Unequal cancer care access for regional Victorians
Friday, 11th February 2022
Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy encourages the Victorian Government to remove the divide between regional and metropolitan areas when it comes to accessing cancer care*.
Mr McCurdy said, “Just recently, February 4, 2022, marked the recognition of World Cancer Day - except this year, with the insight from the Cancer Council it also marked a divide for cancer care between regional and metro areas*.”
In a recent media release, Cancer Council Australia’s CEO, Dr Tanya Buchanan stated, “cancer outcomes in Australia are among the best in the world, but these are not experienced equally across the country*.
“As 66,300 Australians made the move to regional and rural areas. Cancer Council argues there is a renewed urgency to tackle inequalities, given that so many Australians are leaving the cities due to the repercussions of COVID-19.”
Dr Buchanan continued, “data shows that those living in rural or remote areas of the country face an increased risk of dying within five years of cancer, compared to those living in urban areas*.”
Mr McCurdy added, “access to cancer treatment and even life expectancy should not be determinative on where you live in Australia.
“I urge the Victorian Government to get behind the Cancer Council and help ensure this division is resolved.”
Mr McCurdy encourages local community members across the Ovens Valley and Victoria to show their support for equal access to cancer care by taking the cancer-free pledge at www.cancer.org.au/take-the-pledge.