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Funding for cancer centre overdue

September 24, 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has again called on the Victorian Government to fund a comprehensive cancer centre for the electorate.

Ms Sheed used her last constituency question during this term of Parliament to ask the Minister for Health to commit to establishing a holistic cancer treatment facility in the Shepparton District with onsite oncology, radiotherapy and wellness services.

“I have spoken many times in Parliament about the pressing need for appropriate cancer treatment services in Shepparton District,” Ms Sheed said.

“I am constantly confronted with stories from people in my electorate who struggle to access radiotherapy services when they fall sick.”

Ms Sheed said she had recently met several constituents in Tatura who shared their personal stories of the immense challenge of driving to Bendigo for treatment, the toll it took on their health and the onerous burden it placed on their carers.

“Statistics show that distance from services is often a deciding factor in whether or not people seek treatment and how successful it is,” Ms Sheed said.

“People in so many other regional centres have appropriate cancer treatment services in their own communities and the people of Shepparton District should no longer have to struggle through some of the toughest times of their life without the same opportunity afforded them.”

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Riahn Smith 0419 138 978│riahn.smith@parliament.vic.gov.au

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