Service helps cancer patients
Volunteers sought for new patient transport program
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.cancerqld.org.au/volunteer opportunities or call
1300 851 957.
Applications are open until September 22.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or via 13 11 20.