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2016-17 State Budget Summary

Wednesday 27 April, 2016

It's Budget time again and today we welcome the Victorian Government's commitment to improving cancer survival rates through investment in clinical research and health infrastructure

The 2016 State Budget includes $19.8 million over four years to accelerate the translation of medical research into clinical practice as part of its Health and Medical Research Strategy. The Clinical trial research program will be streamlined, with funding for postdoctoral fellowships, clinical trials, and a medical research acceleration fund to accelerate commercialisation. 

$16.6 million has been allocated over the next four years to cancer control services including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Partnership and the Victorian Cancer Registry. This is welcome news and we look forward to the details of the VCR funding arrangements.

As already announced, the Government will spend $28.5 million in rolling out its Victorian Medicinal Cannabis Access scheme in a two phase process. In the first instance, eligibility will be limited to children with severe epilepsy, and phase two will expand access to cover broader patient groups. 

The Government has also committed $1 million for the first stage of the Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre and funding for infrastructure works at Austin Health, Western Health Footscray and Sunshine. 

We also welcome funding of regional health centres including a $1 million towards the $3.5 million Wimmera Cancer Centre, $2.1 million for an urgent care centre at Moyne Health Service in Port Fairy, and for the redevelopment of Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton.