National Amputee Awareness Week on 4-11 October 2020, provides an opportunity to “shine a light” on those in our community living with limb loss and remind them they are not alone.
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann MP said with more than 4,400 amputations occurring in Australia hospitals each year, it was important to raise awareness of this lifelong disability.
“The main causes of amputation include diabetes, cancer, vascular disease, infection and traumatic accidents, which means many of us will know someone who lost a limb,” Mr Neumann said.
“It is a traumatic time for those living with limb loss, as well as their families, friends and colleagues.
“We need to reduce the stigma to ensure we can provide the best opportunities and quality of life for all Australians.”
Mr Neumann praised the work of Limbs 4 Life, Diabetes Australia and various veterans’ groups which have raised awareness and provided opportunities for Australians living with limb loss.
“I’ve met veterans who have suffered life-changing injuries in service to our nation.
“They do not want to be defined by their injuries and through sporting and community programs have found the inspiration to continue participating meaningfully in our community.
“All those locals who are living with limb loss deserve the same opportunities to work, play sport and contribute to society.
“That is why I am proud to support the National Amputee Awareness Week.”
Diabetes Australia’s research indicates that about 85 per cent of amputations in Australia are preventable.
Mr Neumann said we have the second highest rate of diabetic-related amputations in the developed world, second only to the USA.
“Major limb amputations are 38 times more likely in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 25 to 49 years of age.
“While some people lose a limb due of a traumatic accident, we can prevent some of these traumas.”
Mr Neumann is participating in Diabetes Australia’s Get Your Socks Off campaign and has posted a video on social media - Link