PATS is a subsidy program funded by the Government of South Australia

Through the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS), subsidies are provided to assist South Australians who are required to travel more than 100km each way to access necessary and approved medical specialist services that are not available locally.


PATS is a subsidy program funded by the Government of South Australia

Through the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS), subsidies are provided to assist South Australians who are required to travel more than 100km each way to access necessary and approved medical specialist services that are not available locally.


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Barry's story


Barry is a Riverland local - he's lived in Waikerie all his life.

An unexpected diagnosis left Barry and his wife facing a long round-trip to Adelaide each fortnight for specialist care.

"That's where the PATS scheme did come in and became very, very helpful to us. There was available finance for travel...knowing there is some money out there to support you - it helps."

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Barry's story


Barry is a Riverland local - he's lived in Waikerie all his life.

An unexpected diagnosis left Barry and his wife facing a long round-trip to Adelaide each fortnight for specialist care.

"There was available finance for travel...knowing there is some money out there to support you - it helps."

What is PATS?


PATS is a subsidy program funded by the Government of South Australia and administered through the six regional local health networks by the Rural Support Service in SA Health.

PATS can contribute to the cost of your accommodation and travel, including air travel authorised by your specialist if required.

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What is PATS?


PATS is a subsidy program funded by the Government of South Australia and administered through the six regional local health networks by the Rural Support Service in SA Health.

PATS can contribute to the cost of your accommodation and travel, including air travel authorised by your specialist if required.

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How do I make a claim?


The PATS online portal is quick and easy to use – login or register to make your claim.

Make sure you have an email address and your Medicare number handy.

Paper-based PATS forms are still available if you need them and can be accessed as PDFs for printing yourself.

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How do I make a claim?


The PATS online portal is quick and easy to use – login or register to make your claim.

Make sure you have an email address and your Medicare number handy.

Paper-based PATS forms are still available if you need them and can be accessed as PDFs for printing yourself.

Latest Updates

March 31, 2021

PATS Survey

PATS Survey – we want to hear from you. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, the PATS offices were closed to the public for most of 2020. […]
March 26, 2021

Recent changes to PATS

Recent changes to PATS The Rural Support Service has made some exciting changes to PATS, as part of the government’s commitment to improve regional health provision […]
November 30, 2020

PATS Christmas Closure

Currently all PATS offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19 and they will remain closed until Monday 4 January 2021. You can still lodge […]