The Victorian Coalition Government has committed $59.6 million over the next four years through the Victorian Cancer Agency to fund research into cancer, Health Minister David Davis announced today.
Mr Davis said the initiative would continue to support cancer research leading to improved cancer treatment in Victoria.
"The Victorian Cancer Agency provides a major co-ordinating role in cancer research in Victoria and this funding will ensure Victoria continues to progress vital work," Mr Davis said.
"Our initiative supports the activities of several cancer research and treatment facilities, including the $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre, Monash Comprehensive Cancer Consortium and the regional cancer centres.
"The funding will help to ensure these centres work together and maintain a state-wide focus."
Mr Davis said the Victorian Cancer Agency would support the development of the integrated cancer network that would be in place across the state by 2016.
He said the funding in this year's Budget would:
- improve cancer patient outcomes and experience by funding the translation of new research findings into clinical practice;
- build and develop a highly-skilled cancer research workforce, and attract and retain renowned clinicians and researchers;
- develop an integrated cancer research platform that builds on and links existing research infrastructure;
- improve research collaboration and integration across the Victorian cancer system;
- support the development of a strong research culture in health services, and focus scientific and clinical research on improvements in clinical practice; and
- build closer partnerships with industry and the private and charitable sectors to maximise benefits from investment.
"The commitment made by the Coalition Government will help to ensure Victoria continues to lead the fight against cancer," Mr Davis said.
"Despite the tough current economic climate, the funding delivered in this year's Budget reflects how committed the Coalition Government is to working towards a cure for cancer," Mr Davis said.