WITH a professed “soft spot” for regional areas, Cancer Council NSW’s new chief executive officer Regina Sutton has promised they will be a focus of the organisation while she is at the helm.
Ms Sutton was in Tamworth yesterday as part of a tour of regional centres, which she committed the first 90 days of her tenure to undertaking, to get a better understanding of the needs and issues in these areas.
In her new role at Cancer Council NSW, Ms Sutton hopes to improve access to cancer services and treatment in rural and regional NSW.
She told The Leader she wanted a person’s location to no longer be a disadvantage when they received a cancer diagnosis and she would “raise as much money” as she could to bridge the divide between regional andmetropolitan areas.
In Tamworth, Cancer Council NSW has funded the manager of the patient accommodation centre Inala House – the first time the organisation has taken on the management of such a facility.
“It’s a model for us that we’ll be closely monitoring to see if it’s something we want to take into other areas,” Ms Sutton said.
She also hopes that with her teams across the state, the organisation will be able to come up with innovative ways to support cancer patients and the community.
This could include smaller, more community-based projects inregional areas.
She said Cancer Council NSW was funded entirely by private donation, so it was important that when money was raised in a community it could be returned in valuable ways.
Ms Sutton plans to incorporate the information she receives on this tour into the Cancer Council NSW’s strategic plan, which will be re-examined in February.
CLOSING THE GAP: Regional areas will be a focus for new Cancer Council NSW chief executive officer Regina Sutton, who hopes to improve access to cancer treatment and services. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 221112GOB01
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