Questions in Parliament

Kristie Johnston, Question to the Health Minister, 18 June 2024.

By June 18, 2024No Comments

Thank you honourable Speaker.

My question is to the Minister for Health.

Minister, my constituent Sheree, a single mum with a daughter who has a rare genetic disorder, autism and developmental delays, has been through hell and back with a stage 3b breast cancer diagnosis on 1 May 2019.

She had chemotherapy and radiation treatment, a bilateral mastectomy in November 2019, and her ovaries removed in February 2021.

She is a cancer survivor but her mental health is suffering waiting for breast reconstruction surgery. In her own words she says… I am aware that giving a woman back her breasts isn’t deemed urgent as it is indeed not life-threatening to be without breasts.  However, if a woman has been through the worst ordeal of her life and has had to lose all that gives her femineity, including her ability to have children, surely she is entitled to get a small part of that back with a timely reconstruction instead of having to wait an unknown length of time to finally be able to close the ‘cancer chapter’.

Sheree has been on the waiting list since February 2021 for reconstructive surgery. Minister, what comfort can you give Sheree that the upcoming budget won’t prolong her suffering and that she will receive the surgery she needs sooner rather than later?

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