Victorian Government Announcement
Thursday 21 April, 2016
HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR REGIONAL LEUKAEMIA PATIENTS
Patients from regional Victoria needing life-saving blood cancer treatment in Melbourne will now have a home away from home.
The 2016/17 Victorian Budget will provide $500,000 to support the Leukaemia Foundation to finalise its patient accomodation centre in Flemington called Building of Hope.
As part of the project, 15 modern, fully furnished apartments are being built across the road from the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and close to other specalist hospitals in the area. Currently, regional and rural Victorians diagnosed with acute blood cancers can't access the specalist treatment they need close to their homes.
They need to travel to Melbourne reguarly for long periods to get the treatment they require. This places a signidicant burden not only on the patients, but their families as well.
"The Building of Hope is a great initiative to help reduce the burden on the patient and their families. It provides them with a modern complex with access to any support or facilities they will require in their ongoing treatment process.” Said the Leukaemia Foundation’s CEO, Bill Petch.
The average length of treatment for acute leukaemia is six to eight months, and together with their families, the average length of stay in Melbourne for patients from regional and rural Victoria is four months.
“Recent blood cancer statistics states that more than 13,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed in 2016, this figure is greater than the previous year.” said Stephanie Hechenberger, General Manager of the Leukaemia Foundation Victoria.
The apartments – a mix of one and two bedrooms – will be able to accommodate families who travel with the patients.
The complex has been specifically designed for blood cancer patients undergoing treatment, with specialised modifications to support patients to stay safe and free of infection.
Minister of Health, Jill Hennessy said “Being able to stay across the road from the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre will mean regional leukaemia patients will have access to the best and brightest minds and cutting edge cancer treatment.”
The new centre will complement other accommodation provided by the Leukaemia Foundation, which at any one time can have up to 20 rural families on a waiting list for accommodation support.
The facility will also provide patients with support services by a team of specialised staff, including haematology and oncology nurses and allied health professionals available, plus patient counselling.
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Leukaemia Foundation’s Victorian Patient Accommodation Centre officially opens its doors.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s Victorian Patient Accommodation Centre was officially opened by the Minister for Health, Hon Jill Hennessy on Wednesday, revealing 15 new apartments for regional families required to relocate to Melbourne for blood cancer treatment.
Building of Hope – keeping families together (video)
The Building of Hope will make an extraordinary difference to the lives of regional families relocating to Melbourne for lifesaving treatment. Watch the video to learn more.