For Kaikohe Hush Lounge owner, Bo-Deene Stephens offering brow work for cancer patients who have lost their hair makes her mahi extra meaningful.
“It’s been an honour to provide my services for patients or should I say warriors who battle cancer, she says.”
Back in March, Bo-Deene announced her excitement online, having been approved to be a cosmetic tattoo provider for The Cancer Society.
“Last year I did a lady's brows who loved them. She worked for the Cancer Society and all her clients loved them too, so she got forms for me to sign and send off to become a provider.
“Patients will get to have brows again. I have wahine who have been waiting for this to be approved from Hokianga, Kaitaia, Whangārei and Kaikohe,” Bo-Deene says.
The service has been embraced as a wonderful pick me up. One client saying, “It was lovely to be pampered and well looked after. I felt totally relaxed. Thank you for my gorgeous brows.
“And a huge thankyou to Te Whatu Ora for funding a wonderful service.”
Te Whatu Ora offers a subsidy for people suffering permanent or temporary hair loss due to a medical condition or certain cancer treatments.
“We know the impact that temporary or permanent hair loss can have on people and this contribution to their wellbeing can be invaluable for our patients and their whānau,” says Mark Powell, Te Whatu Ora Group Manager Community Health System Improvement and Innovation – Commissioning.
“Individuals can choose a supplier and then make a request for reimbursement, either through their suppliers or directly through us.”
For adults the maximum funding for permanent hair loss is $2,330.67, over a nine-year period. For temporary hair loss Te Whatu Ora provide $408.89, over a one-year period. For children, $1,226.67 is provided, over a three-year period.
Any business can apply to become registered as a Te Whatu Ora provider and we welcome their applications.
Wigs and hairpieces subsidy – Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand