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Swearing In

I was incredibly delighted to be sworn in as Minister for Local Government, Minister for Suburban Development and Minister for Veterans on Monday. Our state is facing unprecedented times and I'm honoured to be a part of a strong and fantastic team to get us to the other side.

Swearing In

I was incredibly delighted to be sworn in as Minister for Local Government, Minister for Suburban Development and Minister for Veterans on Monday. Our state is facing unprecedented times and I'm honoured to be a part of a strong and fantastic team to get us to the other side.

Thousands of meals per week in Victorian Parliament’s partnership with charities

The total number of meals prepared in the Parliament House kitchens for people most in need during the COVID-19 emergency has increased to several thousand per week. “In the fortnight since this initiative began, Parliament’s catering team has really ramped up their efforts to get meals ready and meet the demand from charitable organisations supporting our most vulnerable community members,” Legislative Council President Shaun Leane said. Under this initiative the Victorian Parliament is partnering with The Salvation Army, The Lazarus Centre, St Peter’s Eastern Hill Anglican Church, Heaven at the Hill social enterprise, the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, Melbourne City Mission, St Vincent de Paul Society and St Mary’s House of Welcome. “The Speaker and I were keen to support the organisations that are doing such great work in our community during this emergency. Providing meals through the Parliament House kitchens was a practical way of helping these charities and the people they assist,” Mr Leane said. Five parliamentary catering staff have been supplemented by our regular agency staff to provide continuing work for them in the Parliament House kitchens. Cleaning contractors have also been able to get additional work and local suppliers are being used. “The cancellation of scheduled activities and events due to COVID-19 has resulted in Parliament saving funds this financial year so we have re-invested some of this funding in the meals initiative,” Legislative Assembly Speaker Colin Brooks said. “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to this partnership with charitable organisations, and everyone working on it is extremely proud of what they are achieving,” Mr Brooks said. Crown Resorts donated nine tonnes of food to the meals program. Other Australian parliaments and a local council have approached the Victorian Parliament to find out how to set up something similar, with the South Australian Parliament last week joining in. “It’s a wonderful example of the community working together to support people who are facing hardship during this emergency,” Mr Leane said. “We’re glad to have started this initiative in partnership with a range of charities and it’s good to see that it’s inspiring others to get involved,” Mr Brooks added.

Thousands of meals per week in Victorian Parliament’s partnership with charities

The total number of meals prepared in the Parliament House kitchens for people most in need during the COVID-19 emergency has increased to several thousand per week. “In the fortnight since this initiative began, Parliament’s catering team has really ramped up their efforts to get meals ready and meet the demand from charitable organisations supporting our most vulnerable community members,” Legislative Council President Shaun Leane said. Under this initiative the Victorian Parliament is partnering with The Salvation Army, The Lazarus Centre, St Peter’s Eastern Hill Anglican Church, Heaven at the Hill social enterprise, the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, Melbourne City Mission, St Vincent de Paul Society and St Mary’s House of Welcome. “The Speaker and I were keen to support the organisations that are doing such great work in our community during this emergency. Providing meals through the Parliament House kitchens was a practical way of helping these charities and the people they assist,” Mr Leane said. Five parliamentary catering staff have been supplemented by our regular agency staff to provide continuing work for them in the Parliament House kitchens. Cleaning contractors have also been able to get additional work and local suppliers are being used. “The cancellation of scheduled activities and events due to COVID-19 has resulted in Parliament saving funds this financial year so we have re-invested some of this funding in the meals initiative,” Legislative Assembly Speaker Colin Brooks said. “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to this partnership with charitable organisations, and everyone working on it is extremely proud of what they are achieving,” Mr Brooks said. Crown Resorts donated nine tonnes of food to the meals program. Other Australian parliaments and a local council have approached the Victorian Parliament to find out how to set up something similar, with the South Australian Parliament last week joining in. “It’s a wonderful example of the community working together to support people who are facing hardship during this emergency,” Mr Leane said. “We’re glad to have started this initiative in partnership with a range of charities and it’s good to see that it’s inspiring others to get involved,” Mr Brooks added.

