This is my O2 rant for April, even though it’s May. The Federal Budget, announced on 8 May 2012 by Treasurer Wayne Swan, included a huge amount for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). NDIS will be introduced a year or so earlier than the recommendation of the Productivity Commission.
I lodged a submission (DR618) appeared before the Productivity Commission and am disappointed that there was no reference to oxygen in its final report. This was incredibly disappointing but I am hopeful that the final package will include something as important as oxygen.
The problem is that oxygen doesn’t sit neatly within disability services. It is rare for people to think about people who need oxygen as people with a disability, yet it is an incredibly expensive commodity and lives are miserable because of its expense. I’ll write more soon. But here’s a paper I wrote a few years ago that sets the scene for how oxygen is (not) supported in this country.
Watch this space!