South Australians diagnosed with lymphoedema now have greater access to therapeutic compression garments, thanks to investments from the Morrison Government and South Australian Marshall Government.
Member or Barker Tony Pasin said the Morrison Government has committed $2 million a year for lymphedema support at the National level.
“This funding will begin immediately and be ongoing. It’s fantastic that the Marshall Liberal Government will also provide almost $2.5 million over the next two years,” Mr Pasin said.
The federal funding will be used to boost state and territory schemes to subsidise compression garments for lymphoedema, and contribute to establish a scheme in South Australia.
Mr Pasin said SA has been one of the only State’s in Australia without subsidised therapeutic compression garments for lymphoedema patients.
“While at a Federal level the Morrison Government has been delivering funding through other States and Territories for some time, this new funding agreement with SA represents a significant step towards a nationally consistent approach to this important issue.”
“The Lymphoedema Support Group of South Australia raised this issue directly with Minister Hunt at the health forum I held in February 2019 in Mount Gambier. While the Morrison Government announced $10 million for subsidised specialist compression garments the following May, we needed the South Australian Government to come on board,” Mr Pasin said.
“This is a fantastic outcome for all lymphoedema patients in SA,” Mr Pasin said.
The new South Australian scheme will provide ongoing, sustainable access for eligible individuals to receive up to two sets of ready-to-wear or custom made garments, every six months.
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