Make Scoliosis Screening Compulsory in Australian Schools

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My name is Jade and I was diagnosed with Scoliosis at age 13 (now 19). Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine. Scoliosis currently affects 1 in every 25 people. Those diagnosed with scoliosis can continue to live their every day lives, while others require bracing, monitoring and surgery. 

The condition particularly develops in individuals aged between 9 and 16 and is more common among females. 

School screening should be made mandatory because early detection has been shown to increase the effectiveness of treatment. This would only occur with a small cost to train staff members to be able to carry out the simple "Forward bend" test.

This condition has affected me for the past 6 years. After being diagnosed at 13, I have had a back brace and I had the corrective spinal surgery at age 16. I suffer from pain and discomfort everyday and I believe that early intervention would have improved my quality of life and the same for many others. 

I created this petition to raise awareness about scoliosis and ensure that students, teachers and parents are educated about scoliosis in the early stages. Having mandatory screening in schools is the perfect solution to target scoliosis at a point in time where treatment is most effective. 

Currently, there is nothing in place to educate young people and their parents about the signs of scoliosis. This is troublesome because if the condition goes undetected, early treatments, such as back bracing, can be deemed ineffective.

Please join me in encouraging the Health and Education Ministers in introducing mandatory scoliosis screenings schools. 



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