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Increased investment in radiation therapy in New Zealand

05 Aug 2019
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The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden and Minister for Health, Dr David Clark, announced plans to replace 12 linear accelerators (linacs), machines used to deliver radiation as part of the treatment of cancer, across New Zealand over the next three years. The Government also announced the reallocation of two linacs from Palmerston North to Hawkes Bay and Taranaki.

This investment to upgrade radiation oncology equipment means that cancer patients will have access to the latest technology delivering targeted, safe and cost-effective modern cancer treatment.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) has been a driving force in advocating for cancer patients to have access to the most effective and appropriate treatment for their circumstances.

Chair of  RANZCR’s New Zealand Radiation Oncology Executive Committee, Dr Carol Johnson said the announcement was welcome recognition of the vital role radiation therapy plays in cancer care.

Read RANZCR’s media release here.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announcing investment in radiation oncology equipment. Image credits: Rosa Woods/stuff.co.nz