If you’ve been diagnosed with a blood cancer and live in regional, rural or remote areas of Australia, you may have to travel to a major city hospital at short notice to begin medical treatment. For many people, this could mean weeks or even months away from home.
To relieve the stress and financial burden of attending important medical appointments, we offer subsidised or free (where possible) accommodation to regional and rural patients and their families.
This is achieved through the government subsidy scheme where available and the generosity of the community who donate to the Leukaemia Foundation. In 2017-2018, we provided accommodation to approximately 989 families across Australia.
About Leukaemia Foundation accommodation services
Many people will be able to stay at one of our properties, located near major treating hospitals throughout Australia. Our accommodation is usually in a two or three bedroom apartment, allowing patients and their families to stay together during treatment. Many of our apartments are located in village-style complexes with common areas – such as gardens, games rooms or lounges – where you can meet and interact with other families.
Explore our accommodation locations below.
Because we understand how important it is to feel at home, our apartments are fully furnished (including bedding and linen) and fully self-contained, so you can cook the meals you enjoy. And just like home, you are responsible for keeping your apartment clean during your stay.
We provide a welcome pack on arrival that includes some basic supplies for when you first move in, an accommodation guide and information about the nearest shops, transport and other necessities. You will also receive the name and contact details of the accommodation coordinator assigned to your location, who is there to help you with any questions or issues. In many properties, our staff will be located onsite or nearby, so they are readily available to assist you.
In some cases, we may not have accommodation available in one of our properties. If this happens, we will try to arrange for you to stay at one of our selected external accommodation providers and provide help with out of pocket expenses.
External/commercial accommodation out of pocket costs
Each request for accommodation will be assessed on a case by case basis. In some cases, we may not have accommodation available in one of our properties. If this happens, we may be able to assist you in accessing alternatives forms of accommodation, either via external/commercial accommodation at minimal or no cost, or by referral to alternative providers. We can also assist you to access the financial assistance scheme in your state that may be able to provide subsidies towards the cost of transport and accommodation when you have to travel to receive medical treatment. Find out more about the scheme in your state here.
How to access accommodation services
Via referral and assessment from Blood Cancer Support Coordinators, treating facilities, social workers and welfare officers. You can also contact us directly on 1800 620 420 or via email at email@example.com. You can also submit a request for accommodation using our online form and your local Access & Navigation Coordinators will get back to you.
Use this interactive map to find the nearest accommodation services to you.
Accommodation services eligibility criteria
- You must be receiving treatment for a blood cancer.
- You must be genuinely in need of accommodation to access your treatment.
- You must be from regional or rural area or outside of treatment area.
Take a look inside the ESA Village in Brisbane
Have you ever wondered just what it is like inside one of the Leukaemia Foundation’s accommodation villages? Explore the common area and a two bedroom apartment at the ESA Village in Brisbane in these 3D tours.
The Leukaemia Foundation would like to thank the Dry July Foundation for supporting Patient Accommodation services across Australia. The support from Dry July has helped people living with blood cancer with vital transport and accommodation services when they need it most.