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Tuesday, 5 October 2004

New MRI Machine For Sydney Children's Hospital

In the policy for Cancer Services announced by the Minister for Health and Aging, Mr Tony Abbott, Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick has been allocated a licence for a MRI machine. Currently the MRI machine available to Sydney Children's Hospital is operated by Prince of Wales Hospital and caters for three public hospitals, one private hospital as well as other referrals within the catchment area.

The Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation plays an active role in seeking community support for children's cancer services at the hospital. Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick is a Centre of Excellence for children's cancer and provides a totally comprehensive service. The Hospital is the national centre for Bone Marrow Transplantation, which includes the Australian Cord Blood Bank. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is vitally important in cancer diagnostics.

Mr Jack Ford, Chairman of the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation said, 'the announcement of the MRI license is an example of government meeting a vital need which would have taken years for the community to provide through fundraising.

Mr Malcolm Turnbull has been a long term passionate advocate for Sydney Children's Hospital and improvements in child health. The MRI license for Sydney Children's Hospital will benefit literally thousands of seriously ill children throughout NSW.'

For Further Information Contact:

Linda Davies, Communication Manager Tel: 9382 1188 - Mob: 0416260157

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