Travelling to treatment can be a challenge, even more so if your treatment centre is not close to home. There are travel services available to people affected by cancer in both metropolitan and regional areas.
Is it a good idea to ask your treatment centre if there are any transport services available to help you get to appointments.
Help for people living in rural and regional areas
If you are affected by cancer and live in regional and rural Victoria, you may be able to get help to pay for travel and accommodation you need in Melbourne as part of your diagnosis and treatment. This help comes from the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS).
VPTAS is a government subsidy scheme that provides funding for some of the costs involved in travelling for specialist cancer treatment that you cannot access in your local area.
Speak to the social workers at your hospital or treatment centre to get help from VPTAS. You can also call VPTAS directly on 1300 737 073 or visit their website for more information.
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When looking at a service it is important to ask questions about how the service works before you decide to engage with them. Below is a list of questions you might like to ask when enquiring about a service.
Am I eligible?
Do I need a referral?
How much will this cost me?
Is there a wait time?
What services do you offer?
There are many things you can do to reduce the costs and stress of parking. Prior to your visit:
- Ask the hospital about different parking options before your first visit. There may be onsite parking, street parking and private carparks near the hospital.
- Ask about parking rates prior to your visit and if any concessions are available. If you have a government concession card or are attending frequent appointments, you may be eligible for discounted car parking. Each hospital will have different concessions. Talk to your treatment team about how to access them.
- Allow enough time to find a car park and walk to your appointment.
- Ask how far the walk is from the parks to the hospital or use an online mapping tool like Google maps.
- Investigate public transport options available around the hospital. Speak with the hospital or call Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 or visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au
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