SAVING GRACE: The announcement of higher Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme rebates will be good news for Our House patients.
SAVING GRACE: The announcement of higher Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme rebates will be good news for Our House patients. Contributed

Funding boost helps to keep Our House doors open

THE doors of Lismore cancer accommodation centre Our House will remain open after the announcement of a $2.7 million funding boost to subsidise patients staying at not-for-profit accommodation for medical treatment.

Our House chair Dr Chris Ingall said the announcement of higher Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) rebates was good news for Our House patients.

Thanks to community

Dr Ingall thanked the Northern Rivers community for its support.

"On behalf of the board of Our House I would like to thank the community for the support in ensuring the long-term viability of our accommodation facility here in Lismore," he said.

"The recent announcement by the State Government of an increase in the rebate for IPTAAS eligible patients staying at Our House has meant we can continue to operate with little or no co-payment required from patients and their families.

"This is a fair and reasonable outcome for Our House and would not have been possible without the tremendous support from the local community, which is essentially now part of the fabric of Our House as it continues to meet the needs of patients undergoing cancer or other medical treatment here in Lismore.

Hopeful for additional support

"We are hopeful the added revenue will help us cover our costs and make it possible for Our House to offer additional support for patients who are suffering financial hardship. We have always operated with a philosophy which encouraged inclusion and this most recent announcement should allow us to accept and offer support to those most in need."

Dr Ingall acknowledged the work of Lismore MP Thomas George and the government.

"Along with the other not-for-profit regional accommodation providers across New South Wales, we look forward to a strong and productive relationship with the government in the years to come," he said.

Funding announced yesterday

Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health Sarah Mitchell announced the funding yesterday.

"Following extensive consultation with the not-for-profit sector, today's funding boost will assist patients staying in not-for-profit accommodation for longer periods," Ms Skinner said.

"Most of these patients live in regional areas and are eligible if they travel at least 100km one way, or a cumulative weekly distance of at least 200km," Mrs Mitchell said.



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