Central Goldfields Shire residents will soon be able to get the cancer treatment they need closer to home after an oncology funding boost by the state government.
Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford announced yesterday that Maryborough District Health Service will receive a $500,000 funding boost that will help deliver 2,000 more local oncology appointments this financial year.
Ms Pulford says the funding will mean locals can access the same world-class healthcare as patients in Melbourne.
“The last thing local patients need when they’re battling illness is long, costly and inconvenient trips to Melbourne to get the treatment they need. We’re fixing that,” Ms Pulford said.
“Our investment means that Central Goldfields patients will no longer face huge bills for private oncology appointments or pay for costly trips to Melbourne to see a specialist. It means more time to recover at home with loved ones,” she added.
The funding is part of the state government's $136.2 million investment in specialist care in the 2019-20 Victorian Budget.