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Senate Select Committee

In early 2017, the brain cancer community united to have its voice heard when more than 260 people wrote a submission to the Senate Select Committee into Funding for Research into Low Survival Cancers, with a strong focus on brain cancer. 


Senator Catryna Bilyk is chairing the committee, which will provides the brain cancer community an opportunity to have a say on what they think should be done to give people with brain cancer a better chance to survive. The Committee will compile its recommendations in a report to Government in November 2017.

People living with brain cancer have faced unacceptably low survival rates for far too long and Cure Brain Cancer Foundation has been calling for the Government to shine a spotlight on brain cancer for several years. The Senate Select Committee is an important opportunity to ensure the Government urgently prioritises brain cancer, commits to significantly improve funding, and adopts a planned approach to giving people with brain cancer a better chance to survive.

While the deadline for submissions (31 March, 2017) has now passed, there are a number of opportunities for members of the brain cancer community to continue to be involved in the process before it concludes.Here is a guide to help you write your submission. If you have any questions, please email advocacy@curebraincancer.org.au.


Several individuals and organisations, who made formal submissions to the Committee, will speak at these Hearings, and members of the public are invited to watch the proceedings at each venue. Spaces are limited and vary depending on venue, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The full schedule for each Hearing can be found here.


Thursday 18 to Friday 19 May, Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Sydney - EVENT CLOSED


Tuesday 6 June, Mercure Hotel Brisbane, Taldora Room, 85-87 North Quay

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation will be presenting from 11.15am in Brisbane, and will be hosting an informal catch up at MRepublic Bar & Restaurant on Level 2 of the Mercure from midday

Click here to join our special Facebook event for the Brisbane Public Hearing 


Wednesday 7 June, Stamford Plaza, Balmoral Room, 111 Little Collins Street

Click here to join our special Facebook event for the Melbourne Public Hearing


Thursday 8 June, Parliament House Room 2S3, Canberra

Click here to join our special Facebook event for the Canberra Public Hearing.  

Once the round of Public Hearings are complete, the Senate Select Committee will develop a report containing its recommendations on how to address funding and focus for rare cancers, including brain cancer.

Cure Brain Cancer will continue to be a strong voice for the brain cancer community, fighting to give people with brain cancer to have a better chance to survive, and will keep you updated with progress. If you would like to become more involved in our campaign, please email advocacy@curebraincancer.org.au

Read Cure Brain Cancer Foundation's Submission Here