The Leukaemia Foundation can provide people with blood cancer and their families with free courtesy transport to and from treatment.
During treatment, a person’s immune system is severely weakened, so catching public transport can be dangerous due to possible infections.
The patient transport program commenced in December 1999 as a result of generous sponsorship from Bridgestone Tyre Centres, Holden and the Peter Brock Foundation.
Since that time, a team of dedicated, trained volunteers have driven patients to and from their medical, outpatient and other specialist appointments. The transport program services major treatment centres in metropolitan and regional areas.
This service is specifically designed to relieve the pressure faced by people with blood cancer who are transport disadvantaged. That is, if they have limited private transport options, such as the carer in the family having to return to work.
It also ensures patients arrive at appointments safely and on-time, as well as providing a friendly kind face to greet patients.
We may also be able to assist with alternative transport for patients needing transport from regional or rural areas.
Who can use the Patient Transport Program?
Transport is available for all patients needing to get to and from treatment, however priority will be given to people who:
- are transport disadvantaged
- are continuing frequent treatments after a bone marrow transplant
- have low blood counts and at a higher risk of infection
- are undergoing active treatment
- are undergoing supportive therapies – e.g. blood transfusions
- require admission or day investigations.
Our staff will discuss the criteria and person’s physical suitability for the service prior to each transport booking.
Transport in your area
New South Wales
The Leukaemia Foundation’s courtesy transport program currently operates in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, the Hunter Valley, the Central Coast, the central and northern metropolitan, western and south-western areas of Sydney, and the Illawarra region.
The program currently operates in and around Canberra.
The transport program operates throughout Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and Shepparton.
The transport program is based in Launceston and services the North of Tasmania.
The patient transport program operates in and around the Perth metropolitan area, Mandurah and the South West region. We provide transport to and from treating hospitals in the South West region as well as to Perth for treatment.
Operating throughout Queensland, the patient transport program also links the Leukaemia Foundation’s accommodation complexes with major hospitals and treatment centres.
Running throughout Adelaide and surrounding regional areas.
Volunteers and Foundation staff operate the service throughout Darwin from the Foundation’s office in Winnellie.
The Patient Transport Program usually runs between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
To request a booking, please Freecall 1800 555 021.
A minimum of 48 hours notice must be given and if people are unable to attend an appointment, please notify us as soon as possible. This service is free of charge.
If a transport booking is to include children, please discuss this with us. Children under 18 must travel accompanied by an adult responsible for their care.
Developed by the Leukaemia Foundation in consultation with people living with a blood cancer, Leukaemia Foundation support staff, haematology nursing staff and/or Australian clinical haematologists. This content is provided for information purposes only and we urge you to always seek advice from a registered health care professional for diagnosis, treatment and answers to your medical questions, including the suitability of a particular therapy, service, product or treatment in your circumstances. The Leukaemia Foundation shall not bear any liability for any person relying on the materials contained on this website.