The Federal Government has announced that Sydney will host a new centre of excellence to research and treat prostate cancer.


The centre will be Australia’s third Prostate Cancer Research Centre, located in the newly opwned  Kinghorn Cancer Centre at the St Vincent’s Research Precinct in Darlinghurst, Sydney.


Speaking at the opening of the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the new research facility will bring together both clinical and research expertise in a join initiative between the Garvan Institute, St Vincent’s and Mater Hospitals and the St Vincent’s Prostate Cancer Centre.


According to the Prime Minister, the new centre will be dedicated to improving diagnostic tests, screening tools and treatments for prostate cancer patients.


“Australia punches above its weight in cancer research. The third Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre will ensure that we continue to do so,” Ms Gillard said in a statement.


The centre will work closely with the two existing Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centres at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.