Multiple Sclerosis: Kiss Good Buy to MS (29.05.2013)
Written on the 11 June 2013
Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- Today is World MS Day. Just over two weeks ago I met a remarkable woman, Megan Healey, who is undertaking an extraordinary endeavour to raise awareness and funds for the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign. Megan has always been active, whether that has been playing tennis, bungee jumping, horseriding or even skydiving. But now Megan is wheelchair bound. This barrier did not stop her from undertaking a ride from Melbourne to Sydney on a lawnmower; she commenced her trip outside the Melbourne Brain Centre in Parkville. Proudly watching on and waving her off were her three children, her husband and many supporters. Megan came up with the idea whilst mowing her lawns where she lives on the New South Wales central coast.
In attendance at the campaign launch were Professor Trevor Kilpatrick, who leads the multiple sclerosis (MS) division at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health; Dr Ben Emery; Jeremy Wright, the CEO of MS Research Australia; and Deborah Cerasa, the CEO of MS Australia. Megan's story is certainly an inspirational one. As someone with a profound disability, she completes her journey today and should be congratulated on raising awareness of MS as well as on her extraordinary courage and determination.
The Minister for Disability Services and Reform, Ms Wooldridge, and the Premier, Dr Napthine, reached a historic agreement with the Prime Minister on 4 May allowing for the full rollout of the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS), now known as DisabilityCare Australia, across Victoria by 2019. Mrs Coote, who is the Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services, was also in attendance for the announcement. Minister Wooldridge has said that the agreement will provide more than 100 000 Victorian residents with significant or profound disability -- people like Megan -- with choice and control over their care and support services. Commencing in the Barwon region on 1 July, being the largest launch site in Australia, and having the Transport Accident Commission located in Geelong, it is common sense for the NDIS headquarters to be located in Geelong. I look forward to that being the case.