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 $105 million 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 Government will contribute $55 million under the Medical Research Future Fund and will seek contributions from philanthropy, other governments, industry and the private sector. The following funding partners are making significant contributions to the funding goal of $105 million: Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Minderoo Foundation's Eliminate Cancer Initiative, Carrie's Beanies 4 Brain Cancer and the Mark Hughes Foundation.
Implementation of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission will be coordinated and managed by Cancer Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.