Patient Day for Lung and Ovarian Cancer Patients in Taree

Lung and ovarian cancer patients in Taree participated in a community organised event to provide support for these people and their loved ones, and raise awareness about the needs of cancer patients in rural areas.

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24 October 2016

Lung and ovarian cancer patients in Taree have today participated in a community organised event to provide support for these people and their loved ones, and raise awareness about the needs of cancer patients in rural areas.

Federal Assistant Minister for Rural Health and Lyne MP, Dr David Gillespie, today participated in the Taree Patient Day.

The Patient Day collaboration between oncology nurses in Taree and the not-for-profit community organisation, the Centre for Community Driven Research, provides patients, families and health professionals with the opportunity to come together and share information and their experiences with cancer.

“The dedicated oncology nurses in Taree, as well as the Centre for Community Driven Research, have done a fantastic job in putting this patient-centred day together,” Dr Gillespie said.

"Cancer is a disease that has devastating impacts on individuals, their families and friends and remains one of the leading causes of burden of disease in Australia.

“Tobacco smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable and premature death in this country – in 2012, over 10,000 Australians were diagnosed with lung cancer. Not to mention, that smoking imposes a heavy burden — with the most recent estimate stating that it cost the Australian community $31.5 billion each year.

“In 2016 we can expect that more than 1,400 Australian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer – however, in Australia we have some of the best cancer survival outcomes in the world.”

Minister Gillespie said the Coalition Government is resolute in its commitment to provide better health outcomes and to improve the quality of life for cancer patients.

“We have a range of measures in place to assist us in the fight against cancer, including working together with our state colleagues to reduce the daily smoking rate. We can also see that initiatives such as tobacco plain packaging and tobacco excise increases are having positive effects," Dr Gillespie said.

"However, one of greatest allies is our continued investment into cancer research.

“Research enables us to make those medical discoveries and breakthroughs in treatment options and increase the quality of life for cancer patients.

“Only through research are we able to make the effective translation of research into treatment and medicine on the ground, in our hospitals and GP practices,” Dr Gillespie said.

The Australian Government is the single biggest investor in cancer research in Australia with $2 billion provided to cancer research through the National Health and Medical Research Council since 2000.

The National Health and Medical Research Council has also provided $82.6 million for research related to ovarian cancer and $55.1 million for research related to lung cancer.

In addition to this, through the priority-driven collaborative cancer research scheme, Cancer Australia, in partnership with key stakeholders including the Government, provides funding grants into cancer research.

A total of 17 lung cancer research projects totalling more than $6.23 million have been funded to date, and a further 18 projects, totalling more than $8 million into ovarian cancer research, have been completed as of 2015.

For more information, contact the Minister's Office on (02) 6277 4960

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