Friday 15 June 2018

Bass Coast Health’s (BCH) Wonthaggi Hospital recently commenced its journey delivering specialist Cancer services for the Bass Coast region with its very first patient attending consulting services with BCH’s new Oncologist.  These consultation services herald the start of our local cancer services available locally.


Oncologist, Dr. Mahesh Iddawela is a highly experienced Oncologist who has worked in a number of rural, regional and metropolitan services.  He is a researcher at Monash University involved in both local and international research groups to further improve cancer treatments and outcomes.  Based in Melbourne and Traralgon, Dr. Iddawela’s close links with other hospitals will provide enhanced coordinated care for patients, and the BCH service will aim to facilitate local treatment to reduce the burden of travel where possible.   


“The service is timely, given that cancer rates are increasing in Wonthaggi and Phillip Island.  This will mean that people within Bass Coast will travel less and be able to have investigations, and eventually treatments closer to their home”.


Dr. Iddawela expressed his excitement to have joined Bass Coast to support the development of Cancer services saying, “These consultations are an exciting starting point for developing BCH’s comprehensive cancer service for the area”.


Consultations for Dr. Iddawela are available at Wonthaggi Hospital every second Tuesday morning and BCH’s Phillip Island Health Hub every second Tuesday afternoon.  Consultations will increase as demand increases.  Referrals from the patients local GP is required and should be faxed to 5671 3319. Appointments can be made by phoning 5671 3353.

Pictured: Dr. Mahesh Iddawela consults with Brenda Rosser, his first patient at BCH.