Leukaemia Village Opens in Adelaide
24 November 2013
Today I officially opened the new $9.7 million Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village.
The village will provide benefits to blood cancer patients from remote and regional communities across South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.
The Australian Government contributed over $3.9 million in funding to the purpose-built support facility in the north-eastern suburb of Northfield.
The village consists of a range of facilities including 15 two and three-bedroom units, a support service centre, library, games room, gymnasium, quiet room and seminar facilities. A child play area and outdoor barbeque facilities are also available for use.
It provides free accommodation and support services for patients and their families, creating a supportive and relaxing environment while they undergo treatment.
The specialist care and accommodation services provided by the village to cancer sufferers is a big step forward in supporting our regional communities.
It will significantly reduce costs to regional patients who need to relocate to Adelaide for specialist treatment.
Patients will be able to focus on their treatment and recovery, with the support of close family or friends and with less of a financial burden.
I congratulate the Leukaemia Foundation and the Wadham Estate Bequest for their respective contributions of $5.2 million and $500,000 towards this extremely worthy project.