New cancer fighting equipment in action in Hobart

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Health

Hundreds of Tasmanians will now receive their cancer treatment closer to home with the Tasmanian Liberal Government investing in a new Linear Accelerator at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

We know there have been increasing demands for radiation oncology in Tasmania and delivering on our 2019 commitment to upgrade the state’s radiation oncology equipment is another step forward in achieving a better health system for all Tasmanians.

The new, state-of-the-art, Linear Accelerator at the W.P. Holman Clinic will provide clinicians an opportunity to design the best and most precise treatment plan, improving patient outcomes.

Linear Accelerators deliver highly accurate radiation treatment for patients, making them an essential and integral part of any modern cancer facility, and will make a real difference to over 750 patients who receive treatment at the W.P. Holman Clinic each year.

Through the investment of more modern equipment that supports our world-class clinicians, fewer patients will need to travel to the mainland to receive treatment.

This means so much not only to those who need the treatment, but also to their family, their friends, and carers who support them.

Importantly, I want to thank the dedicated staff who work in the W.P. Holman Clinic for their continued commitment to helping expand patient care, treatment, and outcomes.

The equipment has been delivered through the State and Federal Government’s Commonwealth Radiation Oncology Health Program Grant and is part of a $28 million investment from the Tasmanian Liberal Government into upgrading the state’s oncology equipment.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government remains committed to providing critical cancer services and improving health outcomes for all Tasmanians, and investments such as these will make life a lot easier for both staff and patients.

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