Dialysis a burden for families too

THE TRIALS and tribulations imposed on families by the absence of dialysis services on the Fraser Coast has been brought home to bear at a meeting of a new organisation in Maryborough.

A group of 29 people, including nine dialysis patients, met to plan a strategy to lobby the government to provide “appropriate dialysis services in Maryborough for citizens of Maryborough and surrounds”.

The group expressed pleasure at the attendance of Nationals Gympie MP David Gibson and Maryborough general practitioner Paul Cotton of the Fraser Coast Health Focus Group.

The group has set up a steering committee to formalise the organisation, to seek out further support and to lobby the government.

“The meeting again highlighted the human tragedy involved in this situation,” facilitator Anne Maddern said.

The daughter of a dialysis patient indicated the strain the whole family was under with other members of the family developing stress-related medical conditions as a consequence.

“The need for dialysis not only impacts adversely on the patient but on their family members, wider social circles and the community in general,” Ms Maddern said.

Another meeting of the lobby group is planned for January 18.



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