Brain cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer burden in Australia. The young are disproportionately affected by brain cancer, being the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for those under 25 years of age.
On 29 October 2017, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt, announced the Australian Brain Cancer Mission (the Mission).
The Mission has the goal of doubling survival rates and improving the quality of life of people living with brain cancer over the next decade to 2027, with the longer term aim of defeating brain cancer.
The total investment of $131.15m in the Mission has been achieved through $58.35m from the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund, and significant donations from funding partners Cure Brain Cancer Foundation ($20m), Minderoo Foundation's Eliminate Cancer Initiative ($10m), Carrie's Beanies 4 Brain Cancer ($5.4m), the Mark Hughes Foundation ($3m), the Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland ($10m), the State of Victoria ($2m), The Kids’ Cancer Project ($2.65m), the State of New South Wales ($7.5m), the Financial Markets Foundation for Children ($5m), the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation ($1.25m), ACT Health and Canberra Health Services ($3.95m) and the NeuroSurgical Research Foundation ($2m).
Implementation of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission will be coordinated and managed by Cancer Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.