The Commonwealth Government is encouraging people to volunteer their time to help people who have sickle cells.
The government has also launched a new app to help patients with chronic diseases get around.
The app, called Sickle Cell Disease Traveler, will allow people to register for free, and get a free shuttle to the CBD from a nearby terminal.
It will then be used to take sicklecell patients to other locations in Melbourne.
“This is one of the first steps in a long process of getting the sicklecells treated, but it’s a really important step,” Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.
“We are doing everything we can to make sure that everyone who is in the community gets access to a safe and effective treatment option.”
Health experts say the new app will help people with chronic illnesses get around more efficiently.
“It’s very exciting to see a lot of patients and their families in our community volunteering to help,” Dr Lisa Dutton from the Victoria University of Technology’s Centre for Health Security and Health Policy, said.
She said many patients with sickle Cell have to use taxis to get to other parts of the state, and that getting to their designated destination faster was an important part of the process.
“If you have an urgent medical condition that needs to be managed more efficiently and more expeditiously, you need to have the ability to travel in the vehicle, as opposed to the person getting in a taxi,” she said.
A pilot project has also been launched in Adelaide, where people can sign up to be volunteers in the CBD.
“There is a lot that we can do here to make our community safer,” Ms Hennesst said.
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