20 Oct 2010

Funding aimed at faster cancer treatment

8:45 am on 20 October 2010

The Government has announced a cash boost of nearly $4 million to help regional cancer centres reduce waiting times for radiotherapy treatment.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says the extra money will pay for new high-tech software, which will mean faster treatment and better patient management systems.

He says from the end of this year, the target for waiting times will reduce from six weeks to four weeks.

Mr Ryall says the funding will also speed up the commissioning of a new linear accelerator.

The funding is expected to trim days off waiting times in most centres.