ALBURY-Wodonga will receive two cancer care nurse co-ordinators under a Labor government.
The two roles will be funded out of a $15 million investment for a network of such co-ordinators, who will provide patients with vital information about cancer and its treatment, and help patients navigate the health system, connecting them with health services and with community support and resources.
One role would be based at the Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, and the other at the Albury-Wodonga Patient and Carer Accommodation Centre.
ALP candidate for Indi Robyn Walsh welcomed this morning’s announcement.
“This comes on top of considerable investment in health and hospitals for Indi – which means more doctors, nurses and beds and more people cared for; less waiting time in emergency departments; and people getting their surgery done sooner,” Ms Walsh said.
This initiative is expected to benefit at least 7600 rural cancer patients and their families over four years.
The cancer care nurse co-ordinators initiative is funded through the Priority Health Initiatives measure, and is fully accounted for in the budget.