Funding for lifesaving new cancer service in the Great Southern
Media Statement from Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA
- $13.125 million committed to deliver radiotherapy services in Albany
- Local cancer patients currently required to travel for radiation oncology treatment
- Feasibility study currently underway to build a specialised bunker to house a radiotherapy machine
The McGowan Labor Government has committed to fund a lifesaving new cancer service for the people of the Great Southern region, with $13.125 million being earmarked for the project.
The provision of radiation oncology services at Albany Health Campus for cancer patients in the Great Southern has been identified as a top priority by the McGowan Government, with the Minister for Health travelling to Albany to announce a funding source has been secured to deliver the lifesaving service.
Pending the outcome of a feasibility study and business case, the next steps include construction of a specialised bunker; equipment procurement; and the establishment of associated patient, clinical and administrative spaces.
A new radiation oncology service would mean Great Southern cancer patients could access essential radiotherapy close to home and near the support network of family and friends. Currently more than 350 Great Southern residents travel annually to Bunbury or Perth to access outpatient radiotherapy treatment.
The McGowan Government has decided to quarantine $13.125 million, previously allocated to a wave technology development project in Albany, towards the provision of the enhanced cancer services in the region.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"On a recent visit to Albany I met with locals, visited the hospital and had a briefing on the oncology services currently available. This service will be a huge help to people battling cancer and their families.
"I'd like to acknowledge the efforts of local resident Mary Williams who I met recently. Mary has campaigned tirelessly for radiation oncology services in the Great Southern.
"I look forward to the outcome of the feasibility study in May and progressing this project in accordance with the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to thorough fiscal management on all investment decisions."
Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:
"This is a fantastic result not only for the people of Albany but also the rest of the Great Southern.
"Having a radiotherapy oncology centre in Albany will make a huge difference to cancer patients needing this treatment and their families."