A world-class $52 million integrated cancer centre in Campbelltown will soon give cancer patients in South Western Sydney and the Southern Highlands access to the latest advancements in radiation oncology, medical oncology, and global clinical trials.
Today, local politicians, doctors, representatives from the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) and key community members are gathering on site for a sod-turning ceremony, to officially mark the commencement of construction.
Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss said that this development will expand the capacity of our local health and cancer care services, building upon the great work already being done in the public sector and increasing the availability of important treatments, therapies and global clinical trials.
“Increased local services will reduce the burden of travel on residents during what is an especially difficult and stressful time in their lives,” he said.
Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly comprise three of the top seven Sydney areas ranked by cancer incidence and three of the top six Sydney areas ranked by cancer mortality.
The new cancer centre will have the capacity to deliver more than 30,000 treatments annually, with medical oncology and radiation oncology services, medical imaging, pathology, a clinical trials unit and allied health services, all under the one roof.
It is the result of a partnership between Campbelltown City Council, Australia’s leading integrated cancer care provider GenesisCare, Erilyan, and the owner of the site, the NorthWest-manged Vital Healthcare Property Trust. NorthWest is Australia’s largest owner and manager of healthcare property, with Vital funding the cancer centre as the first stage of a leading healthcare precinct.
“This world-class cancer centre on 4,473sqm of the site is the important first phase of the development of a state-of-the-art healthcare precinct, and we very much look forward to combining leading health services including mental health, a day surgery, and consulting rooms, to deliver this significant precinct in the coming years,” Alex Belcastro, Senior Vice President, Medical Precincts, NorthWest Healthcare Properties, said.
Erilyan’s Director Karl Mayoh said that the community of Campbelltown will experience a building that is usually reserved for the large-scale CBD healthcare precincts.
Fergus Rourke, GenesisCare’s General Manager in NSW, said, “Globally, we are also seeing increased awareness and understanding of the importance of sustainability in healthcare infrastructure. We are incredibly proud of the fact that the new precinct and our integrated cancer centre has a 5 Star Green Star Rating.”
GenesisCare’s integrated cancer centre will be located in Campbelltown’s new cutting-edge health precinct, conveniently located close to Narellan Road and the M5, creating ease of access for patients travelling to and from the centre from the wider region.
More than 750 local sub-contractors will be employed during the construction phase of the project, and once open, the service will create 60 high-quality long-term healthcare jobs.