Joint Media statement.
Minister for Health
Dr Kim Hames
Federal Minister for Health and Ageing
A new $15million radiotherapy centre to be built at the South West Health Campus in Bunbury has moved a step closer to fruition with the appointment of architects to the project.
Health Minister Dr Kim Hames today announced architects Sandover Pinder had been appointed to design the new centre which was being jointly funded with the State Government providing $9.2million and the Federal Government providing $6million, towards the project.
Dr Hames said the architects would start schematic design work immediately with tenders for construction of the new centre expected to be called in October this year, once detailed design work was completed.
The Minister said the new unit, expected to be fully operational in 2010, would be integrated with other acute care services at the campus.
“For some cancer patients, radiotherapy as a treatment option is not feasible, due to the burden of travelling to the metropolitan area and the associated stress on work and family,” Dr Hames said.
“Initially we would expect up to 400 patients a year to be treated at the new centre. The service is designed to expand in line with expected growth in population to cater for 672 patients a year by 2021.”
Federal Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said Bunbury was one of a number of regional centres across Australia which would receive local access to state-of-the-art cancer treatment.
“This new centre will mean cancer patients in the South-West will soon be able to access radiotherapy services closer to home, reducing the need for them to travel,” Ms Roxon said.
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