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The states and territories each provide some financial assistance to patients in rural and regional areas who are unable to access appropriate medical services in their area.

 For more information about the Travel Scheme in your state, click on the links below.

| ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA |

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT Interstate Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (IPTAS) provides assistance to permanent residents of the ACT towards travel accommodation expenses incurred when referred interstate for medical treatment not available in the ACT.

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New South Wales

The Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS), provides financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs when you need to travel more than 100km one way or 200km within a week for appointments to the same medical practitioner or health service for specialised medical treatment that is not available locally.

The SWIS-H Travel program entitles a parent, who lives more than 100 km one way from one of the three SWIS-H assessment facilities, to be reimbursed for travel if the baby has been identified for follow-up diagnostic audiology services following screening for hearing under the SWIS-H program.  The program provides assistance for one adult only to travel with the baby.

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Northern Territory

The Patient Assistance Travel Scheme (PATS) assists Northern Territory residents to access a range of essential specialist medical / surgical services where services are not available locally, from within the Northern Territory or from a visiting service. PATS provides assistance with travel, and if applicable, accommodation costs to residents of the Northern Territory who are required to travel more than 200kms to the nearest specialist medical treatment.

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The Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) provides assistance to patients and in some cases their carers to enable them to access specialist medical services from which they are isolated.

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South Australia

The South Australian Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) provides some financial reimbursement to country patients and approved escorts with the cost of travel and accommodation when they are required to travel over 100 kilometres (each way) to receive specialist medical treatment that is not available at their nearest centre.

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The Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (PTAS) provides financial help to Tasmanian residents who need to travel for specialist medical treatment or a service or specialist oral surgery not available locally.

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The Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS)  provides partial reimbursement to assist with travel and accommodation costs incurred by rural patients and if appropriate, their escorts, when travelling long distances or staying away from home to receive specialist medical treatment.

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Western Australia

The Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) provides assistance to people in the country who are required to travel more than 100 km (one way) to obtain the nearest available medical specialist treatment not available locally, via telehealth or from a visiting service. The PATS provides a subsidy only, it does not cover all of the costs associated with travel to a specialist appointment.

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