Genesis Cancer Care Western Australia was originally established in the 1970s as Perth Radiation Oncology, by partners John Holt, Alan Nelson Peter Leckie and John Shepherd. The department's initial offerings were in the form of superficial x-ray treatment (SXRT) at a location on St George's terrace, the main street in the city of Perth, Western Australia.
Rapid growth led to expansion of the business and a move to SJOG Hospital Subiaco and then McCourt street, before the purchase of 24 Salvado road, Wembley in the late 1970s, where the business currently still operates as Perth Radiation Oncology. Cobalt machines were added to the treatment options during this time and the first privately operated linear accelerator in Australia was commissionedin the early 1980s.
After Barry Cassidy joined the practice in 1982, Chris Harper arrived in 1991, and the business soon outgrew its original dwelling, resulting in a new building being constructed and completed in 2005.
In 1996, in what was to be a transforming event for Western Australian health, an agreement was signed with Royal Perth Hospital to contract out its in-house radiation oncology service to Perth Radiation Oncology. This resulted in the redevelopment of the radiation oncology department at RPH into a modern facility, with new bunkers, simulator area, TBI room, and clinic spaces. The practice installed a full suite of new modern equipment with DMLA linacs, CT simulation capability, New Treatment Planning System and High Dose Rate Brachytherapy for Gynaecological cancer.
The expansion of the service at RPH significantly enhanced both the RPH oncology service profile, as well as the Wembley Practice profile.
RPH being designated the State Bone Marrow transplant center with TBI service, for adults, being provided at RPH by PRO. PRO now had two fully capitalised modern radiation oncology services operating across the Private sector and the public sector, with PRO operating 5/8 of the Western Australia's linear accelerators (2 Linear accelerators at RPH, and 3 at Wembley).
In 2011, Genesis Care was appointed by the Western Australian Department of Health as the radiation oncology provider for the South West Health Campus in Bunbury, Royal Perth Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital (due to open in 2015). The acquisition of Perth Radiation Oncology combined with this introduction and expansion of services to see Genesis Cancer Care Western Australia servicing Perth's CBD, North, South and Western areas.
In early 2013, Shenton House in Joondalup opened as the first integrated state of the art regional healthcare facility combining cancer, heart and sleep treatments. This is the latest Genesis Care facility in Western Australia to utilise the clinical and operational linkages that are available through the Genesis Cancer Care network.