Patient Transport Vehicle

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A Vehicle purchase so the Leukaemia Foundation can transport blood cancer patients to/from treament

How will the funding be spent?

The funding will specifically cover the costs associated with a vehicle purchase, all on-road costs and signage as well as a small maintenance budget. Please note that all costs associated with volunteer drivers such as induction; OH&S, manual handling, cytotoxic spills training; police checks and uniforms will be met by the Leukaemia Foundation.

How will the project be delivered?

As patient transport is a core service at the Foundation the Patient Transport Vehicle Project will be supplied in accordance with our established Patient Transport Program standards within the state. These activities have been successfully delivered since 1999. In SA in 2016 we transported 510 families, travelling 8,225 trips equivalent to 259,243Klms (6.4 times around the globe). Sadly, we were unable to fulfil the requests of 212 families for 447 trips because our fleet was entirely full.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

We anticipate in excess of 200 families impacted by blood cancer whom require hygienic, safe and reliable transport and at no cost to and from treatment will benefit from the project.

How will you measure the impact of this project?

The impact of the project will be evaluated and measured quantitatively and qualitatively. The total number of trips afforded by the vehicle will continue to feedback into the Foundation’s overall state record of service provision and the broader National context as a level of service. This data provides a valid comparison of how the SA fleet is utilised in comparison to other states. We will also record any anecdotal feedback from patients and volunteer drivers through our transport service coordinators and support services manages on any changes positive and/or negative regarding the new Holden Commodore as well as the level and availability of the service. This feedback will aid in the assessment of the Patient Transport Service and will confirm whether the organisation is moving towards a more equitable model of service provision that is meeting an identified need within SA.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

•Connect patients and patient families to allied health professionals and oncology services across their treatment
•Grow LF’s patient transport fleet affording the organisation greater capacity to meet an identified expanding need
•Build better and more equitable service provision to a disadvantaged sector within the community in the provision of better access to services/support/treatment
•Afford a sense of Belonging and Connect to the blood cancer patient LF and SA's healthcare landscape

Organisation details

Organisation Name

Leukaemia Foundation Of Australia (Leukaemia Foundation (LF))

What does this organisation do?

Leukaemia Foundation
The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders. We assist by providing a range of support services at no charge to blood cancer patients and their families.

In 1975, the Leukaemia Foundation set its objective’s for patient support and care. Initially established in Queensland, the Foundation now has offices in every state and territory across Australia and supports patients and families in metropolitan, regional and rural communities. In SA we have 15 dedicated staff and 110 volunteers. From nurses and allied health professionals, to fundraising and event teams, marketers and administrators, our people are key stakeholders in delivering services and responding to the growth demands of our organisation as blood cancer incidence grows.

Vision to Cure
For in excess of 42 years the Leukaemia Foundation has been committed to the ongoing funding for vital research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment, psychosocial impact and ultimately cures for leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders. Since 2005 alone, we have funded in excess of $38 Million for research through our National Research Program.

Mission to Care
The Leukaemia Foundation’s objective is to provide personalised support and care for patients and their families throughout their journey – from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Delivered by an extensive team of allied health professionals and haematology oncology nurses, our services comprise disease information and education, emotional support and practical assistance.

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