian Chemical Trauma Alliance (ACTA) was formed
when it was discovered that there was no organisation that was dedicated
exclusively to providing support for chemically affected people. Members
have access to the following services: counselling, advice, referrals to
appropriate medical and legal practitioners, and introductions to other
members for mutual support. In addition, there is a
("Update") and an annual conference. It is a national organisation operated
by volunteers with State and regional representatives. Some States feature
regular social gatherings. ACTA collaborates with similar organisations
in the USA, UK, New Zealand and India, and is continually engaged in lobbying
government and other groups about the welfare of members.
Essentially ACTA is a support network for the chemically
affected. The aims and objectives of the organisation are as follows:
ACTA maintains an ongoing watch on the situation of chemical
victims in other developed nations. While it is true that there is still
a great deal of resistance to recognising chemically induced illness as
a legitimate complaint by vested interests (insurers, "insurance medical
specialists", employers, etc.), it is also a fact that great progress has
been made, particularly in the USA and Canada, where recognition by governments
and their agencies has led to new precedents being established in the treatment
and support of the chemically affected.
Counsel, advise and refer chemical victims who are members
of ACTA to sympathetic professionals.
Introduce members to each other for mutual support.
Procure and exchange information about relevant matters.
Raise awareness of problems faced by chemical victims.
Educate and publicise in order to limit the spread of chemically
Work at all levels to advance the interests of the chemically
Publish and circulate a newsletter on a bi-monthly basis.
Implement any measures which the Committee may approve from
time to time to advance the interests of members.
Continue to seek new members.
Solicit funding from sources approved by Committee and raise
money by the sale of information, buttons and other publicity devices.
No grants, gifts, funds or other contributions will be accepted
from any source which may compromise the independence, integrity and objectives
Advertising of any nature will only be considered for inclusion
in the newsletter if it emanates from members, and then only at the discretion
of the Committee.
Any matters pertaining to ACTA, particularly membership lists
will not be disclosed to anyone who is not a member without the consent
of the Committee.
It is now a question of getting similar initiatives introduced
into Australia. Because of a lack of background from which to extend, each
attempt to do so is heavily handicapped. Here too there are those who benefit
from the status quo, and who are anxious to see that it is not disturbed!
Ordinary membership of ACTA is open to chemical victims.
However, other interested parties may also apply for associate membership.
If you would like to become a member of ACTA print the
and mail it with your payment to:
PO Box 987
Inverell NSW 2360
Especially if you are applying for Ordinary Membership,
it is important to share your history with ACTA in an accompanying letter
to establish your eligibility as a chemically affected person. Tell us
Any particular problems which you have experienced since
you became poisoned.
The names of the doctors / specialists / lawyers who have
supported your claim of being chemically affected.
Those who have opposed you.
Any specific difficulties you are now dealing with, e.g.
trouble with employers, Councils, neighbours, etc.
Please don't forget to name the chemical/s you were poisoned
by and how this came about.