Increase investment in local cancer research
High quality, locally-relevant research is the undeniable key to vital cancer breakthroughs.
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Thanks to advances in medical research, more people with cancer are being successfully treated. But with over 200 different types of cancer, each with its own complexities, there’s still work to be done.
Research into the causes, prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer is and will be the primary driver of progress in our fight against this disease.
In comparison to other Australian states and territories, WA has seen a very poor level of investment in local cancer research from successive state governments.
As a result, the foundations for a successful and vibrant local cancer research sector are under threat, and we risk losing our best researchers interstate and overseas. Not only are these researchers vital to our fight against the disease right now, they’re also the key to inspiring future generations to take up careers in cancer research, safeguarding the future of the sector.
A state government investment in WA’s research programs will benefit the community significantly, leading to easier, earlier and more equitable access for more West Australians to participate in research opportunities such as clinical trials, regardless of where they live.
An additional benefit will be the creation of new jobs and the ability to bring more resources to the state, increasing our opportunity to successfully attract more national and international funding.
The WA community has already shown their support for our research sector by helping us allocate $4m to local cancer research in 2016. We aim to increase this amount to $5m per annum over the next 4 years.
We call on the next state government to enhance the generous donations made by the WA community for research by committing $10m per annum for 4 years to a cancer research fund, or a total commitment of $40m over the 4 year term of government.