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Boost for Coastal cancer centre campaign: Coalition, local businessman to provide scholarships for radiographers to work in the North-West



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Senator Stephen Parry Garry Carpenter

Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate Federal Liberal Candidate for Braddon

Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate Liberal, Tasmania

Tuesday August 17, 2010

Boost for Coastal cancer centre campaign . . .

Coalition, local businessman to provide scholarships for radiographers to work in the North-West

A COALITION Government will, if elected, join with a North-West businessman to set up a $1.2 million scholarship fund, providing assistance for 12 radiography students from the region who will in return help staff a cancer centre on the Coast.

Liberal Senator Stephen Parry and Braddon Liberal Candidate Garry Carpenter announced today that the Coalition would commit $600,000 to match dollar for dollar a commitment by Elphinstone Pty Ltd executive chairman, Mr Dale Elphinstone.

Senator Parry said he had discussed with Mr Elphinstone the task of ensuring specialist staff will be available to provide local cancer services from the beginning and into the long-term.

“We have never walked away from this challenge and what we are announcing today is further evidence of the strength of the Coalition’s commitment to delivering cancer services on the Coast,” he said.

“Our commitment, together with Mr Elphinstone’s generous offer, effectively targets a need by requiring that those who receive scholarships are bonded to work here in the North-West, helping to provide cancer and MRI services, when they complete their training.”

Mr Elphinstone said the initiative, together with the purchase of an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner for the North West Regional Hospital, for which he has committed half the funds, is particularly aimed at improving the early detection and diagnosis of cancers.

“Early detection and prompt and effective care will not only assist in better outcomes for patients, it will also substantially reduce the cost of medical treatment,” he said.

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In welcoming today’s announcement, Mr Carpenter restated the Coalition’s firm commitment to delivering full cancer services in the North-West, including a fully operational linear accelerator, by 2013.

“Both Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have publicly made this very clear - we will deliver real action on North-West cancer services, no ifs, no buts,” Mr Carpenter said.

“State and Federal Labor Governments have broken their promises to the people of Braddon on the delivery of cancer services; we will not break ours’.

“Today’s announcement is about ensuring that we have the specialist staff available to work at the North-West cancer centre to operate the MRI and the linear accelerator, and I want to express my thanks to Mr Elphinstone for his support in making this happen.”

Mr Elphinstone concluded: “The provision of a cancer clinic complete with a linear accelerator, an MRI scanner for prompt diagnosis and adequately trained staff will provide the most complete solution possible to help North-West residents with cancer-related challenges.”

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For further information, contact Anthony Haneveer (Senator Parry) - 0400 992 928