Cancer patients living in the Kempsey and Nambucca areas will be able to access radiation therapy services from 2023/24.
Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said the Federal Government is increasing access to radiation therapy services for thousands of cancer patients living in rural and regional areas.
"About one-third of people with cancer in Australia live outside our major cities and having better access to treatment will save," he said.
"This new investment of up to $5 million means cancer patients in Cowper can access treatment close to home and without incurring out of pocket expenses.
"This Federal Government continues to invest in and build capacity in Australia's health system to deliver quality outcomes for all Australians no matter where they live."
Mr Conaghan said local cancer patients will be able to access all their cancer treatment services in one place.
"I congratulate the Mid North Coast Local Health District (LHD) on being the successful applicant to provide radiation treatment to the residents of the Mid-North Coast," Pat said.
"The LHD is perfectly placed to provide integrated health services, including radiation services, in the Kempsey and Nambucca regions.
"A Radiation Treatment Centre covering the Macleay and Nambucca valleys improves regional patient access to radiation services currently available in Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie."
Funding for this initiative comes from the Government's Health Infrastructure Program, which is building, upgrading and expanding vital health infrastructure to ensure Australia's health system is equipped to meet current and future health needs.
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