Bringing the Legislative Council into the 21st Century

For the last 17 years, the Legislative Assembly has allowed infants into the chamber so that their parents can look after them. MPs are people too and some of us have young kids and nobody should be punished for being a parent. That's why, as President, I made a ruling in the Council to let infants into the chamber, to make life easier for working parents and their families. [video width="640" height="360" mp4="http://www.shaunleanemp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/86769011_2748117971891652_750384505849398820_n.mp4"][/video]

Bringing the Legislative Council into the 21st Century

For the last 17 years, the Legislative Assembly has allowed infants into the chamber so that their parents can look after them. MPs are people too and some of us have young kids and nobody should be punished for being a parent. That's why, as President, I made a ruling in the Council to let infants into the chamber, to make life easier for working parents and their families. [video width="640" height="360" mp4="http://www.shaunleanemp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/86769011_2748117971891652_750384505849398820_n.mp4"][/video]

MAKING EASTERN METROPOLITAN SCHOOLS MORE INCLUSIVE

MAKING EASTERN METROPOLITAN SCHOOLS MORE INCLUSIVE The Andrews Labor Government is helping make Aurora School a more inclusive school for local students and families. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region today announced that Bryant Aslop Pty Ltd has been appointed to design the school’s $200 000 Inclusive Schools Fund project. The funding boost will go towards an accessible playground. An additional $10 million was announced in the 2019-2020 State Budget, as part of the Labor Government’s $40 million Inclusive Schools Fund. The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities and additional needs get the same opportunities as other students. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015 more than 232 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces, outdoor sensory areas and accessible playgrounds have been announced. The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system. Quotes attributable to Shaun Leane MP “This is great news for Aurora School students, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.”  “Disability doesn’t need to be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.”

MAKING EASTERN METROPOLITAN SCHOOLS MORE INCLUSIVE

MAKING EASTERN METROPOLITAN SCHOOLS MORE INCLUSIVE The Andrews Labor Government is helping make Aurora School a more inclusive school for local students and families. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region today announced that Bryant Aslop Pty Ltd has been appointed to design the school’s $200 000 Inclusive Schools Fund project. The funding boost will go towards an accessible playground. An additional $10 million was announced in the 2019-2020 State Budget, as part of the Labor Government’s $40 million Inclusive Schools Fund. The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities and additional needs get the same opportunities as other students. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015 more than 232 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces, outdoor sensory areas and accessible playgrounds have been announced. The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system. Quotes attributable to Shaun Leane MP “This is great news for Aurora School students, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.”  “Disability doesn’t need to be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.”

MORE SUPPORT TO MAKE EASTERN METROPOLITAN SCHOOLS INCLUSIVE FOR ALL

Schools in Eastern Metropolitan Region have received grants to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas, in extra support for students with disabilities and additional needs thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a further 51 projects across the state will be funded from the additional $10 million announced in this year’s budget, as part of the Labor Government’s $40 million Inclusive Schools Fund. The following projects have been funded in Eastern Metropolitan Region: An accessible playground at Aurora School Improving play spaces at Eastern Ranges School These are just some of the many innovative ideas included under the grants, which in this round will fund ideas such as accessible kitchen gardens, wheelchair friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, a bush playground and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces. The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities and additional needs get the same opportunities as other students. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015 more than 232 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces, outdoor sensory areas and accessible playgrounds have been announced. The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential – regardless of their background or circumstances.” “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background or educational needs.” Quotes attributable to Hon. Shaun Leane MP, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region “This is great news for Eastern Metropolitan Region students, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.”  “Disability doesn’t need to be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.”

MORE SUPPORT TO MAKE EASTERN METROPOLITAN SCHOOLS INCLUSIVE FOR ALL

Schools in Eastern Metropolitan Region have received grants to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas, in extra support for students with disabilities and additional needs thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a further 51 projects across the state will be funded from the additional $10 million announced in this year’s budget, as part of the Labor Government’s $40 million Inclusive Schools Fund. The following projects have been funded in Eastern Metropolitan Region: An accessible playground at Aurora School Improving play spaces at Eastern Ranges School These are just some of the many innovative ideas included under the grants, which in this round will fund ideas such as accessible kitchen gardens, wheelchair friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, a bush playground and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces. The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities and additional needs get the same opportunities as other students. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015 more than 232 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces, outdoor sensory areas and accessible playgrounds have been announced. The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential – regardless of their background or circumstances.” “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background or educational needs.” Quotes attributable to Hon. Shaun Leane MP, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region “This is great news for Eastern Metropolitan Region students, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.”  “Disability doesn’t need to be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.”

