I need to cross the border for my treatment. What do I do?

It is important to talk with your treatment team before travelling for treatment and follow up appointments to avoid unnecessary travel. Many services have already moved to telehealth consultations and this may be the right solution for you. Your doctor should be able to advise you if there is an equivalent local service closer to home which may be more suitable during this time if you do need treatment. 


Reimbursement for required medical travel will remain under each state-based patient travel and accommodation scheme. Information about these schemes  is available here. 


If you do need to travel interstate for treatment and you are impacted by border closures then you will likely be able to apply for classification as an essential traveller on compassionate grounds, such as medical treatment or visiting ill loved ones.


You can read more about border closures and access links to your state or territory here.


You can also talk to your treatment team if you need assistance getting approval to cross any borders.



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