Well it’s been an extremely busy couple of months in La Trobe. As your representative in parliament we’ve seen a lot of successes and developments.
Thankfully, the life-saving drug Soliris has been recommended by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) for listing on the PBS for the treatment of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS). This has been a great relief to sufferers of aHUS and their families.
I have been working closely with resident Jenny Scott whose only grandchild Bianca Scott is at risk of losing her life if she doesn’t receive this medication which costs $500,000.00 per year. So seeing this decision handed down has made Jenny and resident Linda Van De Loop, whose daughter Holly also suffers from aHUS, extremely happy.
Most of you will have received a letter from me in the past month sharing what work has been done so far and asking for your views on what is most important to you in La Trobe. Thank you to the huge amount of people who have gotten back to me already – your feedback is invaluable. I’m still getting through all your responses, but I would like to encourage anyone who hasn’t yet filled out the survey to get onto my website www.jasonwood.com.au and fill it out there. The more you tell me, the more I can do for you.
ANZAC Day has just passed and I hope everyone found the information flyer that was sent out very useful. ANZAC Day is not only a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, it is also a day to discuss the perils of war and the fallen soldiers of Australia with our children and grandchildren, and a day to come together as a nation to reflect and acknowledge that although war should never be glorified, those who fought for our freedom deserve our deepest gratitude.
On another note, my wife Judy and I welcomed our first child Jasmine into the world this Good Friday. We have begun a new stage in our lives and are happy to have Jasmine in our family, but Mr. Black (The Great Dane) is still adjusting!
Jason Wood MP, Federal Member for La Trobe.
For further information please contact the office of Jason Wood MP on (03) 9768 9164 or Atia Sadiqzai via Atia.Sadiqzai@aph.gov.au.