The Coalition Government is delivering on is promise for better cancer services for Territorians, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said as the PET scanner moves to the next step.
“The PET Scanner Project includes the development of the PET Scanner facility itself, but also the development of an associated cyclotron facility and an expansion of cancer treatment at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre (AWCCC). The construction tender has been released for the associated cyclotron facility and AWCCC expansion,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition is delivering on its election commitment for better health care services for Territorians with this PET scanner project in motion with work well underway on the PET Scanner facility and now this tender for the associated cyclotron facility and AWCCC expansion.”
“The new cyclotron facility will include the cyclotron bunker, radiopharmacy, quality control, storage and related staff facilities and will enable the isotopes needed for the PET scans to be produced locally. The Coalition fought to ensure both the PET scanner and cyclotron would be delivered for Territorians to provide the best cancer services.”
The PET Scanner Project is a joint Commonwealth-Northern Territory project and includes:
- $15 million Commonwealth Funding for this purpose built cyclotron bunker at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, as well as a Pet Scanner facility at the Royal Darwin Hospital’s radiology unit and a new PET Scanner machine
- $3 million from the Northern Territory Government for a cyclotron machine that will create the isotopes needed for the PET Scanner
- $5 million from the Northern Territory Government for 12 new chemotherapy chairs and expansion of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre
“The Coalition Government is absolutely committed to ensuring Northern Territory residents have access to the same level of amenity as people living in other parts of Australia and the PET scanner and cyclotron, means Territorians will be able to remain closer to their loved ones during such a stressful time and not have to travel interstate for treatment.”
The expanded chemotherapy capacity at Alan Walker will include 12 new chemotherapy chairs, an expanded waiting area, a treatment room, new consulting rooms, a medication room, an allied health office and development of related support areas including storage and amenities. The new chairs will accommodate more than 300 additional chemotherapy patients.
Tenders for construction of the chemotherapy expansion and cyclotron facility will close on 31 January 2018. The building works for the Cyclotron and Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre are expected to be completed in early 2019.