If you’ve been diagnosed with a blood cancer, you may have to regularly travel for medical appointments, monitoring, or to receive medical treatment. For some people, the cost of parking, petrol and transport can cause stress or financial burden. For others, you may not always be able to call on a friend or carer to help. The side effects of treatment may mean that you can no longer drive, or your treatment has left your immune system severely weakened, making catching public transport potentially dangerous due to possible infections. Through our transport program, you can access support to assist with overcoming these barriers to accessing your treatment.
What’s available for you?
There a variety of options available depending on what best suits your needs, we can offer assistance accessing helpful transport information and may be able to assist with offsetting costs associated with:
- Taxis and community transport
- Fuel vouchers
- Parking passes
- Alternative provider costs
It’s simple. No matter where you live in Australia, if you have a blood cancer and you need some assistance to get to your treatment or appointment for that blood cancer, then you’re eligible!
There will be some priorities if you’re receiving active treatment, undergoing stem cell therapy or blood transfusions. However, support options will be available regardless of which stage of the blood cancer journey you’re on.
Accessing the transport service
There are a few different ways, so we encourage you to use whichever method works best for you.
- Fill out the online transport application form
- Give us a call on 1800 555 021 and speak to one of our Access & Navigation team members
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- You might also get a direct referral to the service from one of our Blood Cancer Support Coordinators as well as social workers or welfare officers.
We do have a turnaround of 2 business days, but if your request is for a date within that time period, we encourage you to pick up the phone and call us to talk about your options.
Other options – Patient Assisted Travel
If you need to travel long distances or interstate to receive medical treatment, each state has a financial assistance scheme that can subsidise the cost of transport and accommodation. If you’d like more information about accessing these schemes, give our team a call on 1800 555 021 or email email@example.com
Last updated on 19 February 2021
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