Increased Support for Young People Living With Cancer

Increased Support for Young People Living With Cancer

03 May 2013

Young people who are diagnosed with cancer will be better able to get the care and support they need under a Gillard Government funding boost.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek today announced the government was providing an additional $18.3 million over four years for Youth Cancer Networks around Australia building on $15 million already provided for the networks.

Speaking at the opening of a $1.2 million youth cancer facility at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital funded under the Youth Cancer Networks program, Ms Plibersek said the unique service-providers support and care for young people aged 12-24 years living with cancer.

Being diagnosed with cancer is a traumatic experience, particularly for people who are young and otherwise healthy, said Ms Plibersek.

However, the pressures and needs for young people with cancer and sometimes not met through the existing models of paediatric and adult care.

Youth Cancer Networks address this gap by providing a national network of service hubs to help identify, inform, assess and coordinate care for young people with cancer.

The funding, provided through the cancer support organisation, CanTeen, will help to ensure a national, coordinated approach to youth cancer care and support.

Cancer services for young people across Australia will be better linked and supported, Ms Plibersek said.

Young people will get multidisciplinary care and treatment, and they will have access to consistent best-practice information and have social and emotional support.

The funding consolidates and extends an existing investment in youth cancer made through the Youth Cancer Networks program and will make a real difference to young people living with the trauma and turmoil of cancer.