Northern Territory

$35m for PET scans & extra chemotherapy

The Territory Government is delivering high quality health services with Budget 2018 delivering $35 million over five years to operate new and improved cancer diagnosis and treatment services, currently being constructed.

The NT Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said Budget 2018 is about more jobs, more people and a brighter future – and an important part of that is making sure every single Territorian, no matter where they live, has access to high quality health services.

“Establishing a PET Scanner and expanding chemotherapy will significantly improve access to cancer services for Territorians,” she said.

“We know that many Territory families need access to these services, but are currently missing out. That’s why this Government is investing in generational change by building better health services.”

Minister Fyles said the $35 million investment over five years was critical to:

  • establishing and operating the Territory’s first PET Scanner Service for the research and diagnosis of diseases like cancer
  • establishing and operating the first cyclotron service needed to create isotopes for the scans
  • expanding chemotherapy services at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre

“Budget 2018-19 allocates $5.46 million to establish the new services but we know costs will increase as more Territorians access the services,” she said.

“We have accounted for that expected growth in demand with annual funding increasing from $5.46 million to $8.11 million in 2022-23.”

This is critical OPERATIONAL funding announced by the Northern Territory Government.

The funding for CONSTRUCTION was provided by both the Australian and Northern Territory Governments and that work is continuing.

The $23 million PET Scanner and chemotherapy expansion projects are jointly funded with $15 million from the Australian Government and $8 million from the Northern Territory Government.

Development is well underway with:

  • Expansion of RDH imaging to house the PET Scanner started September 2017
  • Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre treatment expansions started March 2018
  • Procurement of PET Scanner and fit out of the facilities hot lab awarded April 2018
  • Cyclotron facility construction (to create isotopes for scans) starting October 2018

The PET service remains on track to start later in 2018.

Source: NT Government