Work has begun on a new oncology centre, with hopes it will
cut waiting times for cancer patients and save Canberrans from travelling
interstate for treatment.
The Canberra Specialist Medical Centre at University of
Canberra is due to open next year, increasing the availability of radiation and
medical oncology, haematology and diagnostic services.
The three-level building will feature two radiation therapy
bunkers for linear accelerators, the latest in radiation therapy technology
delivering pinpoint accuracy in treating solid tumours.
The centre will also be equipped with a 15-chair day
oncology unit delivering chemotherapy and treatment for blood disorders.
The centre - a partnership between the university, cancer
care provider Icon Group and Cornerstone Building Developments - will also
provide training and research opportunities for the university's staff and
The University's Vice-Chancellor and president Professor
Deep Saini said the centre would be a great facility for the Canberra community
and provide exciting opportunities for health and science students.
"With this new centre, our students will have access to
an advanced facility where they will be able to apply their learnings from the
classroom through clinical placements," Professor Saini said.
"It will also provide our researchers and research
students various collaborative opportunities across different fields, including
medical oncology, radiation oncology and chemotherapy. It is an exciting
Professor in medical imaging Rob Davidson said the centre
should reduce waiting times and help provide the best training to students, who
now had access to clinical services on campus.
"There is currently a very limited service for cancer
patients in Canberra's growing population," he said.
"The current services mean patients have delays in
services or they have to travel elsewhere."
Icon Group chief executive officer Mark Middleton said the
centre would improve access to world-class cancer care services for patients in
Canberra at a time of increasing need.
"It's our firm belief that people should have access to
comprehensive, quality cancer care as close to home as possible, and this
includes the availability of options to suit patients' personal treatment needs
and preferences," he said.
"We look forward to supporting the Canberra community
with exceptional cancer care."
This new centre will expand on the range of services offered
within the university's growing health precinct, including the health hub,
which has been operating since 2014, and the soon-to-open University of
Canberra Public Hospital.
This article was originally published on The Canberra Times. You can read the original article here.