Labor should support new surgery technique to reduce wait lists.

18 October 2023

Labor should support new surgery technique to reduce wait lists.

Member for South-West Coast, Roma Britnell, has today called on the Labor Government to support a local innovation which could help reduce Victoria’s hospital wait lists.
Dr Philip Gan, a talented South-West Coast specialist and leading surgeon, has development a technique which minimises the invasiveness and trauma of surgery.
Patents have been granted globally for Dr Gan’s advanced keyhole laparoscopic device, the LiVac retractor, which helps patients recover as painlessly and as quickly as possible from gastrointestinal surgery.
This device has full worldwide approval, including by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and is currently in use in the United States, Asia and European Union, being used on thousands of patients with no adverse events reported.
This represents a manufacturing opportunity for Victoria, however Dr Gan was overlooked for funding from the Labor Government’s innovation initiative, Breakthrough Victoria.
Member for South-West Coast, Roma Britnell, said: “This is a great opportunity for our state and could easily be missed. I call on Breakthrough Victoria to revisit Dr Gan’s application, or for the Labor Government to support further development directly.
“This technique could reduce time spent in hospital by up to half in many cases, freeing up healthcare workers, beds, and putting downward pressure on Victoria’s crushing hospital wait list times.”

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Roma Britnell MP
Member for South West Coast
Shadow Minister for Ports and Freight
Shadow Minister for Child Protection
Shadow Minister for Boating and Fishing

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