Cancer patients in regional Victoria will benefit from a new specialist centre in Mildura, six hours north-west of Melbourne and four hours from Adelaide.
Icon Group have announced they will build a new Cancer Centre in Mildura, with the capacity to deliver 9,000 radiation therapy treatments each year.
The state-of-the-art, $11 million centre will open in late 2019 and will allow local cancer patients to receive treatment closer to home.
The centre is in partnership with Mildura Health Private Hospital (MHPH) and will be build in the hospital grounds.
MHPH CEO, Marcus Guthrie, said the partnership with Icon was a win for local health.
“The opportunity for Mildura Health to partner with Icon Group, Australia’s largest provider of cancer care services, represents a wonderful outcome for cancer patients in the region,” he said.
Icon Group and MHPH have jointly funded the centre and the Federal Government has committed to a Radiation Oncology Hospital Program Grant (ROHPG), which recognises Mildura as an area of need.
The centre will house a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, the latest in radiation therapy technology, delivering pinpoint radiation treatments and techniques.
It will also employ a multidisciplinary care team including radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, nurses, medical physicists and administration staff.
Icon Group CEO, Mark Middleton, said radiation oncologist Dr Andrew See had been providing an outreach clinic in Mildura for more than 10 years and he would continue to consult and treat patients in the new centre when it opened.
“Our doctors are passionate about ensuring we continue to deliver the best care possible to cancer patients and their families,” Mr Middleton said.
“Dr See is a big part of the Icon team and having him on board with us in Mildura will provide great continuity of care for patients.”
The centre will treat both public and private patients and will eliminate the need for the residents of Mildura and surrounding communities to travel long distances care.