Patients may be able to get assistance with parking, travel and accommodation to undertake medical services. The social worker at the hospital will be able to check what services or supports you may be eligible for. If you have not met with a social worker your specialist nurse or doctor can refer you.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne has a dedicated Patient Accommodation Manager who can assist patients to book suitable accommodation during treatment with one of their partner organisations located nearby. Patients living in excess of 100km (one way) from the hospital may be eligible for government subsidy and should discuss this with the Patient Accommodation Manager when exploring accommodation options. Patients travelling more than 100km to Austin Health (Olivia Newton John Cancer, Research and Wellness Centre) can access the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance scheme and reduced price accommodation.
Medistays also makes booking accommodation easier and cheaper for people needing to come to the city for suitable accommodation when they are having radiotherapy, chemotherapy or other treatments.
Ask at your health service or hospital if it is possible to obtain a reduced parking rate for you and family members.
It can be rejuvenating to get away and have a short holiday, even during your treatment. The Cancer Council in Victoria has a wonderful holiday break program allowing patients a one – off opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones at no cost.