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Wimmera Cancer Centre Receives Crucial Funding

Wimmera Cancer Centre has received crucial funding from the State Government to secure the build the site for local patients.

The centre will receive a further $1.6 million from the government, on top of previous fundraising efforts, ensure local patients can access world-leading oncology care, close to home.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said the extra funding will see the project expanded beyond just a redevelopment of the Wimmera Healthcare Group’s oncology unit, to include renal dialysis services and palliative care accommodation.

The Centre will also include nine new day chemotherapy chairs, a wellness service, six renal dialysis chairs and modern accommodation facilities for palliative care services.

“This will secure the future of the Wimmera Cancer Centre and will mean more cancer patients can access the highest quality cancer care, right on their doorstep,” she said.

Rainbow and Jeparit Argus Editor David Ward spoke to Flow FM about an anonymous donation for the centre that has also helped fundraising efforts.

Victoria’s Wimmera Southern Mallee has the highest incidence of cancer over any other disease in the region, with around 2,300 patients set to be treated this year.

The total cost of the new centre is $5.35 million, with construction now expected to start in November.

Image Source – The Wimmera Mail-Times