MEDIA RELEASE | Tuesday 21 August 2018
The State Government has told stakeholders it intends to remove around 40 scientists at the SA Centre of Cancer Biology from their positions, which are responsible for diagnosing cancer and running key clinical trials.
Professionals Australia which represents the scientists, says the removal of these scientists at the Centre puts in jeopardy patient care, diagnosis and the trials which for many are offer a last hope of survival.
The work carried out at the Centre is reliant on the combination of clinical and data resources available through Central Adelaide Local Health Network and the research and education available through the University and an Alliance attracts the funding for their work – much of which is non-government funding.
“Funding for this work is tied to the current Alliance and when that Alliance is re-written as proposed by the Government, the non-government funding tied to the position will be removed,” said Professionals Australia South Australian Director Sarah Andrews.
“Without this funding, scientists are at risk of losing their jobs and patients are at risk of delayed diagnosis and treatment.
“We’re calling on the State Government and University of South Australia to reinstate the scientists at the Centre.
“The Centre for Cancer Biology is absolutely critical to patient care, diagnosis and important clinical trials – it is internationally renowned for its work.
“The Centre is reliant on funding in order to provide life-saving treatment to very sick South Australians. The government’s decision to rewrite the Alliance will put at risk the very funding needed to provide this treatment.”
Ms Andrews said the current Alliance has been extremely successful and there is no reason the Government and the University can’t agree to a continuation.
“Instead of investing in this successful Alliance, the Government and University have removed leaders putting at risk critical funding.
“In the interest of patient care, jobs, education and funding, the Government needs to show its commitment to the continuation of the current Alliance, not rewrite it at the cost of key non-government funding.”
Media contact: Tim O’Halloran 0409 059 617