Introduction

The Away from Home Haemodialysis (AFHH) program funds up to 3 sessions per calendar year at participating private dialysis units while you travel within NSW or interstate for any reason, including visiting family and friends, enjoying a short holiday or for work and education purposes.

Note: AFHH is not a rebate scheme. You need to meet the eligibility requirements and apply for assistance before you travel.

Eligibility

You must be a resident of NSW currently undergoing haemodialysis at a dialysis unit or at home, and:

  • be stable on dialysis, with a functional and non-infected fistula or a permanent catheter
  • have received haemodialysis treatment for at least 3 months
  • have received clearance from your treating physician confirming that you are well enough to travel
  • meet the receiving dialysis unit’s clinical criteria (assessed in the weeks prior to the scheduled sessions).

Please use the AFHH online Eligibility Tracker to determine if you may be eligible for this program.

What you need

How to apply

  1. Check your eligibility using the AFHH online Eligibility Tracker
  2. Contact the private dialysis unit(s) you are planning on travelling to and check availability for your desired sessions/dates. A list of participating private dialysis units is available on the website.
  3. Complete the Away From Home Haemodialysis (AFHH) Program Patient Application Form - PDF.
  4. Submit your application by post or email to the details on the form. 

More information

  • The AFHH program only covers the cost of your dialysis session(s) while you are away from your usual dialysis unit
  • Any costs outside of a basic haemodialysis session will not be covered
  • It is the responsibility of the patient to organise the dialysis booking at least 3 months in advance (where possible), to secure the required number of sessions at the receiving dialysis unit
  • Patients with private health insurance that includes cover for haemodialysis are not eligible.
Last updated: 31 May 2024

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