Gynaecological cancer centre – establishment

A new $1.0 million Centre for Gynaecological Cancer will be established within the Government’s national cancer agency, Cancer Australia.

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Why is this important?

  • More than 3,800 women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer in Australia each year.
  • As a group of cancers, gynaecological cancers are the third most common form of cancer for Australian women, and the fourth most common form of cancer mortality in Australian women.
  • The Government committed to the establishment of a Centre for Gynaecological Cancers as part of its response to the Senate Community Affairs Committee report on gynaecological cancer, Breaking the silence: a national voice for gynaecological cancers.
  • The Centre for Gynaecological Cancers will provide education and increased awareness among medical and allied health professionals about gynaecological cancers. It will operate under the auspices of Cancer Australia.

Who will benefit?

  • All women in Australia, including women with gynaecological cancers, and medical professionals in Australia, will benefit from the establishment and operation of the Centre for Gynaecological Cancers.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government is committing $1.0 million in seed funding to support the establishment and initial operations of the Centre for Gynaecological Cancers under the auspices of Cancer Australia.

What have we done in the past?

  • Through the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Commonwealth Government has spent $44.0 million from 2000 to 2006 on research into gynaecological cancers.
  • The National Breast Cancer Centre (NBCC) receives funding from the Government for breast and ovarian cancer programs. The Government has committed an additional $8.8 million over four years, from 2007-08, for the NBCC to continue these programs.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • The one-off seed funding for this initiative will be provided in 2006-07.

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