Queensland Health supports a "National" approach to Peritonectomy Surgery / HIPEC.
2 April 2015 A/Deputy Director General Queensland Health.
Patients' lives should not be put at risk because of the "state delivery" of health services in Australia.
20 March 2015
Australian Health Minister via the Australian Department of Health advised that interstate peritonectomy patients may access peritonectomy surgery at St George Public Hospital if they are assessed as eligible in their home states and are clinically referred to St George Public Hospital.
18 March 2015
Federal Health Minister advises there are too many patients under current guidelines for a NFC.
19 February 2015 Letter from Australian Government Department of Health.
National treatment centre for rare type of cancer established in Ireland.
3 January 2015 Irish Examiner
Professor Guy Maddern's tips on protecting yourself in surgery,"Go to a hospital that performs a lot of the type of surgery you are going to have, particularly if it is complex. Remember, practice makes perfect."
3 December 2014 SMH Amy Corderoy
Australian health system as bad as US study: Quality good but accessibility poor.
17 June 2014 Michael Koziol SMH
Restriction in ICU will be fixed so lives can be saved!
February 2013 - June 2014 Leader Newspaper.
Patients with Rare Cancers are far less likely to survive as treatment is not accessible in time!
17 March 2014
- What will the "Enhanced Multidisciplinary Team" do about patient number 73 when the NSW Government only funds 72 peritonectomy surgeries per year? 24 February 2014, Health Minister's email Response
Media pressure restores the date for Stacey Jaundrell's (QLD) cancelled life-saving operation at the PAH in Brisbane.
12 February 2014 Channel 9 News.
Limit on peritonectomy surgery decried - 72 NSW patients only.
15 January 2014 Deborah Field Leader Newspaper
- Quotas stop Peritonectomy surgery numbers rising and blow out waiting times so no additional federal funding.
Federal Health Minister could HELP if Australia had a NFC:
17 December Department of Health
- Good News for WA Peritonectomy Patients as vital service is restored! 12 December 2013, Dr Kim Hames MLA, Deputy Premier, Minister for Health
Where are the waiting times for peritonectomy surgery across Australia reported on the National Health Performance Authority website, www.nhpa.gov.au?
12 December 2013
Where are the statistics of the waiting times for Peritonectomy surgery?
Can't find the waiting times for peritonectomy surgery anywhere on the web, including the site for the National Health Performance Authority. Mmm......perhaps we should ask Currow, NSW Cancer Institute CEO, where to find them! After all he thinks 72 peritonectomy cancer surgeries is enough despite long waiting times and even though some states in Australia don't offer this lifesaving surgery.
Is excluding from the statistics the horrific waiting times for peritonectomy surgery part of the innovative work NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner refers to, "...being undertaken at a local level to ensure hospitals are not only meeting patient demand but striving to be better..."?
10 December 2013
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-meets-health-targets--set-to-receive-millions-in-federal-funding-20131210-2z4fy.html#ixzz2nDFqUmKz
No mention of Interstate Patients needing lifesaving surgery by NSW Cancer Institute
Amy Corderoy, SMH, 30 November 2013
Peritonectomy Patients need prompt surgery like other cancer patients provided 'within clinically recommended times" (within 30 or 90 days) and not within 12 months which is "timely" surgery.
28 November 2013 Nine News.
Currow, CEO NSW Cancer Institute, endorses the discriminatory quota system of 72 operations per year for only NSW patients.
21 November 2013 Leader Deborah Field
Surgery priorities for peritonectomies
21 November 2013 Leader Newspaper- St George.
Cancer surgery shame : St. George rejects interstate patients
Nine msn, A Current Affair, 07 November 2013
Cancer patient pleads for wait list reduction
ABC News, 07 November 2013
Taking on the system
Nine msn, A Current Affair, 07 November 2013
- Cancer patient calls for better conditions in public hospitals
Channel 9 News, 6 November 2013
- Queensland Mothers are still waiting for life saving Peritonectomy surgery
Queensland Hansard 29 October 2013
- St George Hospital rejects Interstate Patients needing life saving Peritonectomy Surgery.
Hansard 15 October 2013.
- Jillian Skinner joins search for Nicole Perko's life-saving surgery, but Morris and team still unable to treat interstate patients, many of whom cannot access treatment at home.
15 October 2013
- Petition-don't let cancer patients die waiting for peritonectomy surgery:
13 October 2013
NSW Shadow Minister for Health, Dr. Andrew McDonald, says 72 peritonectomy surgeries per year is not enough and the problem with waiting times won't go away until proper funding is available.
11 October 2013 - 8:49 AM
- NSW Government is conducting investigations into establishing a Nationally Funded Service for peritonectomy surgery
Letter from NSW Health Minister 12 August 2013
- Plan to restore surgery unit
Cathy O'Leary Medical Editor, The West Australian 7 July 2013.
- "Mr R.H. COOK: Pamela Barry is one of a range of patients who have to undergo an operation known as a peritonectomy in order to be given a good chance of survival. ...She says she has waited about two years. She is scared stiff because she knows that she needs this operation to give herself a good chance of survival...To allow patients to continue to be put on the never-never is not an option when they have been given a life expectancy that is nowhere near the never-never. Their end points are fast approaching...They are asking the minister to please sort this out because they want a chance of survival."
Hansard WA Parliament 14 May 2013
- Question without Notice asked by Cherie Burton MP of NSW Health Minister
Hansard 19 February 2013.
QLD victim renews plea for help
12 February 2013 Michelle Price myGC
- WA paid NSW for peritonectomy surgery but now St George Hospital rejects patients from WA.
28 November 2012 WA Hansard.
- Bureaucrats blamed for cancer delay
Kate Bastians, The West Australian 22 November 2012
- Peritonectomy now means peritoneal mesothelioma (asbestos cancer), a previously invariably fatal disease, is now treated with a 50% 5-year survival after peritonectomy/HIPEC
Back in 2007 Hardie campaigner Bernie Banton's chances of survival were virtually zero.
Elisabeth Sexton 21 August 2007 12:24PM