Standing up for Canberra

New Accommodation for Cancer Patients

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, and Federal Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, today announced the purchase of a property to enable cancer patients and their carers to enjoy a supportive home-like environment during their treatment and recovery.

“The house in the suburb of Duffy will be a home away from home for cancer patients and their carers for whom long distances make it too difficult for them to travel to and from their own homes on a daily basis to receive their treatment,” the Chief Minister said.

“The property will be able to accommodate a small number of Capital Regional Cancer Service patients and their carers and provide a quiet homely environment during the treatment.

“The advantage of having the accommodation off the Canberra Hospital Campus is that the patient and their carer are away from the treatment facility, which aids their recovery,” Ms Gallagher said.

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, said the Australian Government has provided $1.8 million for the property purchase, extensive renovations, special furniture and equipment, landscaping and 
fit-out.

“The property will contain six suites and common areas which enable residents to interact and support each other through the process,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“This accommodation will provide a much needed space for patients to relax and feel at home, while going through their treatment.

“This investment is on top of the Federal Government’s additional $29.7 million to build a new Cancer Centre at Canberra Hospital,” Ms Brodtmann said.

The ACT Government is also boosting funding for cancer services each year with the 2011-12 Budget providing $10.9 million over four years to help meet continuing and rising demand for cancer care. This includes $6.7 million to fund a fourth linear accelerator.

The Duffy property will now undergo extensive renovations and is expected to be operational by 
mid-2012. 

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