Victoria Minister for Health David Davis
First Preview Of New World Class Olivia Newton-John Cancer And Wellness Centre
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Health David Davis today joined cancer survivor Gordon Chan for a special preview tour of the $188.7 Million Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg.
“There is a real sense of anticipation of the commencement of operations here at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre and I look forward to the official opening next month.” Mr. Davis said.
“This state-of-the-art centre will integrate world-class treatment with cutting-edge research and a focus on wellness.”
“Patients will benefit from the close collaboration between the centre’s scientists and clinicians, who work together to translate the latest in cancer research into better treatment and care.”
“Guided by the advice of cancer survivors, including its patron, Olivia Newton-John, the centre has been designed to provide patients with holistic care at an incredibly challenging time of their life.” Mr. Davis said.
Gordon Chan, the Head Radiopharmacist at Austin Health’s Nuclear Medicine and Centre for Positron Emission Tomography, joined Newton-John on her Great Walk fundraising event along the Great Wall of China.
Mr. Davis and Mr. Chan today inspected the centre’s main entrance, information and resource centre, day oncology and specialist clinics and courtyard.
The entire structure of the centre is now up and the finishing touches are being completed to enable the first two stages of the project to commence operation. Those first two stages of the centre are due to open to patients in July.
When fully completed the centre will offer cancer services such as medical oncology, clinical haematology, radiation oncology, palliative care, outpatient specialist clinics, inpatient acute care wards, an information and resources centre, a wellness centre and extensive research facilities for the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.
The $188.7 Million cancer centre has been jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government, State Government and fundraising by Austin Health and Olivia Newton-John.
Mr. Davis said the Victorian Government delivered $44.88 Million in the 2011 State Budget in order to complete the final stage of the centre in mid 2013.