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Monday, 30 November 2015
Page: 13989

Lymphoedema Services

Dear Dr Jensen

Thank you for your correspondence of 15 October 2015 (1097/1594) seeking a response to a petition that has been submitted to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Petitions regarding lymphoedema services in the electorate of Robertson.

The Government is committed to the provision of high quality health care in Australia and recognises that to have sustainable and accessible services to all communities, Australia

needs to fully utilise the skills of our well-educated health professionals, with an emphasis on client-centred, multi-disciplinary health care.

Physiotherapists, occupational therapists and community nurses are part of the health care team that can provide lymphoedema management services. This can be either in the public or private sectors. With states and territories being responsible for the delivery of public

hospital and community health services, I would recommend that the constituents of Robertson, who are understandably concerned about waiting times, raise this matter directly with the New South Wales Minister for Health, the Hon Jillian Skinner MP.

Minister Skinner may be contacted via email at or by telephone on (02) 8574 5700.

I hope that the constituents of Robertson's concerns are resolved to their satisfaction. Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention.

from the Minister for Health, Ms Ley