Families across Melbourne are struggling
financially and cannot afford professional treatments therefore; the Department
of Health should consider Professional Head Lice Services under the health fund
rebate either through Medicare or private health insurance to help families
towards their cost of professional head lice treatments for approved medical
treatments. If Optometrists, Naturopaths, Dentists etc.
can be under the health fund rebate, why can’t Professional Head Lice Services?
There is an epidemic across Melbourne
with head lice in not only young children but also secondary schools and adults
and might not even realize that they have head lice and schools should be
making students tie their hair up. Families are battling to get rid of head lice
and children are going to school with lice and (nits) eggs because they don’t
know who to turn to for help and don’t know what to do which is causing a
health concern in all communities within Melbourne.
Parents are spending so much time and
wasting their hard earned money on treatments that are becoming resistant where
head lice have built up immunity therefore treatments are not working and
families are desperate for something that works.
families have more than one family member that requires treatment, most parents
can’t afford the treatments through a professional head Lice service and will
keep on battling with the problem themselves.
The CEO and
founder of Itch No More – Specialized Head Lice Treatment Service, Epping,
Melbourne notes that “over the past 12 months there has been a dramatic
increase in lice treatments and many families by the time they have visited Itch
No More have been struggling with head lice for many months if not years, having
dealt with missed work and other disruptions whilst battling the insects. As products for head lice treatments become
increasingly resistant to lice, we can only see the situation getting worse”.
the parents fault if treatments are not working and have not been given the
right tools in the first place to treat head lice properly. As parents, we have not been educated on how
to do a proper treatment or what head lice look like and as we are accustomed
to going to the pharmacy when our children have head lice, follow the
directions on the package, do an overwhelming amount of housework and if the
treatment didn’t work, will keep going back to the pharmacy and buy and try
something different in desperation to get rid of the lice”.
percentage of the population in Melbourne don’t even know that head lice
services exist and unless they have got to the stage of being at their ‘’wits
end’’ by spending hundreds of dollars at the pharmacies where both the
pharmacies and head lice manufacturers are preying on head lice, they will then
and only then seek help either by a referral, an advertisement or on the
Itch No More
has been offering families across Melbourne an effective option for the
treatment of head lice since 1 April, 2011 with a once-off
completely chemical-free natural alternative the LouseBuster device, a Therapeutic
Goods Association (TGA) approved heat treatment invented in Salt Lake City, Utah
in the United States that dehydrates all stages of head lice and their eggs in
a single 30 minute treatment.
Itch No More
has a signed contract with Larada Sciences Inc., as the Exclusive Service
Provider/Operator and Distributor of LouseBuster devices and for training in
using the device within Victoria and to date; we have treated over 400 families
with this device.