Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson has welcomed todays announcement by WA Minister for Health Roger Cook that will allow Genesis Care to locate their federally funded linear accelerator machine at the Albany Health Campus.
“I’ve been campaigning to get an Albany-based radiation oncology service for Albany for the past 18 months since the Federal Government allocated $6.6 million in 2017 for the project,” Mr Wilson said.
“The petition I’ve been supporting has more than 2000 signatures, which shows the high level of support this project has in the Albany community.
“I’ve been calling on the State Government to commit the $4M Genesis Care indicated would be required to co-locate the machine in the Albany Health Campus, so I couldn’t be more pleased that we finally have a positive outcome with this $13M State commitment.
“Congratulations must go to Mary Williams and her dedicated team of volunteers who I have been working with to make this project a priority for the State Government.
“Together with the Federal Government funding, this new commitment from the State Government will make their dream a reality.”
Mr Wilson said installing a radiotherapy machine in Albany will mean cancer patients can have the treatment they need close to home, with support from their family and trusted health professionals.
“Co-locating the machine at Albany Health Campus will complement the existing diagnostic, surgical, chemotherapy and hospice services,” he said.