Support for women with prosthetics on offer

UPLIFTING: Rita Sullivan is hoping to raise awareness for a Medicare rebate available for prosthetic breasts at the fitting day on October 17.

UPLIFTING: Rita Sullivan is hoping to raise awareness for a Medicare rebate available for prosthetic breasts at the fitting day on October 17.

Support will be offer in all kinds of ways at Knickerboxers this month. 

Women are invited to head into the Kinghorne Street Store on October 17 to have their prosthesis and prosthesis bras fitted correctly.

There will also be a high tea organised by the Zonta Club of Berry, available for a gold coin donation. All proceeds will go to Look Good Feel Better, an organisation dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment.

Knickerboxers owner Rita Sullivan encouraged women to head in on Tuesday, October 17 for a fun, friendly day. 

“Prosthesis bras last roughly nine months so it’s really important that women have the right size and fit to ensure they’re comfortable,” she said. 

“A lot of women talk about back, shoulder and neck pain and often this can come down to the wrong fitting prosthesis or bra, particularly as their bodies change after cancer treatment.” 

A Medicare rebate available for prosthetics will also be highlighted.

“I have discovered an amazing amount of women don’t know about the rebate. I’ve had one woman say to me she’d had the same prosthesis for four years and I met another woman who was making hers out of sand. - Rita Sullivan

Rita said the Medicare rebate covers $400 for prosthetic breasts. With prosthetics costing between $400 and $499, Rita said it’s important women are aware of the rebate. 

“I have discovered an amazing amount of women don’t know about the rebate. I’ve had one woman say to me she’d had the same prosthesis for four years and I met another woman who was making hers out of sand,” Rita said. 

Rita said prosthetics have come a long way over the years, with new technology making them cooler, lighter and feel like a regular breast. 

Prosthetic bras have also advanced from the regular white and nude colours, to coming in a range of styles, colours and fabrics – just like a regular bra.

The October 17 event will run from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Appointments for fittings are not necessary, but are preferred. 

“The whole purpose of the day is to raise awareness for the Medicare rebate and make sure that women are getting properly fitted, particularly as their situation changes,” Rita said. 

“I also want women to find their inner woman again.”

To make an appointment, or for more information, contact 4422 8335.

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