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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Concerns for Gynaecological Oncology Services Access

The Shadow Minister Health, Ryan Park MP and Dr Michael Holland MP, Member For Bega have advised that they are concerned that women of southern New South Wales may be adversely affected by potentially compromised gynaecological cancer care in the ACT. Specialist gynaecological cancer services have been provided to the ACT for over 20 years by the Royal Hospital for Women/Prince of Wales Hospital. This included fortnightly clinics and weekly operating lists. It provided multidisciplinary care in coordination with local medical and radiation oncology services. It enabled local treatment for women in the ACT as well as surrounding regions of New South Wales. The current visiting gynaecological oncologist is due to retire at the end of this year, leaving a potential deficit in women’s cancer care in the ACT. This will impact the care of women in the neighbouring New South Wales electorates of Bega, Monaro, Goulburn, Wagga, Cootamundra and Albury. In a media release issued this week the local Member and Shadow Minister say “We call on the ACT Minister for Health to develop a succession plan with appointment of a resident gynaecological oncology specialist in the ACT. “We call on the NSW Minister for Health to work with the ACT Ministry for Health to establish a support network of visiting gynaecological cancer specialists to maintain a functional women’s cancer care service in the ACT. Dr Michael Holland and Mr Ryan Park will continue in their advocacy, seeking to garner the support of their New South Wales Parliamentary colleagues to ensure this service.


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