Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy said more work still needed to be done to address the lack of cancer services in the region, despite securing funding for a multi-million redevelopment of Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Health.
Ms Hennessy said the Victorian Government had introduced a four-year cancer plan that would provide a framework to improve cancer outcomes for regional Victoria.
‘‘We absolutely do think we need to do a better job in delivering cancer services right across regional Victoria, but particularly in this region,’’ Ms Hennessy said.
‘‘The provision of cancer services isn’t just about the building, it’s about getting the workforce, it’s about looking at what types of cancers, how do you get the right specialists to come in. We need to do more, but we also need to make sure that we make it sustainable and don’t have second-rate cancer services.’’
State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed said the facility only strengthened the case for a specialist cancer treatment centre and added she would continue to advocate for the service.
Ms Sheed said she believed the region was close to proving it had the demographic requirements and population to justify a cancer centre, as well as develop medical services in town.
‘‘We’ll be looking for funding to really try and redevelop a medical precinct in town, as well as redevelop the hospital here,’’ Ms Sheed said