Public and private service providers are invited to apply for funding from the Federal Government to develop the regional radiation treatment centre for Limestone Coast patients.
The Federal Government is providing the funding to improve access to radiation therapy for thousands of cancer patients in rural and regional areas of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
Limestone Coast will be one of 13 sites across the country to receive new radiation therapy services after Member for Barker Tony Pasin successfully advocated for the region to be included in the initiative.
“Currently, cancer patients in the Limestone Coast have to travel to major centres to obtain their radiation therapy. This can be an exhausting and expensive process, adding to the stress of a cancer diagnosis on the individual, their family and carers,”
“Through this funding, we can help patients to overcome these issues, so they and their families can focus on what matters – fighting and beating cancer,” Mr Pasin said.
Public and private service providers are encouraged to form consortia to apply for the funding, as this will maximise their ability to provide the new or expanded cancer treatment centres.
New and innovative approaches to delivering radiation therapy services in regional Australia are encouraged.
Funding for this initiative comes from the Australian Government’s Health Infrastructure Program, an important part of our long term health reform agenda.
The program is building, upgrading and expanding vital health infrastructure to ensure Australia’s health system is equipped to meet current and future health needs.
The open competitive grants process for the funding, which will be provided over five years from 2020-21, will open today at 4pm (Thursday 13 August 2020) for eight weeks and close on Wednesday 7 October 2020.
More information on the GrantConnect website at; www.grants.gov.au
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