Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

Park­ing good news I WRITE to com­mend the State Govern­ment on its an­nounce­ment to make an ad­di­tional 100,000 free and dis­counted car park­ing spa­ces avail­able at public hos­pi­tals each year to help Queens­lan­ders in need.

The $7.5 mil­lion boost, which is part of a four-point ac­tion plan, will sig­nif­i­cantly ad­vance our ef­forts to bet­ter sup­port Queens­land can­cer pa­tients and re­duce the fi­nan­cial bur­den of can­cer on those af­fected.

We com­mend Health and Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Min­is­ter Cameron Dick for his work on this ini­tia­tive, which will im­prove ac­cess to world-class care in Queens­land hos­pi­tals.

This in­vest­ment is an im­por­tant step to­wards im­prov­ing af­ford­able ac­cess to treat­ment for peo­ple in fi­nan­cial hard­ship or who face mul­ti­ple sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­ers to treat­ment, such as ge­o­graphic dis­tance.

Many can­cer pa­tients will ex­pe­ri­ence psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­tress and fi­nan­cial hard­ship as a re­sult of their di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment. Their fam­i­lies, friends, and com­mu­ni­ties will also be af­fected.

Re­gional and dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble and are dis­pro­por­tion­ately im­pacted, mak­ing it im­per­a­tive that can­cer ser­vice sys­tems are re­spon­sive to both the clin­i­cal and prac­ti­cal needs of all those im­pacted by can­cer.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land has just com­pleted a com­mu­ni­ty­wide sur­vey on out-of-pocket costs.

The find­ings will be re­leased soon and high­light that the cost of trans­port and car park­ing are a ma­jor con­cern for many pa­tients, car­ers and their fam­i­lies.

Af­ford­able ac­cess to world-class can­cer care re­mains among the high­est pri­or­i­ties for Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land, to en­sure all Queens­lan­ders have the best pos­si­ble prospects for pre­vent­ing can­cer, de­tect­ing it early, and sur­viv­ing it if a di­ag­no­sis should oc­cur.

I take this op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the Palaszczuk Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to can­cer con­trol and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our joint work to­wards a can­cer-free fu­ture. — Ms Chris McMil­lan Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land

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