Trust invests $300,000 in cancer education program

The Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre is set to become an education and training hub for health professionals who care for cancer patients throughout the region.

The Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund will invest $300,000 over three years in a new oncology education program to be launched at the centre tomorrow (Thursday).

The program will offer professional development, training and scholarship opportunities for both staff working within the centre, as well as those caring for patients out in their own communities.

Trust Fund board member, Bryan Blake, said the program was aimed at enhancing the quality of care provided to patients and their families.

“This initiative is about upskilling staff to ensure our patients receive the very best care available,” he said.

“It’s important that our health professionals stay up-to-date with the latest practices and continually enhance their skills in oncology treatment.

“Providing these education and training opportunities is also critical in helping to attract and retain health professionals to our region.”

An education committee comprising Albury Wodonga Health, Border Medical Oncology Research Unit, Ramsay Health and GenesisCare representatives has been formed to oversee the new program.

The committee has conducted a needs analysis to determine training and education priorities for the region’s oncology sector.

Among the priorities is oncology emergencies and pain management, with the first training session – Radiotherapy Overview and Skin Management – to get underway following the launch tomorrow evening.

Also with the arrival of a new haematologist, Dr Anish Puliyayil, a focus will be on haematology education.

Mr Blake thanked the community for their support and said without their generous donations, these education opportunities may not be available to those caring for cancer patients in our community.