Independent member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has welcomed a new partnership to deliver free radiation oncology treatments for local communities on the border.
Ms McGowan congratulated Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) and GenesisCare and the Victorian and NSW governments for providing world class radiation oncology cancer care.
“This delivers a quality service that will allow people in the North East to have treatment locally, instead of travelling to Melbourne or other major centres,” Ms McGowan said. “This is wonderful news for families that will no longer need to be separated during the anxious time of cancer treatment.”
Oncology patients will receive the latest treatment protocols, the most advanced technology, and be treated and cared for by highly skilled staff.
“It’s pleasing the oncology care that patients receive will be of a standard delivered in major regional centres, such as Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan described the partnership as a successful example of cross-border collaboration.
Federal funding of $65m was provided for the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre (AWRCC), and the State Governments of Victoria and NSW joined with AWH and GenesisCare to provide the oncology service.
GenesisCare started an interim service in September 2015, operating from the Murray Valley Radiation Oncology Centre at the Murray Valley Private Hospital in Wodonga. Patients will receive immediate access to essential radiation oncology treatments.
Public and privately referred patients will incur no out-of-pocket expenses for their treatment.
AWH’s Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Susan O’Neill was proud to work together to develop a service that provides affordable world-class cancer care close to home.
“We aim to ensure that the radiotherapy service implemented delivers the best value for money outcomes for the State of Victoria and NSW Government whilst providing the best possible clinical outcomes for patients,” Ms O’Neill said.