Rob Boost is a career firefighter with the Tasmania Fire Service, husband to DJ, and father to two adored children.
In February 2016, Rob suffered a traumatic injury at work when he was struck on the head by a falling tree branch while working on a wildfire in Tasmania’s South West National Park. This has left him with debilitating pain and other significant side-effects, requiring extensive and ongoing treatment, and effectively unable to work in his full capacity. The impact on family and quality of life is even more devastating.
Firefighters work to protect people, property, and the environment for all Tasmanians. We do this for our communities despite the knowledge that we can at times be at risk ourselves. We do this in the belief that, as a last resort, our employer, the Tasmania Fire Service, who has a duty of care to its employees, will look after us if things go wrong while we are looking after others. Sadly, this isn’t always the case.
Rob was recently notified by the Tasmania Fire Service’s insurer, Allianz, that they will no longer pay costs associated with some treatment that has been prescribed by Rob’s medical team. These recommended treatments include infusions for chronic pain relief, and the trial of a neurostimulator. The Tasmanian team making these recommendations consists of a Neurologist, Rheumatologist, Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, a team of Psychiatrists, a Psychologist, and his own GP, all of whom have worked closely and in collaboration with Rob over this time. The decision by Allianz is based on recommendations from their medical expert whose last consult with Robert Boost was in February 2017. This is seemingly a case of profits over people.
With the Tasmania Fire Service and Allianz refusing to pay for the recommended treatments Robert Boost has been left in a terrible position. Rob is currently seeking legal advice and is facing the possibility of having to challenge the insurer in court, all so he can simply receive the ongoing treatment recommended by his medical team for the injury he sustained at work. This is simply not good enough.
Rob is considering options for self-funding some treatment, at a significant personal cost, and has recently sold his car and caravan to kickstart this process. As work colleagues of Rob’s, it is devastating to see him placed in this position by the actions of our employer and their insurer.
Rob is an incredible guy, and is focused on recovering for his family and to get back to work. We are doing everything we can to support Rob, and we call on the Tasmanian Fire Service and Tasmania Government to resolve the impasse.
In the mean time, Rob Boost needs your help too. Rob needs immediate financial help to cover the gap that now exists to fund his recommended medical treatment and legal challenge. Please, consider if you can help Rob and his family.
With thanks on behalf of the Boost family, their friends, and his firefighting colleagues