Improving cancer care in Wollongong

Cancer patients and their families in Wollongong will receive better care under a $15 million investment announced by the Federal Labor Government today.

Federal Labor will establish a network of 34 Cancer Care Nurse Coordinators ensuring people diagnosed with cancer get access to specialist health services.

Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, has welcomed the additional resources for cancer care in Wollongong.

“The Illawarra Cancer Care Centre at Wollongong Hospital will receive one of these new Cancer Care Nurse Coordinators to work with patients diagnosed with cancer.

“Patients diagnosed with cancer face a multitude of challenges, including getting the fastest and best possible specialist treatment to beat this disease.

“The Cancer Care Nurse Coordinator will support cancer patients and their families, providing expertise in administration and management of cancer care and treatment.

“We are progressively bridging the gap in the treatment of cancer in regional areas.

“Today’s announcement builds on the $12.1 million commitment by Federal Labor to build the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre at Wollongong Hospital.

“And adds to the $2 billion investment by the Federal Labor Government providing better access to Government-subsidised cancer medicines”, Ms Bird said.