Date published: 
25 October 2019
Media type: 
Media release
General public

The Morrison Government is investing $22 million for CanTeen to continue delivering cancer services for young people, as CanTeen marks National Bandanna Day.

Now in its 25th year, National Bandanna Day aims to raise awareness and support for young people living with cancer.

About 6,300 young people with cancer are expected to benefit from the Government’s continued investment in CanTeen’s Youth Cancer Services (YCS) program, with funding extended for four years from 2020–21.

In the four years to 2014, 4,843 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in young Australians aged 15-24, an average of more than two people per day. 

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said, “No young person deserves to go through cancer and that is why the Morrison Government is proud to continue its support for the YCS program.”

“The Program is tailored to meet young people’s unique health, social and emotional needs.”

The YCS program provides access to expert multidisciplinary teams which work together to plan and provide the best treatment, management and social and emotional support for a young person with cancer wherever they are.

Minister Hunt said, “It helps young people with cancer access clinical trials and link to appropriate community based support services following their treatment.” 

There are five state-wide YCS hubs based in major hospitals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, which work with a network of more than 25 hospitals and health services across Australia.

Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck said, “The service has been a resounding success.” 

“Up to 70 per cent of newly diagnosed adolescents and young adults with cancer are now being treated and supported through YCS.”

“Our Government’s investment will allow this valuable service to continue providing better cancer treatment for young people.”

The Morrison Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines and treatment, Medicare and hospitals.