SAHMRI. Fighting for our lives.



SAHMRI 2 will expand our capacity to conduct ground-breaking research, and dramatically increase Australian patients’ access to the best cancer care. 

Proton therapy: New hope for cancer patients 

Proton therapy is a type of radiation treatment used to treat cancer. It is the most precise form of cancer treatment; it delivers radiation directly to the cancerous tissues, leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unaffected. 

This treatment is preferred for treating children with certain tumours because it lessens the chance of harming healthy, developing tissue. 

Proton therapy is currently unavailable in Australia. At present the Australian Government sends a small number of patients to America, Japan or Europe for proton therapy every year. 

This therapy is used to treat cancers such as: 

  • Central nervous system cancers 
  • Eye cancer 
  • Head and neck cancers 
  • Liver cancer 
  • Prostate cancer 
  • Noncancerous brain tumours 

The Proton Therapy Unit will also be a resource for our researchers as they continue to develop new ways to treat diseases.  

SAHMRI 2: the building facts 

The new SAHMRI 2 building will be made up of: 

  • the only Proton Therapy Unit in the Southern Hemisphere 
  • 14 floors totalling approximately 21,000 square metres 
  • 10 floors of dry lab space 
  • 10 clinical trial rooms 

Planning for our future 

The SAHMRI 2 project is still in development. We hope to open the doors to SAHMRI 2 in 2020.

You can't miss us

North Terrace
Adelaide 5000
South Australia

Postal address

PO Box 11060
Adelaide 5001
South Australia


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SAHMRI is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.

The SAHMRI community acknowledges and pays respect to the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region. We also acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and the relationship of the Kaurna people to their country. We pay our respects to the Kaurna peoples' ancestors and the living Kaurna people today.