Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    South-West radiotherapy centre project progressing well

    4/11/2009 1:00 AM

    The State Government today called for tenders from the private sector to provide radiation oncology services at the new $15.2million radiotherapy centre to be built at the South West Health Campus in Bunbury.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said it was an important step forward in the development of the new centre, the first of its kind in regional Western Australia.


    “The new Bunbury radiotherapy centre will mean the majority of cancer patients in the South-West will no longer have to travel to Perth for radiotherapy treatment, but will be able to remain closer to their homes and the support of their families and friends,” Dr Hames said.


    “The new centre is being jointly funded by the State and Federal governments providing $9.2million and $6million respectively.


    “Initially the centre is expected to cater for about 400 patients a year, and with the expected growth of the population, this is estimated to increase to about 670 patients a year by 2021.


    “Work on the development of the new radiotherapy centre is progressing well with the schematic design finalised and detailed design work completed.


    “A public tender process is now under way for the provision of radiation oncology services for the new centre in Bunbury.”


    Advertisements calling for tender applications from interested private providers have been advertised today and the tender period will remain open until January 14, 2010.


    The Minister said key groups and individuals had been involved in planning for the new centre and a website would be established to provide up-to-date information about development, timelines and progress of the new radiotherapy centre.


    “I encourage community members to visit the website to learn more about opportunities for consultation and feedback relating to the new centre,” he said.


    South West District Health Advisory Council representative and Project Working Group member Margaret Turner said she valued the opportunity to be involved in the planning and design of the new centre.


    “This is a significant project which has involved a complex planning and design process,” Ms Turner said.


    “Being able to provide a community perspective and feedback, and see action taken as a result, has been very important.”


    A detailed project plan and timetable have now been completed, with tenders for construction of the new radiotherapy centre to be called in November.


    Construction is scheduled for completion by March 2011, and the new service is anticipated to be operating by mid-2011.


    For further information and to provide feedback, visit http://www.wacountry.health.wa.gov.au/swros.


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