During the course of your cancer treatment you may have concerns about financial issues, insurance policies, superannuation and legal matters. The Cancer Council Victoria can assist people affected by cancer to access a range of free financial support services www.cancervic.org.au
The Department of Health and Human Services may also be able to assist.
More information on these services is available by contacting the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or by visiting the Cancer Council Victoria websites. For more information of legal or financial assistance contact: Social Worker at your treating hospital or phone Centrelink on 13 27 17 (for enquires about Disability Support Pension, Mobility Allowance, Carer Payment, Carer Allowance and Sickness Allowance)
There are transport services available in the region for people who are unable to use public transport. If you would like to know more about these services, please contact the social worker at your treating hospital or your local medical clinic.
The Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) assists people in isolated and rural communities to access specialist medical treatment that is not available in their own area. To make a claim, keep your original travel tickets, receipts and invoices.
*To be eligible you must travel at least 100km (one way) for medical treatment, or a cumulative distance 200km in a week from your usual place of residence
If you would like to speak to someone about Transport or Accommodation you can phone:
Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20 or the Social Worker at your treating hospital.