ASCA attends Parliamentary Friends of People living with Rare Diseases event in Canberra

On 18th October 2019, we had the privilege of accepting an invitation from partner organisation Rare Voices Australia to attend an event at Parliament in Canberra. The event was to see the launch of the report, ‘Disability & Rare Disease: Towards person-centered Care for Australians with Rare Disease. RVA’s CEO, Nicole Millis also provided an update on the National Strategic Action Plan for Rare Diseases. The event was co-hosted by Dr. Mike Freelander MP and Mr. Trent Zimmerman MP. This event gave us an opportunity to interact with other patients organisations representing different rare diseases. It was also an opportunity for us to interact with different Members of Parliament and journalists who we exchanged contact details with and have been contacting them to advocate for the needs of people living with SCD.