Scot MacDonald
IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES IN THE HUNTER
3rd Aug 2017

The NSW Government will fast track public patients’ access to endoscopies in the Hunter New England Local Health District under this year’s Innovations in Cancer Control Grant Program.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said a $141,000 NSW Health grant would fund a review of cases on waiting lists to ensure patients who meet national guidelines for colonoscopy or gastroscopy receive priority treatment.

“NSW public hospitals are carrying out increasing numbers of endoscopies, and we want to make sure people at risk of coloctoral cancer get the timely investigation they need to confirm whether they or not they have the disease,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Patients whose referrals meet the guidelines will soon be able to receive their colonoscopy earlier, meaning an early diagnosis or prevention of cancer.”

The funding is part of $3.4 million ingrants awarded through the Cancer Institute NSW for those communities at higher risk of poor health outcomes, including refugees, multicultural and Aboriginal communities, LGBTIQ people and people living in regional NSW.

NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research Brad Hazzard congratulated the Hunter New England Local Health District on its grants success.

“These grants are awarded to both the public system and non government organisations,” Mr Hazzard said.

“It recognises the innovation and good ideas that come when all our sectors work together to get better health outcomes for people.”

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