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Rob Boost

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Raised by 422 people in 8 months
Created November 2, 2018
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
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Hi, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Last week I got made up to Senior Firefighter, I completed my assessments a few days before I had the Neuro Stimulator trial installed in February and am happy to have it finished. It shows the level of support I receive from B shift and Djirilina. Without the support from these guys I’d be behind for years, so massive thanks to all involved.
We had the opportunity to speak about our experience at a conference a couple of weeks ago, sharing my personal experience with pain is not something I feel comfortable about as it’s different for everyone, but one common theme is depression over time. This needs to be better addressed by insurers so that people aren’t left in pain for months or years, and end up battling not only their day to day pain, but also depression.
Over the next few months we are going to be at the Workers Compensation Tribunal, our goal is to have ongoing treatment paid for by the employer so as that we don’t need to ask family, friends, colleagues and complete strangers for help anymore, and just have them pay for an injury that happened at work on the fireground!!!!
Massive thanks to you for all your ongoing support. Thank you!!
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Hi everyone.
It’s nearly three months since the stimulator has gone in. We’re really stoked to report that it’s still in and working great. I would say that it has been a massive success, basically cutting out most of my pain 95% of the time, so a fantastic result for me personally.
It hasn’t all been smooth sailing on the journey though, with a very stubborn staphylococcal infection making the healing process a little more difficult, although it looks like we might be getting on top of this slowly.
I’ve been able to return to Hobart Fire Brigade in a fulltime on shift role, which has been great getting back amongst the training and crews, I’m still a way off being operational, but in the coming months we will hopefully get a clearer picture on this. I’m stoked to be back!
The employer and insurer still haven’t started supporting my ongoing medical needs, with my treatment only being possible due to your epic ongoing support. On one hand I feel embarrassed about the amount of help I’ve needed to get to this point, but overwhelmingly I feel humbled by the massive show of support from all of you, without it, I would still be curled up in a ball of pain, or worse.
Looking to the near future, I’m hoping that the employer/insurer will concede to my specialist’s advice and begin paying the associated medical costs, if they decide not to concede, I hope to get a hearing with the Workers Compensation Tribunal as quickly as possible.
Once again, Djirilina and I are so thankful for your generous and ongoing support through all of this, thank you for making this treatment available to me, and because of that, our grommies are getting to see their dad not in bed and curled up, but happy, positive, engaged and smiling.
Cheers, Rob
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Hi everyone. On the 22nd March I had a permanent neuro stimulator installed by my specialist, the procedure was lengthy but well executed. We spent a lot of time before the surgery making sure that the stimulator module was going to be in a position that minimised the chance of doing it damage when I wear self contained breathing apparatus (BA). We want every chance at getting back to frontline duties.
When the neuro stimulator was switched on, it was amazing, better than the trial!! I’m so stoked that it’s in and working as well as it is, my quality of life over this last month has improved exponentially as my pain is now controlled through this amazing device.
My family and friends have informed me that they have seen a massive change in me, I’m much more energetic, enthusiastic and engaged in day to day life than I have been the last 3 years.
I want to thank all of you that have helped make this reality possible, without the ongoing support from all of you, I’d still be curled up in a ball of pain wishing the days away.
Now, any sane person with a conscious would think that the fire service and insurer would have happily backed the treatment after the trial being so successful, but unfortunately, along with your help we have had to go it alone. The employer nor the insurer support the treatment, and have formally rejected their liability for the treatment I have received.
We will keep being progressive, the next step is taking the insurer to the tribunal to get a decision for my ongoing medical treatment.
Without you, my family, my pain specialist and Medtronic none of this would have been possible, so thank you all. Cheers Rob
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- [ ] Hi everyone, just a quick update on where we’re at. Early February I had the trial neuro stimulator installed into my cervical spine and into my forehead. To say it worked is a massive understatement, it was absolutely life changing! It remained implanted for two weeks before being removed (as it was only ever a temporary procedure). Those two weeks have given me hope that there is a practical solution to the pain I have been coping with, and for the 3rd anniversary to roll around whilst being relatively pain free was amazing. Unfortunately we have not yet heard from the Fire Service or the insurance company if they will support this treatment moving forward....we can only hope! But regardless of their position we are going to keep being progressive and work towards getting a permanent neuro stimulator installed (sooner rather than later). So thank you all for supporting us through this, I really can’t thank you enough, this progressive treatment wouldn’t be possible without your much appreciated contributions. Hopefully for the 4th anniversary of the accident, I’ll be back on the trucks. Thanks again. Cheers, Rob.
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