Australian Government Gives Cancer Treatment Projects $12M

June 12, 2020 Updated: June 12, 2020

The Morrison government is providing more than $3.5 million to the Cancer Council NSW to research what demand for cancer treatment will look like over the next five years.

It is one of six projects researching five-year patterns in cancer incidence that will share around $12 million through the government’s Medical Research Future Fund.

“Health system costs for cancer are escalating as the population ages and new high-cost technologies are developed,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement.

“Predicting changes in cancer trends will be critical to ensuring treatments are based on the best evidence, are targeted to the individual patient, and are available where and when needed.”


* University of Melbourne – $2.3 million – To help predict the impact of current and new cancer treatments.

* Monash University – $459,000 – Epidemiological modelling to deliver better care for patients with myeloma.

* Australian National University – $2.2 million – Tools to value health change in paediatric populations.

* University of Melbourne – $2.3 million – Measuring and valuing changes in child health.

* University of Sydney – $1.4 million – Evidence on the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of digital breast tomosynthesis in identifying breast cancer.

Colin Brinsden