Provided there's transport: Transport as a barrier to accessing health care in NSW is a new report by the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS).Transport plays a vital role in enabling access healthcare. Yet for many people, it is a major barrier; impacting their ability to receive the health care they need.
In 2012, following consistent reports from the social and community services sector highlighting health transport as an ongoing and growing concern, NCOSS hosted two health transport workshops in Sydney and Lismore to examine the current state of play. Participants expressed frustration at the lack of support for health transport and concern over a widening gap. Funding for health transport has failed to keep pace with demographic changes, and transport needs continue to be largely ignored in the delivery of health services.
This report documents the issues raised during these workshops and draws on the existing literature to demonstrate that the key issues relating to health transport have not been addressed, and provides recommendations towards a more efficient and equitable health transport system.