Pa­tient care in­spires win­ner

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

WEST Perth on­col­ogy phar­ma­cist Julie Adams has been named the 2016 Tel­stra WA Busi­ness Woman of the Year for her work in cancer care.

The doc­tor also re­ceived the 2016 Tel­stra WA Busi­ness Women’s En­tre­pre­neur award for her busi­ness chemo@home.

The busi­ness, which was es­tab­lished three years ago, of­fers pa­tients the con­ve­nience to have cancer treat­ment in their own home.

Dr Adams said win­ning the award was a great sur­prise and helped give the busi­ness a more public pro­file.

She said she was in­spired by im­prov­ing pa­tients’ treat­ment ex­pe­ri­ence and their qual­ity of life.

“Hav­ing treat­ment at home helps al­le­vi­ate stress for pa­tients, and there is a lot of in­for­ma­tion to sup­port that those pa­tients who have treat­ment at home ben­e­fit from it,” she said.

“A lot of peo­ple aren’t aware you can have this treat­ment in your home and that it’s avail­able to pa­tients hav­ing most treat­ments.”

The busi­ness also pro­vides ath­ome in­fu­sions for other con­di­tions such as mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, Crohn’s disease and rheuma­toid arthri­tis.

Ms Adams said chemo@home was avail­able only to pri­vate pa­tients.

“Cur­rently chemo@home is only avail­able for pa­tients with pri­vate health in­sur­ance, but we are cur­rently in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the State Gov­ern­ment to try and make it avail­able to public pa­tients who re­quire treat­ment,” she said.

Small Busi­ness Min­is­ter Sean L'Es­trange and last year's WA win­ner Angie Paske­vi­cius con­grat­u­late Julie Adams with Tel­stra re­gional di­rec­tor Janet Barnes.

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