Adelaide is planning the construction of Australia’s first and only proton therapy unit. The unit will treat about 800 patients a year, destroying cancer cells with radiation and avoiding causing damage to healthy tissues by delivering powerful proton beams precisely where needed. Site work on the SAHMRI 2 building is expected to start this year and be completed by 2022.
The Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research will be in a bunker, next to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute “cheesegrater” building on North Tce. SAHMRI has begun a training plan to prepare the future professionals, including clinicians from UniSA and the University of Adelaide, and is working with other global centres of excellence such as Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in the UK to develop the expertise required.