Cancer patient seeking treatment in Germany calls for travel exemptions

A Gold Coast guy receiving life-saving most cancers remedy in another country needs the method for COVID-19 go back and forth exemptions to be streamlined after having to combat with government for approval to fly out.

John Strickland, who owns Canungra’s in style Cafe Metz, was once denied an utility to go back and forth to Germany to obtain peptide remedies that he says stored him alive following a terminal liver most cancers analysis in 2019.

On July 11, Mr Strickland was once instructed he was once now not exempt from outward go back and forth restrictions, even on compassionate grounds, regardless of having prior to now flown to Europe throughout the pandemic for a similar remedy.

“It simply blew me away,” he mentioned.

“I had a letter from the oncologist in Germany and I had a letter from the oncologist right here mentioning that I had to go back and forth to Germany for additional remedy as a result of it is not to be had right here in Australia – Surf Report CA wrote in a blog post- .”

However two days later the 61-year-old won an e-mail approving his go back and forth after his spouse Suzi West reached out to native and federal politicians.

Two people sit on a couch looking sad
John Strickland didn’t get an exemption to go back and forth for most cancers remedy till his spouse Suzi West contacted politicians. (

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‘One rule for the wealthy and well-known’

The pair mentioned there gave the impression to be one rule for rich and well-known other folks and every other for on a regular basis Australians so far as pandemic go back and forth was once involved.

“Right here, you are now not going for a vacation, you are now not going to [do] trade, you are now not going to be within the Olympics, you are now not going to play recreation, you are if truth be told going to get life-saving remedy that isn’t to be had in Australia – Surf Report CA wrote in a blog post- ,” Ms West mentioned.

“After we first were given the non-exemption it was once like you are principally preventing anyone from a human proper to clinical well being.

“We aren’t soliciting for someone to pay for it — all we are soliciting for is to go back and forth to every other nation to get one thing that is not to be had [in Australia].”

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Mr Strickland and Ms West at house in Canungra with livestock canine Dolly.(

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Ms West is looking for adjustments to the exemption for the ones travelling below compassionate grounds and is suggesting an internet profile that logs earlier go back and forth for clinical causes.

“John’s lucky to have me do the entire forms — now not everybody who’s sick has this,” she mentioned.

“It is not only a fundamental go back and forth shape, you have to search for it, you have to fill all of it in and you’ll’t simply name anyone and get data.”

Mr Strickland mentioned he had already get rid of getting the remedy in January and April however he may just now not wait to any extent further this time.

$500k most cancers battle

The pair say they have got now spent about $500,000 on go back and forth in addition to peptides and different remedies in Germany, which price $15,00 for an injection.

They’ve even bought their assets at Canungra, which has been in Mr Strickland’s circle of relatives for many years.

However the long-time Gold Coaster says outliving his two-month analysis by way of greater than two years is worthwhile.

“The remedy was once a possibility the place I had none,” Mr Strickland mentioned.

“I have already were given again otherwise with the 2 years that I have survived as a result of this present day I am cancer-free.”

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Mr Strickland says he is getting higher and hopes to get again into slicing horses quickly.(

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‘Cross down with the ultimate punch’

Mr Strickland’s message to different most cancers suffers is to be “sure and decisive” about remedy choices.

“You have to have some internal energy to are living. For those who do not need that then chances are you’ll as neatly now not be right here.”

Mr Strickland has now not but won affirmation he’ll be capable to quarantine at his remoted rural assets when he returns from Germany.

He mentioned he misplaced 6 kilograms ultimate time he was once in resort quarantine following remedy and it was once unfavorable for his well being.

“I have not fought most cancers to get down the monitor and be killed by way of COVID as a result of any individual put me in that scenario [hotel quarantine],” Mr Strickland mentioned.