BAG BAN BEGINS IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

The Victorian Government has delivered on its promise to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags in Victoria to reduce plastic pollution and help protect the environment. The ban will apply from 1 November bags being provided at point of sale by all retailers, including supermarkets, fashion boutiques, fast food outlets, convenience stores, and service stations and more. The ban includes all lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less and includes bags made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic. The Victorian Government has listened to the community and the overwhelming number of responses during community consultation relating to the impacts of plastic on our environment and in support for a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags. Information about the bag ban has been made available for retailers, suppliers, local councils and community through media, websites, hotline services and visits to retail precincts across Victoria. The Victorian Government is taking action to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our environment and is including a plan to tackle plastic pollution within Victoria’s circular economy policy and action plan. Plastics in the environment break up into smaller and smaller pieces over time, becoming increasingly difficult to manage. They can end up in our waterways, lakes and oceans — contributing to litter and posing a significant hazard to our marine life and contaminating our recycling systems. For more information on the banning of lightweight plastic shopping bags visit: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/sustainability/plastic-pollution Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “Plastic pollution is an urgent environmental problem - the actions we take now will ensure Victoria has a clean and bright future.” “Everyone can do their bit to help reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our local environment and remembering to take reusable bags when shopping is a small but important step in the right direction.” “We are working to clean up our environment and improve our recycling system.”

BAG BAN BEGINS IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

The Victorian Government has delivered on its promise to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags in Victoria to reduce plastic pollution and help protect the environment. The ban will apply from 1 November bags being provided at point of sale by all retailers, including supermarkets, fashion boutiques, fast food outlets, convenience stores, and service stations and more. The ban includes all lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less and includes bags made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic. The Victorian Government has listened to the community and the overwhelming number of responses during community consultation relating to the impacts of plastic on our environment and in support for a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags. Information about the bag ban has been made available for retailers, suppliers, local councils and community through media, websites, hotline services and visits to retail precincts across Victoria. The Victorian Government is taking action to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our environment and is including a plan to tackle plastic pollution within Victoria’s circular economy policy and action plan. Plastics in the environment break up into smaller and smaller pieces over time, becoming increasingly difficult to manage. They can end up in our waterways, lakes and oceans — contributing to litter and posing a significant hazard to our marine life and contaminating our recycling systems. For more information on the banning of lightweight plastic shopping bags visit: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/sustainability/plastic-pollution Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “Plastic pollution is an urgent environmental problem - the actions we take now will ensure Victoria has a clean and bright future.” “Everyone can do their bit to help reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our local environment and remembering to take reusable bags when shopping is a small but important step in the right direction.” “We are working to clean up our environment and improve our recycling system.”

Campaigns

NEW 24 HOUR AMBULANCE SITE IN MOUNT WAVERLEY

The Andrews Labor Government is currently building a brand new, cutting edge ambulance station in Mount Waverley.

The Andrews Labor Government is Upgrading Jubilee Park in Ringwood

Jubilee Park in Ringwood will share in the biggest investment in women's and community sport in Victoria's history with a substantial extension and upgrade to the Pavilion overlooking the Russell Lucas Oval. The Andrews Labor Government will contribute $ 2 million towards the Maroondah City Council’s upgrade of the pavilion, including two new change rooms, refurbishment of the existing change rooms, umpires rooms and a new first aid rooms, providing first class facilities for players and spectators. The facility is home to the Ringwood Cricket Club, Ringwood Football Club, and the Ringwood Spiders All Abilities Sports Club and is the premier cricket ground in the region. The project will see a first floor extension will be added to the pavilion with designated office space for each of the three clubs and for Cricket Victoria’s Eastern Metro Zone headquarters. Cricket Victoria CEO, Andrew Ingleton  “Cricket Victoria welcomes the $2 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to get work underway on the latest stage of the redevelopment of Jubilee Park.” “The new pavilion will cement the precinct as an important centre for cricket in Melbourne’s east, hosting men’s and women’s Premier Cricket, junior boys and girls and cricketers of all-abilities, supporting our vision to truly be a ‘sport for all’.

