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07
Sep
2017

Minister for Health chairs landmark meeting to urgently improve brain cancer survival

 
Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt MP

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation played a major role in helping to spark last month's landmark round-table, charied by Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, in which it urged the research community to work together on its plan to improve brain cancer survival from the current 20 per cent to 50 per cent by 2023.

Michelle Stewart, CEO of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation said, “We have worked long and hard for this moment, designing a research strategy to accelerate new, effective treatments to patients increasing awareness and advocating to Government and key opinion leaders, both in Australia and overseas. 

“This landmark round-table represents an incredibly important first step towards a plan being adopted, with a significant increase in survival being the only acceptable metric. Now is the time to bring all of this together and make it work for people with this terrible disease, young and old. We need to provide access to more treatment options very quickly.”


Michelle Stewart explains why last month's roundtable meeting was so important for the brain cancer community 

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt MP said, “This is an important discussion that will identify further research investment opportunities that can make an immediate and lasting impact on brain cancer survival rates.”

Victorian father, Dustin Perry, joined Michelle Stewart and Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Head of Engagement, Barrie Littlefield, at the meeting. Dustin has played a major advocacy role alongside Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, calling for brain cancer to receive greater focus, prioritisation, and funding since his nine-year-old daughter, Chloe, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013.

Dustin Perry and family

Dustin Perry commented, “People with brain cancer and their families need hope, and they need to see action. It’s not just about money, it’s about a coordinated approach with a clear survival objective. After speaking with the Minister for Health and the PM, I believe that they are both personally committed to this. I know that if we all pull together, we can beat brain cancer and give families like mine more hope and more options in the future.”

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation applauds the Minister for Health for his genuine interest in improving the situation for people living with brain cancer, and looks forward to working with him and the global brain cancer community to rapidly and meaningfully improve brain cancer survival in Australia and around the world.

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