Public cancer patients in Shepparton will be able to access radiotherapy treatment closer to home, thanks to a new agreement between the Department of Health and Human Services, Goulburn Valley Health and GenesisCare.
The new centre will offer the latest in radiation oncology treatment technology, including deep inspiration breath hold for women with left-sided breast cancer, stereotactic ablative radiation therapy and rapid access for palliative care.
Shane Ryan, GenesisCare Victoria Oncology General Manager, said: “One of our core values at GenesisCare is access for all. We are delighted to be partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services and Goulburn Valley Health to ensure local public patients receive access to world-class cancer care, closer to home in Shepparton. Under the agreement, public patients from across the Goulburn Valley region will for the first time be able to access cutting-edge cancer treatments and our global network of clinical trials in their community.”
GV Health Chief Executive, Matt Sharp, said: “GV Health has been working with the Department of Health and Human Services and GenesisCare to ensure that public patients in the Goulburn Valley region have access to radiotherapy services. It is very important that people who need to receive radiotherapy treatment can do so close to home, where possible, so they do not have to travel large distances when they are not feeling well. GV Health welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively with the State Government and GenesisCare to ensure the best possible health outcomes for all people in the region.”
Acting Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley, said: “We’re delighted to reach a deal with GenesisCare and Goulburn Valley Health that will ensure all public patients receive world class radiotherapy treatment, with no out of pocket expenses. Having cancer is incredibly stressful, so we know how important it is for regional Victorians to be able to get the care they need, closer to home.”