The Children’s Cancer Foundation welcomes the $35 million committed to the Victorian Paediatric Cancer Consortium (VPCC)
The Children’s Cancer Foundation welcomes the $35 million committed to the Victorian Paediatric Cancer Consortium (VPCC) in the State Government Budget to fight children’s cancer.
Children’s Cancer Foundation Chairman, Jeremy Smith said research with scale and leverage is critical and this investment will allow the Foundation to build on the substantial momentum already developed to improve long-term outcomes for children with cancer.
“We are thrilled with this commitment from the State Government, which will enable us to tackle children’s cancer head on and establish Victoria as a global leader in childhood cancer research and clinical care.”
The $35m from the Victorian Government will be matched by an additional $10 million from the Children’s Cancer Foundation, to form a $45 million investment package to be rolled out over the next five years.
The $45 million will be spent on discovery research; clinical trials, survivorship research programs; enhanced biobanking resources; and dedicated childhood cancer physician and research training and grants.
Former Victorian member of parliament and Children’s Cancer Foundation Board member, Jaala Pulford, has experienced the profound, deep sadness of losing a child to cancer.
“We are working with world class medical researchers to take on children’s cancer through earlier diagnosis and better treatments – I am overjoyed to see this funding in the budget and know that it will lead to less heartbreak,” Jaala Pulford said.