Cancer care in Warrnambool is on the move.
Thanks to the generosity of the Peter’s Project Foundation, three key cancer care staff are moving across the street, offering what is hoped will be an integrated cancer care service.
Cancer Services Development project manager Dr Nathalie Davis, South West Health McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Rebecca Hay and Cancer Link Nurse Sharna Purcell will change their work address from 33 to 34 Ryot Street this week.
Their move is possible thanks to Peter’s Project committing to pay the rent on the space for the next three years.
The staff will now be located on level 2 at the South West Regional Cancer Centre.
Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie said it was another step in establishing the region as being the home of an holistic approach to cancer care.
“We’re very happy to have everyone over here in the one-stop-shop we always dreamed it would be,” she said.
“It’s taken a little time to get this here but we’re really glad the staff can be in the one place as they should be.”
Ms Jellie said the community would continue to be rewarded for its generosity.
“We’re happy to have paid the community fund so that the community benefits from it,” she said.
“The funds that have been given to us in our trust are continuing to do great things for the region.”
South West Healthcare Education Research and Workforce development manager Barbara Moll said the move allowed an integrated cancer care service.
“The benefit of having this team together is that we’re bringing services that are being provided in the hospital for quite some time together,” she said.
“But it enables a team of people to work cohesively to provide a more integrated service for patients with cancer.
“It also builds the team which means that they become more expert and more supported in being able to support patients and their families.
“And it also raises the cancer profile within the hospital,” she said.
“So that we know we can almost start calling them the cancer team.”
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