What is NIPTAAS?
The Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) provides a subsidy to Norfolk Island residents to support necessary travel to the mainland for specialist medical treatment not available locally on the island. The three types of health-related travel are:
1. Emergency medical evacuation (medivac) to the Australian mainland (with escort where deemed necessary);
2. Non-urgent transfer to a mainland hospital or recognised treatment facility (with escort where deemed necessary); and
3. Accessing specialist health services.
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NIPTAAS is a subsidy rather than a full reimbursement scheme.
Advance payment can be made for those in need by application to the hospital manager, with information and support from the social worker.
Please note that NIPTAAS may not be available for services that can be offered via telehealth.