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Monday, 20 August 2012
Page: 9327

Haemochromatosis

Debate resumed on the motion by Ms Hall:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Haemochromatosis Awareness Week is held from 13 to 19 August 2012 and aims to raise awareness of the symptoms and treatment of haemochromatosis;

(b) haemochromatosis is an iron overload disorder and is the most common genetic disorder in Australia; and

(c) more than 100,000 Australians, approximately 1 in 200 people with European ancestry, have the genetic predisposition for haemochromatosis;

(2) notes with concern that:

(a) the condition is seriously underdiagnosed even though haemochromatosis can be easily diagnosed by a simple blood test; and

(b) many people may be suffering from the symptoms without knowing the underlying cause;

(3) acknowledges the work of the voluntary advocacy and support group Haemochromatosis Australia in facilitating Haemochromatosis Awareness Week;

(4) recognises that the symptoms of iron overload include, at:

(a) lower levels, chronic fatigue and joint pain leading to arthritis; and

(b) higher levels, liver cancer, diabetes and serious tissue damage including the weakening of the heart muscle; and

(5) asks all Members to support Haemochromatosis Awareness Week by raising awareness of the condition in their electorates.