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Monday, 29 May 2000
Page: 16381

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

The petition of electors of the Division of Paterson draws to the attention of the House the need for diabetics to regularly access podiatry services and the enormous costs associated with accessing that service in the long term.

We believe that because many diabetics need regular check-ups to ensure the health of their feet, and that diabetes can often cause damage to, and even amputation of feet, the Government should ensure adequate levels of access to podiatry services for diabetics. Better access to podiatry will mean cost savings in the long term.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House recognises the special problems that diabetics face and takes action urgently to meet their needs.

by Mr Horne (from 810 citizens).