Ser­vice helps cancer pa­tients

Vol­un­teers sought for new pa­tient trans­port pro­gram

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS -

CANCER Coun­cil Queens­land will launch a new home-to-treat­ment trans­port ser­vice in

Bris­bane in Oc­to­ber.

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO Chris McMil­lan said the Trans­port to Treat­ment ser­vice would of­fer free, prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance to cancer pa­tients strug­gling to ac­cess trans­port.

“We’re proud to pilot this new ser­vice in Bris­bane, of­fer­ing a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion to those who need as­sis­tance get­ting to and from treat­ment,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“A cancer di­ag­no­sis can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on an in­di­vid­ual prac­ti­cally and fi­nan­cially but this ser­vice will help ease the bur­den of trans­port and park­ing costs for those fac­ing hard­ship.

“More than 10,100 peo­ple in the greater Bris­bane re­gion are di­ag­nosed with cancer each year and need our sup­port.

“This door-to-door ser­vice will be staffed en­tirely by vol­un­teer driv­ers from Mon­day to Fri­day.”

The ser­vice is set to launch at the end of Oc­to­ber and will start by pro­vid­ing trans­port for pa­tients re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at the Royal Bris­bane Women’s Hos­pi­tal, and will con­tinue to ex­pand at the end of the pilot.

Ms McMil­lan said the ser­vice was only made pos­si­ble by the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and urged peo­ple in­ter­ested in lend­ing a hand to sign up as a vol­un­teer or spon­sor.

“We sim­ply could not do what we do with­out the spirit, de­ter­mi­na­tion, and en­thu­si­asm of our vol­un­teers,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“They are the heart of our work.

“Our trans­port vol­un­teers will help to en­sure that no-one goes through cancer alone, pro­vid­ing vi­tal ac­cess to trans­port as­sis­tance through­out each pa­tient’s treat­ment.”

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land cur­rently fa­cil­i­tates a Vol­un­teer Trans­port Ser­vice, trans­port­ing pa­tients from air­ports and ac­com­mo­da­tion lodges to treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties, but Ms McMil­lan said the ex­pan­sion would en­able even more peo­ple to ac­cess sup­port.

To be­come a Vol­un­teer Com­mu­nity Driver, ap­ply on­line at www.can­­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties or call

1300 851 957.

Applications are open un­til Septem­ber 22.

More in­for­ma­tion about Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land is avail­able at www.can­ or via 13 11 20.

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