There are a few options for transport.
Locally: if you are needed to travel locally and need assistance with transport, you can contact Community Transport in your area. If you ring your local Council, they will have the transport operator listed.
For patient transport within Wagga Wagga (Wagga residents needing transport to Riverina Cancer Care Centre (RCCC) or appointments:
Call 1300 275 227 to register as a Baptist Care client – Baptist Care will accept cancer patients and their carers, or anyone over the age of 65
Once registered with Baptist Care, you can book in the trips with Wagga Community Transport by calling(02) 6937 6100
Wagga Wagga Community Transport needs 24 hours’ notice to book a trip, each trip is $8 each way.
For some, Taxi vouchers may be suitable. This can be discussed with your GP.
CANCER COUNCIL NSW TRANSPORT TO TREATMENT SERVICE
The local Cancer Council provides transport to patients and carers who are traveling:
– From Wagga Wagga to Albury for treatment or specialist appointments
– From Wagga Wagga to Canberra for treatment of specialist appointments
Cancer Council NSW Transport to Treatment Service will bring patients TO Wagga Wagga from a number of locations.
Please contact our Nurse for a referral to this service:
FINANCIAL SUPPORT GENERAL
While the Amie St Clair Trust does not offer financial assistance to patients directly, there are a number of avenues that our Nurse can assist qualifying patients with.
We firstly recommend that you get in contact with our Nurse:
FINANCIAL AND LEGAL SUPPORT, ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL
Another point of contact is the Cancer Council on 131120. There are a number of ways that they can help including linking up patients with accommodation options if you need to travel for treatment. The Cancer Council can also access pro bono programs for legal and financial assistance:
IPTAAS: The Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme is designed to help with the financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs when a patient is required to travel distances for specialist medical treatment that is not available locally.
Can Assist provide direct financial assistance to people in country NSW affected by cancer? You can contact your local branch for a confidential conversation on how Can Assist may be able to offer support.
The Wagga number is: 0475202663
The listing for other local branches can be found here:
Dealing with a diagnosis of melanoma can be an emotional journey. There are a number of supports that patients can access. Please contact our Melanoma Nurse for direction in regards to this:
Melanoma Patients Australia has a professional counselor that can be contacted on: 1300 88 44 50
Cancer Council: 131120 also provides counseling
Counseling locally: Wagga Community Health has 2x full time registered Psychologists that offer 6-12 counselling sessions at no cost. Patients can self-refer on 69386411 or speak to the Melanoma Nurse on 0413766232.