Push for CF specialist to see patients in regions

FIVE people in the Gladstone region are living with a death sentence - and they need you.

As CF Queensland's major annual fundraiser bounces into its third week, the advocacy group's chief has called on the Palaszczuk Government to reinstate funding cut by the previous state government.

Cath Parker said $90,000 would pay for a specialist to visit patients in Gladstone and other regional centres across the state.

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"We need to ensure our hospitals and allied health providers are resourced in a way that is adequate to manage the complexities of CF, therefore keeping our community out of hospitals for longer and having a more active, fulfilling life," Ms Parker said.

Ms Parker said an outreach dietitian would make a huge difference for sufferers coping with meeting special dietary requirements.

"Recently, funding has been cut for the specialist CF dietitian to accompany outreach teams to regional areas," she said.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick said there would be a review of the program under which CFQ had applied for funding.

"We will carefully consider the outcomes of the review."

To join the Big Bounce fundraiser visit www.cysticfibrosis.org.au.



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