UPDATE: In July 2020, SA Health established a Lymphoedema Compression Garment Subsidy Scheme (the Scheme) for eligible South Australians to be provided with up to two garments for each affected body part, free of charge. This is a tremendous win for all those affected by this condition.
Troy's office first became involved in this issue in 2018, through passionate local women like Pam Moulden and Dulcie Hoggan, who have struggled with the effects of lymphoedema for years.
Read Troy's original 2018 motion to State Parliament here.
Lymphoedema is a chronic lifelong condition, which can develop after various types of cancer, that requires the use of bulky compression garments to make daily life more comfortable.
The cost of these garments can range from $200-$3,500 a year - a significant cost burden upon people recovering from cancer. South Australia was the only state not to have a garment subsidy scheme in place.
Mount Gambier breast cancer survivor Dulcie Hoggan kindly allowed Troy to share her personal story in State Parliament.
In 2018, Troy called on the State Government to introduce a subsidy scheme for these garments, to ensure the thousands of South Australians that live with this condition are not financially impacted.