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March 2011

Ballarat cancer centre underway

Work has begun on Ballarat’s new $55 million Regional Integrated Cancer Centre at Ballarat Health Services.

Health Minister David Davis said the facility, to be completed by late 2012, would give cancer patients in Ballarat and the Grampians Region access to better quality treatment and support services.

Mr Davis said the state-of-the-art centre would allow patients to be treated closer to home, near family and friends.

‘This world-class cancer centre will expand and enhance radiotherapy services for patients and bring together a range of important services under the one roof.’

Mr Davis said the facility would give the region’s dedicated clinicians and health staff the latest equipment and an environment which would help them deliver even better care to the about 70 Victorians given a cancer diagnosis every day.

The State Government is investing $13 million in the new centre with the Commonwealth Government contributing the remaining $42 million in capital costs.

The Ballarat Integrated Regional Cancer Centre will house:

             Six consulting rooms dedicated to radiation oncology;

             Sixteen day oncology chairs;

             Oncology consulting rooms;

             A satellite pharmacy;

             A Wellness Centre;

             Clinical trials and research;

             Education services.