Life-saving depression treatment not covered

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TMS is a technology which uses magnetic fields to stimulate and heal the parts of the brain which aren't functioning properly in severely depressed people. It saved my life when I was suffering from major depression, but only because I had private medical insurance and access to the private hospitals where TMS is offered. Medicare still doesn't cover this treatment, even though it has been rated as 'highly effective' by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Psychiatrists in England, the American Psychiatric Association and major medical providers throughout the US and Europe. Now I want all Australians to have the same access to TMS that I had. Public patients - the Australians who depend on Medicare every day - deserve better. When I was severely unwell, I could not eat, play with my two young children or work as a school teacher. After several sessions of TMS, I was back to being an loving wife and an energetic Mum. I have returned to work and begun to give back to all the people who supported me throughout my illness. Please sign my petition: I want all Australians to have access to the same medical treatment that I had, regardless of their income. More info on TMS can be found at: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2015/s4279810.htm


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