The communities of South West Victoria celebrated the formal opening of the South West Regional Cancer Centre (SWRCC) on 2 December 2016.
It’s a dream come true for local hero Vicki Jellie and Peter’s Project who fundraised for years to encourage commitment from State and Federal Governments to build SWRCC, located in Ryot Street, Warrnambool.
South West Regional Cancer Centre formally opened
Friday 2 December 2016
Victoria’s Health Minister, the Hon Jill Hennessy together with Federal Member for Wannon, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, today formally opened the new $30 million South West Regional Cancer Centre opposite Warrnambool Base Hospital in Ryot Street.
The centre (SWRCC), which saw its first patients in July this year, means that cancer patients of Victoria’s South West communities could avoid driving to Geelong or Melbourne to receive specialist radiation treatment.
Epworth HealthCare, responsible for building and operating the cancer centre for Victoria’s public patients, welcomed the official party which also included Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell MP, State Member for Western Victoria James Purcell MP, hospital chiefs of both Epworth HealthCare and South West HealthCare, and representatives from Peter’s Project including ‘local hero’ Vicki Jellie.
Peter’s Project began in Sept 2008 when Ms Jellie resolved to lobby far and wide – local, state and federal governments; businesses; sporting clubs; cafes, bars and traders – to receive both a commitment and funding to build a fully-operational cancer centre in the South West region.
The Peter’s Project Foundation delivered the promised $5 million community contribution toward the construction of SWRCC, following a full financial commitment from the Victorian State Government for $15million in 2013; and the Federal Government provision of $10million.
Epworth HealthCare Group CEO Alan Kinkade said that the new SWRCC delivers an integrated model of care in a state-of-the-art facility.
“We have designed and built an integrated cancer care centre that can provide radiotherapy treatment for 500 patients per year.
“Together with the chemotherapy unit established by South West Healthcare, and the cancer support services offered at the Peter’s Project Support Centre, the SWRCC is a great, community asset,” Mr Kinkade said.
The centre contains two radiotherapy bunkers; the latest Varian TrueBeam radiation treatment machine (linear accelerator) and a CT scanner.
Epworth HealthCare participates in national and international clinical trials and research.