The State Liberals have welcomed $68 million of Federal funding Australia’s first Proton Therapy Unit to be established in South Australia.
State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall said that the funding resuscitates the SAHMRI 2 project – the second hub of the world-class South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI 2).
“The Turnbull Government’s $68 million commitment is an important advance for Australian cancer patients and a significant development for Adelaide’s biomedical and health sciences precinct,” said Mr Marshall.
“Proton therapy provides treatment of tumours of otherwise inoperable cancers without affecting healthy tissues.
“Currently Australian cancer patients needing this highly sophisticated proton therapy are forced to travel overseas to seek treatment.
“Establishing a Proton Therapy Unit in Adelaide will provide an Australian treatment option for national and international cancer patients.
“The Proton Therapy Unit will further enhance Adelaide’s capacity and reputation as a worldclass bio-medical and health sciences hub putting local researchers at the cutting edge of this pioneering science.
“I’d like to see SAHMRI 2 embrace the same design principles that has made the SAHMRI such an outstanding building.
“SAHMRI is one of Australia’s great pieces of architecture and SAHMRI 2 presents us with the opportunity of matching its design excellence.”