Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan today welcomed the announcement that the grant for people with Inborn Error of Metabolism (IEM) will be maintained.
Kevin Hogan met with Health Minister Sussan Ley in early June and raised the issue of IEM grants which affects local residents such as Jayden Driussi.
“I asked the minister to reconsider proposed changes as it would cause hardship for families affected by this condition. Yesterday she agreed,” he said.
“This is great news and will be welcomed by families who are affected by this relatively rare condition which severely limits the range of foods their body can handle.
“Unlike other food-related illnesses and allergies, this condition cannot be managed using food alternatives you can buy in the supermarket.”
The IEM programme to help manage this condition, including a subsidy for the purchase of low-protein products, was due to finish on December 31 this year.