Transport and accommodation

Hospital stay – financial support and family accommodation
Better Health Channel (AUS, 2015)
Practical advice for family members of people receiving treatment for cancer.  Includes financial help, accommodation for families, VPTAS travel assistance scheme, respite care, palliative care, and where to get more help.

Travellers Aid
Travellers Aid provides assistance to people travelling to Melbourne's Southern Cross or Flinders Street Stations, or to Seymour Station, in Victoria. Services include a Companion Service for travelling to appointments, and a Buggy Service, which is particularly helpful for seniors or people who are unwell. Bookings are necessary.
 (support service)

The following resources explain the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS) in varying levels of detail.

Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS)
Better Health Channel (AUS, 2015)
An explanation of how VPTAS can help Victorians living in rural and regional areas with the cost of travelling long distances for specialist medical treatment. If you're not familiar with VPTAS, read this overview before the more detailed information below.

Patient transport
Cancer Council Victoria (AUS, 2017)
Fact sheet explaining the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS), which helps pay for costs of transport to specialist medical treatment.
  (fact sheet)

Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS)
Victoria. Department of Health (AUS, 2022)
A thorough explanation of VPTAS, with links for more details and to make contact. You may find it helpful to read one of the brief explanations of the Scheme on the sites above if you’re not already familiar with it.

Last Updated: 3 May, 2022 4:06 pm