2010 State Budget – Health

Posted on 06. May, 2010 in News

 The Victorian Government will continue the fight against cancer with a further $69 million investment in the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital.

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Visiting the construction site of the cancer centre in Heidelberg today, Premier John Brumby said the facility would offer cutting-edge cancer treatment and care and would be home to vital clinical research.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre will be an important weapon in our continuing fight against cancer, Mr Brumby said.

About 500 Victorians are diagnosed with cancer each week, and our Government has developed a world-renowned cancer action plan that aims to increase cancer survival rates and save thousands of lives, Mr Brumby said.

Our $150 million Victorian Cancer Action Plan sets out ambitious targets to increase cancer survival rates by a further 10 per cent by 2015, and by tackling the major risk factors that cause cancer and investing in new facilities and the latest technologies we are working towards that goal.

This purpose-built, dedicated cancer centre will provide the latest treatment and care to patients from across Victoria, and will also be home to many important clinical trials as our researchers turn important discoveries into better outcomes for patients.

Health Minister Daniel Andrews said the new centre would consolidate existing cancer services currently delivered across several campuses under the one roof.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre will be home to four oncology bunkers and three linear accelerator machines, providing the best cancer treatment to patients, Mr Andrews said.

 Minister for Health Daniel Andrews discusses the 2010 Budget

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