Australian Brain Cancer Mission partners with Carrie’s Beanies

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Announcement from the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health.

The Turnbull Government today welcomes the partnership between the $100 million Brain Cancer Mission and Carrie Bickmore’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer to fight brain cancer through medical research.

Under the partnership Carrie's Beanies 4 Brain Cancer will contribute $5 million over the next five years to support medical research into brain cancer under the Mission.The Australian Brain Cancer Mission aims to double survival rates and improve the quality of life of people living with brain cancer over the next 10 years, with the longer term aim of defeating brain cancer.

The Turnbull Government has committed to matching fundraising dollar for dollar, up to $5 million with funding supporting medical research under the Mission.

When we announced the Mission last year, the Government provided $50 million through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), combined with $10 million from the Minderoo Foundation’s Eliminate Cancer Initiative and a commitment of $20 million from Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

I welcome others to join with us and help make brain cancer history.

Brain cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer burden and the young are disproportionately affected by brain cancer, being the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for those under 25 years of age.

While patient care and support has improved, the five year relative survival rate for brain cancer remains much too low, at around 22 per cent.

The Australia Brain Cancer Mission seeks to coordinate national research, clinical and funding efforts to make a difference

A key objective of the Brain Cancer Mission is to ensure every patient, adult and child has the opportunity to participate in clinical trials.

This will be done by investing in more clinical trials, new discovery work, further international collaborations, and expanding research platforms and technologies, and fostering the talent of our researchers.

The Australian Brain Cancer Mission is a partnership between the Federal Government, philanthropists, medical experts, patients and their families.

In the long-term our goal is to defeat brain cancer through world-wide collaboration.

For more information about the Australian Brain Cancer Mission.