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This new report documents issues raised during a series of workshops and draws on the existing literature to demonstrate that the key issues relating to health transport have not been addressed. It provides recommendations towards a more efficient and equitable health transport system.
The report recommends that the NSW Government should review the 2006 Transport for Health policy and clearly define policy and funding responsibilities in relation to health transport.
It also calls for adequately staffed and resourced Health Transport Units and that Health Transport Networks should be established or maintained in each Local Health District.
It also suggests that joint planning on the health transport needs of the local community and the development of coordinated responses across the full range of transport options should be undertaken by Local Health Districts, through their Health Transport Units and Population Health and Planning Units and Medicare Locals.
The report calls for the NSW Government to, as a matter of urgency, increase funding for non-emergency health related transport. It is suggested that where the need for health transport is met by community transport providers, adequate funding should be allocated for this purpose to ensure other transport needs are not compromised.
"As community transport resources are consumed by demand for health transport, older people, people with disability, and their carers, will become increasingly isolated. This will have long-term health and social consequences" said Greg Bondar, CEO of the Community Transport Organisation.
"Current funding levels are grossly inadequate - it’s time NSW Health gave this issue the attention it deserves" he said.
The full report can be downloaded here: Download Report
Community Transport in Goulburn rescued
Picture from Crookwell Gazette
NSW Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian has said that Home Care has agreed to deliver community transport services to Goulburn Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan Shire.
Ms Berejiklian was responding to concerns from residents about community transport after Goulburn Mulwaree Council confirmed they would relinquish the service.
“I can assure the community that community transport services will continue and that everything is being done to ensure there is minimal impact on existing community transport customers during the transition, which is expected to formally occur on 1 March,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“I’m advised that Transport for NSW is working with Home Care and the council to ensure a smooth transition - such cooperation from all parties is essential.”
Home Care has agreed to provide the service for 12 months and work is already underway to identify a long term provider.
Ms Berejiklian said the NSW Government was committed to supporting local community transport across NSW.
The Goulburn/Mulwaree Council will hand back the service on February 28 and Homecare will take over the service on March 1, 2013.
GOULBURN and District Community Transport is an essential service that provides residents in the Goulburn/Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan areas with transport to varied destinations.
Some of these residents that utilise the service are wholly reliant on the transport and have no other way of getting to town for shopping or to medical appointments.
Many don't have family in the area and face the fear of being isolated and deprived if the service was to disappear.
The service also extends to individuals car transport, which volunteer drivers help residents to medical appointment outside the local areas including Bowral, Sydney and Canberra.
This service provides transport to members of the community who are frail aged, people who have a permanent and functional disability and their carers.
Click here to read the full article from the Crookwell Gazette.
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