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See here for our thoughts on healthcare professional workplace reforms in regional, rural and remote NSW post the 2021 Health Inquiry

Excerpt from Submission below:

Can Assist is the largest cancer support network in rural, regional and remote NSW; active in 56 branches with near 3,000 members. Over the last 30 years we have delivered near $50million in direct patient assistance with one goal in mind – equitable access to cancer treatment and care for non-metro residents. Our branches are operated by local volunteers who live and work in these areas and many have a detailed understanding of their local health landscape.

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“This is a really significant win …for anyone in the country trying to access specialised health services” Emma Phillips Exec Director, Can Assist

Rebates to ease NSW rural patients’ burden

 

 

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)……..

 

 

Excerpt from Submission below:

Our submission seeks increased budget allocation for an existing government scheme – The Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS), not only to lift rebate levels but also to improve the profile and processes of the scheme. We see broad applicability to the customer service, health, and regional clusters. Can Assist has actively been seeking change for some time now. To date we have: made two separate submissions to the Inquiry into Health outcomes and access to health and hospital services in rural, regional, and remote NSW, provided our personal testimony to the Upper House Committee conducted two meetings with NSW Health and one meeting with Minister Hazzard. We have met with several other regional MPs on the matter.

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Excerpt from Submission below:

We identify THREE broad problems with regards to the provision of palliative care in country NSW. The severity of these problems, and their consequences are magnified with distance from metropolitan and regional areas. Our insight speaks predominantly to the experience of those who choose to die at home – which, in a rural setting is typically very expensive and, in many cases, simply not possible.

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