On 20th November, ASCA had an opportunity to meet Hon Peter Khalil, Federal Labor Leader for Willis. This meeting was set for us to lobby Federal Labor Leader for Willis to advocate for better services for people living with SCD on our behalf. The meeting was very successful and Hon Khalil has promised to help us raise awareness about this disease. We hope to make an announcement on how this will be done in the coming weeks. It was very nice to actually know that Hon Khalil understands this disease very well.
Australian Sickle Cell Advocacy Inc (ASCA) is a patient advocacy group supporting the rights of people living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) as they navigate the healthcare system in Australia. ASCA is a non-profit organisation started in 2014 and officially registered in October 2018. An advocacy group formed to fill the gap of highlighting the rising numbers of sickle cell disease in Australia. Although rare in some part of the world like Australia, sickle cell disease is affecting a lot of people.