The National Travel Assistance Scheme provides financial help for people who are referred by their specialist to see another specialist, and need to travel long distances or travel frequently. The specialists must both be part of a government-funded health and disability service.

National Travel Assistance

Find out how the National Travel Assistance scheme supports eligible people who need to travel long distances or travel frequently for specialist treatment. Visit


At Wellington Regional Hospital, the Patient Travel Administrator can confirm whether you qualify for assistance and can send you a form or you can get one at the hospital. You can phone them on 04 806 0058.

  • The claim form will need to be sent to the National Travel Assistance team – their address is on the form.
  • Reimbursement can take up to 10 working days from when the National Travel Assistance team receive your form.
  • Remember to complete the form fully and to get your appointments signed off and stamped by the department you have attended.
Last updated 3 April 2024.