$5m boost in the fight against kids brain cancer

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has announced an incredible $5 million funding boost to the Zero Childhood Cancer Program—the first instalment of the Australian Government's Brain Cancer Mission.

The Zero Childhood Cancer Program is a national initiative led by clinicians and researchers of Children’s Cancer Institute and The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network through the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Zero Childhood Cancer is one of the most exciting childhood cancer research initiatives ever undertaken in Australia, giving children with brain cancer unprecedented access to personalised cancer therapy. This involves developing treatment plans tailored to each child’s cancer using their cancer’s own genetic characteristics and individual response to anti-cancer drugs. 

The new $5 million funding boost will bring together a national network of hospitals, research centres and clinicians. With all eight children’s hospitals now participating in the program, all Australian children with high-risk brain cancer will have access to the Zero Childhood Cancer testing platform. It is anticipated that more than 200 children with high-risk brain cancer will be able to participate in the Zero Childhood Cancer national clinical trial over the life of the program.

The Zero Childhood Cancer program will be offered nationally through The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and John Hunter Children’s Hospital in New South Wales, as well as Perth Children’s Hospital, Women and Children’s Hospital in South Australia, Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital in Victoria and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Queensland.

The Australian Government's Brain Cancer Mission, a $100 million fund for brain cancer research over the next 10 years, is a partnership between the Turnbull Government, philanthropists, researchers and clinicians, patients and their families. The mission aims to double survival rates and improve the quality of life for young patients, and ultimately we hope this will be a huge step towards one day defeating childhood brain cancer for good.  

Listen to Professor David Zeigler from the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, talk about the Zero Childhood Cancer initiative with Children’s Cancer Institute.