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Grants to support people affected by cancer

People affected by cancer will benefit from new grants from the Australian Government aimed at improving access to evidence based cancer information and support.

The Supporting people with cancer grant initiative, administered through Cancer Australia, provides community organisations with grants of up to $88,000 over two years to support projects aimed at reducing the burden of cancer in our community.

Six grants have been awarded in 2014, to strengthen support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, regional and rural communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and people who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

“These grants demonstrate the commitment of the Australian Government to improving cancer care for all Australians, particularly for people with poorer cancer outcomes.” Cancer Australia CEO, Professor Helen Zorbas said.

The co-founding model will result in $1.096 million towards the provision of evidence-based information and support available to people affected by cancer.

The 2014 round has provided funding to the following projects:

  • An Indigenous-led cancer advocacy program to support Indigenous consumers to advocate for the cancer care needs of their communities. Menzies School of Health Research Northern Territory.
  • A mobile app to assist patients with rare cancers to develop questions and record answers during their consultations with clinicians. Rare Cancers Australia Ltd. New South Wales.
  • A national phone line to provide financial counselling, the development of online resources and the delivery of community education forums for families affected by childhood and adolescent young adult cancer. Kildonan Uniting Care, Victoria.
  • A program of community forums and online resources to increase awareness and access to existing services and information for rural and regional Australians with gastrointestinal cancers. GI Cancer Institute, New South Wales.
  • A suite of resources for cancer survivors returning to work, with an emphasis on disadvantaged communities. Flinders University, South Australia.
  • Culturally appropriate post-treatment survivorship information and support materials for diverse communities, including those from Vietnamese, Italian and Arabic-speaking backgrounds. Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre - Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victoria.

Since 2005, Cancer Australia has provided $5.98 million towards 86 grants nation-wide.