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Old 31st Jul 2022, 22:06
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How CASA Helps Regional Australia.

The GPs do the best they can, but for cardiologists, oncologists, dermatologists, neurosurgeons, and neurologists, I have to get to Brisbane to see those. The expectation for me to sit in the car for six hours' drive for a short appointment down there, and then have to face six hours coming back, it's torture, pure torture."……

……….President Fiona Hodson said the organisation's annual survey showed that 53 per cent of chronic pain sufferers in regional Australia were not getting the medical help they needed due to their location. Ms Hodson said the lack of services often led people to self-medicate, and the recent survey of 1,500 chronic pain sufferers showed 48 per cent used alcohol to self-medicate.

That figure was 28 per cent for cigarettes and 26 per cent for non-medically prescribed cannabis.

Ms Hodson said the survey also showed that 70 per cent of chronic pain sufferers had gone without food in order to continue treating their condition, and 55 per cent said they had not been able to see a specialist due to the cost.

Having private health insurance did not seem to help either, as 65 per cent of respondents with policies said they were still going without food and fuel to get treatment.

"Health services and treatment options, which are inaccessible due to remoteness and also unaffordable for many, can force people living with chronic pain to seek out unsafe ways to manage and cope with their pain," Ms Hodson said.

Remind me again how CASA did their best to destroy Angel Flight? How is CASA anything more than an obstacle to safe and efficient use of Aviation in Australia? They should be facilitating aviation instead of doing their best to destroy it.

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