BreastScreen Victoria today celebrates a major milestone with the opening of the program’s 40th permanent clinic in Sunbury officially opened by the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services.
From humble beginnings in 1987 at Essendon Hospital, the BreastScreen Victoria program continues to expand, with 27 regional sites visited by the Mobile Screening Service in addition to the permanent clinics.
BreastScreen Victoria CEO, Vicki Pridmore said that the opening of the Sunbury clinic is a significant moment in the program’s history.
“BreastScreen Victoria is on track to provide 246,000 free breast screens to women this year,” said Ms Pridmore. “With the support of the State Government this number has grown each year over the last decade.”
The BreastScreen Victoria Screening Service in Sunbury is provided by Lake Imaging.
The new facility, located on Horne Street, will provide women from Sunbury and its surrounds including Gisborne, Kyneton and Sunbury with a free breast screening service year round. It’s a move which will allow more women to prioritise their wellbeing and book a breast screen at a time that suits them.
Traditionally, BreastScreen Victoria has been well-supported by local women with participation data averaging 57.5% across Gisborne, Kyneton and Sunbury – above the state average of 56%.
The Mobile Screening Service, which previously visited Gisborne, Kyneton and Sunbury will be redeployed to other regional communities across Victoria, ensuring that women across the state have access to this potentially life-saving preventative health measure.
Ms Hennessy said that the new state-of-the-art facility, customised for BreastScreen Victoria with the latest digital imaging technology will provide a vital service to an area that is a key growth corridor.
“Today’s opening serves as a reminder that a breast screen is an essential element of preventative health for women over 50,” said Ms Hennessy.
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in Victoria, and we know that early diagnosis is the key to survival.
“If you are between the ages of 50 and 74, make a breast screen every two years a priority,” Ms Hennessy concluded.
Women are reminded that bookings can be made with ease via the website – breastscreen.org.au or by calling 13 20 50.