Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says a cancer centre for Shepparton District should be included in the second stage of redevelopment at Goulburn Valley Health.
Ms Sheed said there was an undeniable need for easier access to cancer treatment options in the region.
“The Goulburn Valley community has been in need of a dedicated cancer centre for some time and I will be keeping this front of mind for the Government going forward,” Ms Sheed said.
“Research shows people living in regional areas such as Shepparton have a higher incidence of cancer than those in cities. They also face more challenges relating to access, such as longer travel times to health services and fewer specialised health practitioners in the area.
“It is unacceptable that in 2017 patients in Shepparton District are being forced to travel long distances to Bendigo or Albury to seek treatment.
“Our demographic clearly supports the establishment of a cancer centre in Shepparton and it would make sense to include such a facility in the second stage of redevelopment at Goulburn Valley Health.”
This week Ms Sheed visited the Kinghorn Cancer Centre at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital with Goulburn Valley Health’s infrastructure director, Sandy Chamberlin.
“The Kinghorn Cancer Centre provides a holistic, compassionate approach to cancer care throughout the entire cancer journey,” Ms Sheed said.
“Although it undoubtedly benefits from being closely linked to the associated Garvan Research Centre, its models of care and design will give us much to think about as we work towards our own cancer centre, which will hopefully find a home at Goulburn Valley Health.”
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