Cancer patients and their families in Canberra and the surrounding south east New South Wales region can now access subsidised accommodation during cancer treatment and recovery.
Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann represented Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek with ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher at the opening of the facility, Duffy House, today.
Ms Brodtmann said the six bedroom facility in Duffy – with a communal lounge and kitchen– would provide a supportive, homely environment as part of improved cancer services in the ACT.
“There are half a million people living in the ACT and surrounding region, with around 35 per cent of Capital Region Cancer Centre (CRCC) patients coming from NSW.
“The provision of Duffy House is a component of the Australian Government’s Health and Hospitals Fund investment of almost $30 million in the CRCC,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“Together with Duffy House, the CRCC will improve cancer treatment by providing integrated cancer services along with research and teaching programs within a five-story building on the Canberra Hospital campus.
“The full complement of services is designed to address all aspects of cancer treatment while delivering greater support and education for patients, their families and the public,” Ms Brodtmann said.
Ms Gallagher said, “The ACT Government has made a significant investment in infrastructure, staffing and treatment capacity for cancer patients over the past four years, including funding for two new linear accelerators and almost $5 million more in cancer services.”
“All these investments in the centre mean the ACT and region will now enjoy world-class cancer care and better access to essential cancer care services.
“We are very pleased to be an essential link in the new $676 million network of 25 regional cancer centres with associated accommodation facilities being established around Australia,” she said.