“The relief is palpable”: grassroots cancer support network applauds IPTAAS changes



More than $140 million in NSW budget for regions to help with travel for medical care

The state government is set to almost double the rebates for people in regional areas who need to travel for medical treatment.

It has allocated an extra $149 million in Tuesday’s budget for the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Scheme (IPTAAS)……..



Dear Can Assist Community,

I hope that you find reading each edition of Branching Out as wonderful as I do. Catching up on all the amazing ideas of our branch network and the dedicated volunteers and supporters. This edition should not let you down -movie nights, garden days, car cruises, hair cuts, swimming and golf….. Great events and fabulous support from you our community. Read more


Compared to those in metropolitan areas, rural cancer patients are diagnosed later, are more likely to die and seventeen times more likely to report geographical and financial barriers to care. Distance matters – it creates inequitable access to best treatment options. Can Assist is a registered Charity that provides cancer assistance for country NSW through financial assistance, practical support and raising awareness.