Eastern Health Breast And Cancer Centre Opened By Minister

Eastern Health Breast And Cancer Centre Opened By Minister

Victoria Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

Better Quicker Breast Cancer Care In Melbourne’s East

Victor P Taffa

Thousands more women in Melbourne’s east now have easier access to life-saving breast cancer screening and care on their doorstep thanks to the Andrews Government.

“We’re proud to have delivered on our election pledge to build a first-class centre to better support women from Melbourne’s east in their fight against breast cancer.” Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said.

“By bringing the very best treatment, equipment and staff together, we’re ensuring more women will get the lifesaving breast cancer treatment and screening they need sooner.”

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today to officially open the state-of-the-art $10 Million Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre at Maroondah Hospital in Ringwood East, delivering on a key election promise.

“New one-stop-shop will support women at all stages of their cancer journey. It is now easier for thousands of women in the east to get the care they need, when they need it and all under the same roof.” Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane said.

Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre is a ‘one-stop-shop’ giving women quicker and more convenient access to the very best breast screening, breast cancer treatment and supportive care services all under one roof. It will save lives by delivering better connected care for women and focusing on earlier diagnosis and treatment.

Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre will deliver breast cancer services to more than 25,000 additional women every year, closer to home in Melbourne’s east. It includes an extra 5,520 mammograms, an extra 7,200 allied health appointments, 12,800 more specialist consultations and a breast nurse supporting an extra 2,400 patient attendances each year.

Modern facility brings together a range of services previously provided from different locations such as mammography, ultrasound, radiographers, medical image reading, allied health and clinical consulting services.

Two ultrasound rooms can conduct guided biopsies, while the four medical imaging reading rooms will ensure women can receive quicker test results and quicker treatment.

During construction, the project created 4 new jobs and 12 retained local jobs, 2 new apprenticeships and 2 trainees.

More Victorians than ever are surviving breast cancer. But we know we need to do more to continue to save more lives in 2016, 4,334 Victorian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 745 died from the disease. Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 sets an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer in the next 10 years.

While we invest, the Turnbull Government continues to rip funding from our hospitals. This year’s Federal Budget locks in plans to short-change Victorians by $2.1 Billion.

Federal Budget also fails to make any significant funding investments into health infrastructure projects for Victoria. Out of our massive investment into health and ambulance projects over the past four years, the Commonwealth has funded a negligible 0.3 %.