The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has welcomed advice from private provider GenesisCare that they have been successful in securing a health program grant for the establishment of radiotherapy services in Shepparton.
Ms Lovell has constantly campaigned for radiotherapy services to be established in Shepparton and while welcoming the news, warned there was still work to be done to ensure the services would be available to all patients.
“GenesisCare is the largest provider of radiation oncology in Australia and operates eight radiation oncology centres in Victoria, including the Regional Cancer Centre in Albury. Because they are a private provider, it is vital that the State Government works with GenesisCare so that any planned services in Shepparton are available and affordable to all patients,” Ms Lovell said.
Ms Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government and Health Minister Jill Hennessy to ensure the creation of a public/private partnership between GenesisCare and government to provide treatment is available to all public patients.
“I have long campaigned for radiotherapy to be made available at GV Health and have been re-telling the stories of radiotherapy patients to remind the Andrews Labor Government of the need for services locally. While this GenesisCare project is not being funded by the State Government, the State Health Minister and her Government still have a role to play in providing the recurrent funding to ensure the delivery of equitable cancer services for all patients,” Ms Lovell said.
“That is why I have called on the Government to work with GenesisCare and provide a public/private partnership to ensure that all patients will be able to access any planned radiotherapy services in Shepparton.”
Ms Lovell said that GenesisCare is a leading private provider of essential radiotherapy services with eight clinics in Victoria that operate under three different service provision arrangements.
“Several of GenisisCare’s sites deliver both public and private services through a shared care model, where patients that meet certain criteria can access radiotherapy as a public patient but those that don’t meet the criteria need to choose to be a private patient or travel to access a public service. In Shepparton this would mean some patients would need to continue to travel to Bendigo, Albury/Wodonga or Melbourne,” Ms Lovell said.
“The GenisisCare site in Albury/Wodonga delivers full public access via a Public Private Partnership and this would be an ideal model for Shepparton.”