Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre To Receive PET Scanner Project

Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre To Receive PET Scanner Project

Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles

PET Scanner Project On The Way At Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government is delivering high quality cancer services with the PET Scanner Project meeting another key milestone.

Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the PET Scanner Project includes the development of the PET Scanner facility itself, but also the development of an associated cyclotron facility and an expansion of cancer treatment at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre (AWCCC).

“Work is well underway on the PET Scanner facility and now we’re meeting another major milestone with the construction tender released for the associated cyclotron facility and AWCCC expansion.” Minister Fyles said.

“Both the Commonwealth and Territory Labor governments promised Territorians at the last elections to improve cancer treatment and diagnosis in the Northern Territory and we are delivering.”

PET Scanner Project includes:

  • $15 Million Commonwealth Funding for this purpose built cyclotron bunker at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, as well as a Pet Scanner facility at the Royal Darwin Hospital’s radiology unit and a new PET Scanner machine
  • $3 Million from the Northern Territory Government for a cyclotron machine that will create the isotopes needed for the PET Scanner
  • $5 Million from the Northern Territory Government for 12 new chemotherapy chairs and expansion of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre

Minister Fyles said the expanded chemotherapy capacity at Alan Walker will include 12 new chemotherapy chairs, an expanded waiting area, a treatment room, new consulting rooms, a medication room, an allied health office and development of related support areas including storage and amenities.

“At full operation, the new chairs will accommodate more than 300 additional chemotherapy patients.” Minister Fyles said.

Minister Fyles said the new cyclotron facility will include the cyclotron bunker, radiopharmacy, quality control, storage and related staff facilities.

“Establishment of a local cyclotron facility will enable the isotopes needed for the PET scans to be produced locally.” Minister Fyles said.

“This supports the scaling up of the PET service over time and ensures flexible access to a more diverse range of isotopes.”

“We will work hard to minimise the disruption to users of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre while working to deliver this critical infrastructure.”

Tenders for construction of the chemotherapy expansion and cyclotron facility will close on 31 January 2018.

Building works for the Cyclotron and Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre are expected to be completed in early 2019.