"Changing Lives...One Appointment at a Time""
Businesses aren't usually born out of tragedy, but when Darren Lemin was struck down with leukaemia his start-up was conceived.
A visit to the GP for a bruise on his ankle became his worst nightmare. After being told his test results showed some form of blood cancer, they were also advised it could be quite some time to get into see a specialist, which they thought was strange given the circumstances. Devastated with the news, their main concern was getting specialist care urgently. As Darren's wife Michelle had worked in the health industry for some time, thankfully she was able to utilise her contacts and organise an appointment for Darren the following day. After many routine tests, the diagnosis was confirmed! Darren had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, an aggressive form of the disease that could take over his body within 8 weeks. With 3 small children, the youngest being 9 months, Darren underwent three rounds of heavy chemotherapy and there was many times he nearly lost his fight!
We are glad to say there is a happy ending to this story...but unfortunately there are many stories that dont turn out the same way.
"We are all about making a difference to others and ensuring they get health care sooner!"
After having this experience at the forefront of his mind for over 14 years and with Michelle working in the health industry and constantly being asked about specialists and appointment availability. They decided it was time to help others. Their idea was to establish a website that could connect Doctors and patients to healthcare specialists giving them access to appointments sooner.
In 2013 their dream became a reality and ineedaspecialist.com.au was created
The INAS service acts as a middleman between GP's, patients and specialists. It utilises the online community which includes an extensive network of contacts within the medical profession to ensure access to unallocated, cancelled and emergency appointments.
We stress that INAS is not about skipping queues or cheating waiting lists, it's about giving the Australian community two important things...knowledge and choice.
See the following pages for more information about INAS and how it works: