Eligible young people leaving care can now access free ambulance cover for emergency hospital transport until they turn 21.

This initiative is a partnership between the Department for Child Protection and the South Australian Ambulance Service, who have jointly reviewed their previous agreement and identified this fantastic opportunity.

Although many children and young people in care are already eligible for free ambulance cover, this change recognises the many benefits of supporting our young care leavers, and aligns with the extension of carer payments for young people up to 21 years of age residing in family based care.

Providing extended ambulance cover supports young people who have left care with their health and wellbeing, and is another way DCP is actively pursuing opportunities to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people in care, and post care, as part of the Investing in their future initiative.

For further information about ambulance cover eligibility and how to make a claim visit the ambulance cover webpage or download the fact sheet.