The Royal Melbourne Hospital is one of six partners in a new $1 billion comprehensive cancer centre to be built in Parkville.
In an announcement today, Premier John Brumby and Federal Health and Aging Minister, Nicola Roxon announced $852.2 million in joint funding for the establishment of the Parkville Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Parkville CCC).
The Parkville CCC will bring together research, education and treatment in what will be the largest cancer centre in Victoria, becoming a key referral service for the treatment of rare and complex cancers and providing support for regional cancer services to improve local access to specialists and multi-disciplinary care.
Melbourne Health Chief Executive, Linda Sorrell said the Parkville CCC represented a unique opportunity to collaborate with other organisations that shared the common goal of improving outcomes for cancer patients.
We are proud and privileged to be working closely with our colleagues to create what will surely become one of the top 10 cancer centres in the world.
It is a powerful example of great hospitals, great research institutions and great universities working together to improve the quality of lives for thousands of people across Victoria and the country, she said.
Patients at The Royal Melbourne Hospital will have access to new and improved oncology wards and integrated oncology services including direct access to radiation therapy and the latest developments in cancer research.