"My culture and chronic disease."

About: Aboriginal Chronic Disease Care Coordination Program (Murrumbidgee Medicare Local)

(as the patient),

In the past 8 Years I have lost both parents and a brother. Come from small community in the Riverina. Both parents have worked since the age of 12 years, they were successful in supporting son to become a Doctor of Medicine however he passed away 8 years ago unknown causes. This was ironic due to my mother having distrust and fear of the medical world. This was due to her own parents passing at the age of 50 years due to progressive lung disease. Both my parents and grandparents were not able to access the medical needs due to limit finace. I believe my parents would have had better quality of life if the current supports would have been accessable two years ago. My father's medical specilist would cost $800 for three mths, without taking into consideration his daily medical needs.

My culture and family history set off my future path thanks to the Closing the Gap program and dedicated workers at Murrumbidgee Medicare Local (Ann Maree Ingram and Karen Ingram). I have access to appropriate medical service in timely manner . I do not want to die the way my parent and grandparents suffered.

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Responses

Response from Noreen Cubis, Safety and Quality Manager, Murrumbidgee Medicare Local

Thank you Hallie for this feedback. The MML is pleased to be offering culturally appropriate Care Coordination and Outreach support activities which make a difference to peoples lives.

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