There are services already in place which are currently underutilised locally and therefore it is important that we make ourselves aware of, promote and use these services. If you are needing transport assistance to Perth or other major centres you are encouraged to contact your local health service for advice.
There are three main services available currently which our community members can utilise:
1) Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS)
The Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) provides permanent country residents in a WA Country Health Service region with financial assistance when travelling more than 100kms to access the nearest eligible medical specialist service (including Telehealth).
Country patients needing to travel more than 70kms to access specialist medical treatment for cancer or dialysis, where the health service is unable to provide a transport service, are also eligible for some assistance.
PATS provides a subsidy to eligible patients, however it does not cover all costs associated with travel and accommodation.
To access PATS a referral must be made by the patient’s medical practitioner. The application for PATS assistance needs to be lodged prior to travel via fax, mail, email or in person at the patient’s nearest health service. READ MORE INFORMATION HERE: http://www.wacountry.health.wa.gov.au/fileadmin/sections/pats/WACHS_G_PATS_GuideForPatientsAndCarers.pdf
2) HACC – Home and Community Care Program
The Western Australian Home and Community Care (HACC) Program is a joint funding initiative of the Commonwealth and WA State Governments which provides basic support services for eligible people of all ages with a disability and their carers to assist them to continue living independently at home.
HACC support is designed to assist people with the greatest need and aims to maximise people’s independence. This includes providing basic support for people:
- Transport assistance to help you attend appointments and travel around the community
- to participate in social activity in a group or one-on-one
- with everyday household tasks
- to enhance nutrition, function, strength, independence and safety
- to support independence in personal care activities such as showering and dressing
- to keep up with essential activities such as shopping, banking and maintaining social contacts
READ MORE INFORMATION HERE: http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/HACC-Home-and-Community-Care-Program
3) Narrogin CATS Bus (Community Assisted Transport Service)
This Service is for members of Narrogin and District community requiring transport to specialist medical appointments and services not available in Narrogin.
READ MORE INFORMATION HERE:
There is also a schedule of visiting specialists to the Narrogin Hospital and this list can be requested at the Dumbleyung Hospital. If you have further questions or would like to enquire about any of these services, you are welcome to contact the Dumbleyung Hospital on (08) 9863 5222.
Article supplied by the Shire of Dumbleyung