Access to testing and treatment for blood cancer in the Northern Territory is limited, largely due to geographic challenges and a lack of accredited blood cancer experts. The Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) is the only hospital in NT that provides haematology and comprehensive cancer services, and plays a central role providing equity of access of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to blood cancer care.
This project, led by Dr Emma Palfreyman (RDH), will establish a collaboration between RDH and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC), funding the traineeship of blood cancer specialists from RDH at the world-class facilities of PMCC in Victoria. It will create a framework between the two organisations facilitating the interpretation and delivery of results by specialists at RDH. This project pilots a model of involving regional centres in building a supported network of Australian genomic test centres providing timely, high-quality care for patients with blood cancers in Australia.
Dr Emma Palfreyman
Royal Darwin Hospital