Brock campaigns for better deal for lymphoedema sufferers

STRONG CASE: Geoff Brock is waging a battle on behalf of lymphoedema sufferers.

STRONG CASE: Geoff Brock is waging a battle on behalf of lymphoedema sufferers.

Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock wants the state government to back services and subsidies for lymphoedema sufferers.

The disease affects about 300,000 with breast-cancer survivors often facing the condition after lymph nodes are removed or damaged in surgery and radiation therapy.

It causes swelling of parts of the body because of problems with the lymphatic system, but tends to target the arms and legs of sufferers, affecting mobility and causing pain.

“Most patients manage the condition through the use of compression garments to help bring the swelling under control, but these garments are costly, need to be worn every day and require frequent replacement,” Mr Brock said.

“South Australia is the only state which fails to subsidise compression garments which can cost sufferers more than $3500 yearly to replace.”

Mr Brock approached Health Minister Stephen Wade about the issue and, with other MPs, raised the matter in parliament.

“I wrote to the Minister in August last year asking the government to advance a business case for the compression garment subsidy and designated public lymphoedema services," he said.

“I spoke to the Minister again recently … and hope for a positive outcome. It is important for the heath and well-being of sufferers that they have access to the same level of subsidies to assist in managing their conditions as residents from all other states.”

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