WHAT THE FUND COVERS

Funding from The Monique and Doug Thompson Gamma Knife Fund will vary according to a patient’s need (as determined by the eligibility criteria) and may include the following:

  • To cover, in whole or in part, the patient's Gamma Knife treatment costs.
  • For reasonable travel and accommodation costs for the patient (as outlined below)*.
  • For reasonable travel and accommodation costs of one (1) parent or guardian, if the patient is under 21*.

*The patient/escort must not live in Sydney and not have a relative or friend living in Sydney with whom they may stay.

Reasonable accommodation and transport costs information is noted below:

Travel and Accommodation Eligibility Criteria

The patient is required to travel a minimum of 100km one way from his/her usual place of residence to the Hospital (and return).

  • Private Vehicle: If a patient travels in a private vehicle for treatment, the reimbursement cost is 19 cents per km.
  • Taxi Travel: Reimbursement for taxi travel for treatment-related essential travel only, is capped at $250.
  • Public Transport: Public transport reimbursement will be at economy rates.
  • Air Travel: Return economy class airfare from usual place of residence to Sydney. This must be booked through Macquarie Campus Travel, unless otherwise agreed. (Please note a ‘Fit to Travel’ medical certificate may be required.)
  • Accommodation: Single room rate (includes breakfast) at Travel Lodge Macquarie University for the night before and the night after treatment. This must be booked through Macquarie Campus Travel, unless otherwise agreed.