The Andrews Labor Government is Upgrading Jubilee Park in Ringwood

Jubilee Park in Ringwood will share in the biggest investment in women's and community sport in Victoria's history with a substantial extension and upgrade to the Pavilion overlooking the Russell Lucas Oval. The Andrews Labor Government will contribute $ 2 million towards the Maroondah City Council’s upgrade of the pavilion, including two new change rooms, refurbishment of the existing change rooms, umpires rooms and a new first aid rooms, providing first class facilities for players and spectators. The facility is home to the Ringwood Cricket Club, Ringwood Football Club, and the Ringwood Spiders All Abilities Sports Club and is the premier cricket ground in the region. The project will see a first floor extension will be added to the pavilion with designated office space for each of the three clubs and for Cricket Victoria’s Eastern Metro Zone headquarters. Cricket Victoria CEO, Andrew Ingleton  “Cricket Victoria welcomes the $2 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to get work underway on the latest stage of the redevelopment of Jubilee Park.” “The new pavilion will cement the precinct as an important centre for cricket in Melbourne’s east, hosting men’s and women’s Premier Cricket, junior boys and girls and cricketers of all-abilities, supporting our vision to truly be a ‘sport for all’.

Eastern Metro Says NO To Family Violence

Do you want to join the campaign that is saying no to family violence in the Eastern Metropolitan Region?

North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

In December the Premier announced that the Andrews Labor Government would build the missing link in our road network - the North East Link. The North East Link will finally join-up our freeway network, connecting our growing suburbs in the north, east, and south-east, and providing a direct route from the east to the airport. It will carry 100,000 cars a day, relieving congested freeways, slashing traffic in the north and east, and taking thousands of trucks off local roads. This will mean less time in traffic, and more time with friends and family in the north, south, and east, while the Western Distributor busts congestion in the west. Planning will get underway immediately, with $35 million to kick-start work spearheaded by a new expert North East Link Authority. The business case, including determining the right route for the road, will be developed by 2018, and the planning and procurement processes will begin that year. Extensive technical, environmental and social investigations will determine the best route for the project, with a key focus on protecting existing urban areas and minimising environmental impacts. Unlike the previous-Liberal Government who rushed through a botched project, we won't sign contracts before the next election. We'll do the work properly, and ensure that the Victorian people can have a say on Victoria's biggest road project. Contracts will only be signed, and construction started, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government following the November 2018 election. The North East Link has been spoken about for decades, but always put in the too-hard basket. Infrastructure Victoria have identified it as the most important new project in our transport network. It's the logical next step in this Government's rebuilding of our road and rail network. The Andrews Labor Government will get it done. Project benefits • Completes the vital missing link in Melbourne’s metropolitan ring road. • Provides a safe and efficient freeway connection for more than 100,000 vehicles per day, slashing travel times and halting rat-runs through congested north-south links including Fitzsimmons Lane, Greensborough Highway, Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna Road, Doncaster Road, Springvale Road and through Warrandyte. • Provides quick and easy access for freight to move between industrial areas around Ringwood, Dandenong, Sunshine, East Werribee and Latrobe and Melbourne Airport. • Improves access for millions of people to jobs and services located in Melbourne’s north and south-east, including hospitals, education and sporting facilities. • Creates thousands of jobs during planning, construction and early operation. • Protects urban areas and environmental assets through tunnelling. For more information and to stay up to date visit www.northeastlink.vic.gov.au Map copyright to North East Link Authority.

North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

In December the Premier announced that the Andrews Labor Government would build the missing link in our road network - the North East Link. The North East Link will finally join-up our freeway network, connecting our growing suburbs in the north, east, and south-east, and providing a direct route from the east to the airport. It will carry 100,000 cars a day, relieving congested freeways, slashing traffic in the north and east, and taking thousands of trucks off local roads. This will mean less time in traffic, and more time with friends and family in the north, south, and east, while the Western Distributor busts congestion in the west. Planning will get underway immediately, with $35 million to kick-start work spearheaded by a new expert North East Link Authority. The business case, including determining the right route for the road, will be developed by 2018, and the planning and procurement processes will begin that year. Extensive technical, environmental and social investigations will determine the best route for the project, with a key focus on protecting existing urban areas and minimising environmental impacts. Unlike the previous-Liberal Government who rushed through a botched project, we won't sign contracts before the next election. We'll do the work properly, and ensure that the Victorian people can have a say on Victoria's biggest road project. Contracts will only be signed, and construction started, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government following the November 2018 election. The North East Link has been spoken about for decades, but always put in the too-hard basket. Infrastructure Victoria have identified it as the most important new project in our transport network. It's the logical next step in this Government's rebuilding of our road and rail network. The Andrews Labor Government will get it done. Project benefits • Completes the vital missing link in Melbourne’s metropolitan ring road. • Provides a safe and efficient freeway connection for more than 100,000 vehicles per day, slashing travel times and halting rat-runs through congested north-south links including Fitzsimmons Lane, Greensborough Highway, Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna Road, Doncaster Road, Springvale Road and through Warrandyte. • Provides quick and easy access for freight to move between industrial areas around Ringwood, Dandenong, Sunshine, East Werribee and Latrobe and Melbourne Airport. • Improves access for millions of people to jobs and services located in Melbourne’s north and south-east, including hospitals, education and sporting facilities. • Creates thousands of jobs during planning, construction and early operation. • Protects urban areas and environmental assets through tunnelling. For more information and to stay up to date visit www.northeastlink.vic.gov.au Map copyright to North East Link Authority.

