Photo: Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum and GV Health Chief Executive Matt Sharp shake hands after the funding announcement.
Goulburn Valley Health (GV Health) welcomes the funding announcement by the Australian Government to invest in an Integrated Cancer Centre at its Graham Street site in Shepparton.
The $26 million funding will be used to build a new state-of-the-art integrated cancer centre allowing GV Health to expand the current cancer services it provides while introducing new programs and models of care for people in the region with cancer.
GV Health’s Board Chair, Rebecca Woolstencroft said it was a great step forward in the next stage of GV Health’s redevelopment and supports the investment by the State Government in the current Stage 1 redevelopment.
“This is a very important step in ensuring we have the facilities required to meet the needs of people across the Goulburn Valley when it comes to treating cancer,” Ms Woolstencroft said.
“The new building will provide a major expansion of medical day oncology services, additional clinical spaces for medical specialists, nursing specialists and allied health professionals to deliver contemporary and best practice cancer services to our entire region.”
GV Health’s Chief Executive, Matt Sharp said that while the Peter Copulos Cancer & Wellness Centre is a wonderful facility for the region, increased demand for services exists and newer models of care are needed. Mr Sharp also acknowledged Mr Copulos’s generous support of GV Health’s cancer services over a number of years.
“The new Integrated Cancer Centre building will be three to four times the size of our current cancer centre building. This will allow us to deliver best practice models of care and to support people through their cancer treatment and recovery by having all wellbeing services and expanded medical, clinical nursing and allied health care under one roof,” Mr Sharp said.
“Having all these services together will ensure improved access for all cancer patients and families in our region, taking away the need for people to have to travel to metropolitan areas when they are unwell. In addition, the larger spaces will improve care planning and coordination between all members of our clinical cancer services team.”
Mr Sharp also said GV Health will work closely with Genesis Care’s radiotherapy service due to open in Shepparton in December 2019. Mr Sharp said this was important to ensure patients receiving radiotherapy as part of their cancer care move smoothly between the respective services and to ensure the best outcomes.