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

On Monday 12 December Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan, was one of the first passengers to catch a train from the brand new Bayswater Station as it travelled UNDER Mountain Highway! The Mountain Highway bridge is also now open to traffic as works continue on landscaping, carparking etc for several more months. Full details of ongoing works and disruptions are available at www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. This project is being delivered by an alliance consisting of Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and AECOM, together with the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads and Metro Trains. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2017 with carparking, landscaping and station works continuing once the crossing . The new Bayswater station and wider pedestrian footpath along Mountain Highway will help improve the way people move in and around these two busy roads and shopping strip. It will be safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The removal of the two level crossings and building the new station is a great opportunity to develop Bayswater, and I’d encourage the community to support local businesses during construction.

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

On Monday 12 December Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan, was one of the first passengers to catch a train from the brand new Bayswater Station as it travelled UNDER Mountain Highway! The Mountain Highway bridge is also now open to traffic as works continue on landscaping, carparking etc for several more months. Full details of ongoing works and disruptions are available at www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. This project is being delivered by an alliance consisting of Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and AECOM, together with the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads and Metro Trains. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2017 with carparking, landscaping and station works continuing once the crossing . The new Bayswater station and wider pedestrian footpath along Mountain Highway will help improve the way people move in and around these two busy roads and shopping strip. It will be safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The removal of the two level crossings and building the new station is a great opportunity to develop Bayswater, and I’d encourage the community to support local businesses during construction.

The Eastern Health Breast & Cancer Centre Is Now Taking Patients At Maroondah Hospital

Around 25,000 women will be able to receive breast cancer treatment closer to home with a new one-stop shop for breast cancer screening and treatment co-located at Maroondah Hospital. The new Centre features: An additional mammography screening room, to see an extra 5520 women each year Allied health rooms providing for an extra 7200 patients each year Consulting rooms, where medical professionals can see an extra 12,800 patients each year A Breast Nurse consulting room that will support an additional 2400 patients each year The Centre has two ultrasound rooms which will be able to conduct guided biopsies, and four medical imaging reading rooms – which will ensure that women will receive quicker diagnosis, and quicker treatment. Services and treatment will be better co-ordinated, with co-located multidisciplinary teams able to meet regularly at the Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre to present patient cases and share best practices. “The Andrews Government promised the women of the eastern suburbs their own dedicated breast cancer centre, and we’re getting it done.” said Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy.  

The Eastern Health Breast & Cancer Centre Is Now Taking Patients At Maroondah Hospital

Around 25,000 women will be able to receive breast cancer treatment closer to home with a new one-stop shop for breast cancer screening and treatment co-located at Maroondah Hospital. The new Centre features: An additional mammography screening room, to see an extra 5520 women each year Allied health rooms providing for an extra 7200 patients each year Consulting rooms, where medical professionals can see an extra 12,800 patients each year A Breast Nurse consulting room that will support an additional 2400 patients each year The Centre has two ultrasound rooms which will be able to conduct guided biopsies, and four medical imaging reading rooms – which will ensure that women will receive quicker diagnosis, and quicker treatment. Services and treatment will be better co-ordinated, with co-located multidisciplinary teams able to meet regularly at the Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre to present patient cases and share best practices. “The Andrews Government promised the women of the eastern suburbs their own dedicated breast cancer centre, and we’re getting it done.” said Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy.