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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1296..


Breast cancer research

(Question No 988)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 8 March 2006:

(1) What proportion of ACT Government funding is put towards breast cancer research;

(2) What was the total amount of ACT Government funding (in dollar term) put towards breast cancer research in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004 05, and (e) 2005-06;

(3) Noting the National Breast Cancer Federation's plans asking governments to match its planned funding boost to $50m for breast cancer research, will the ACT Government increase its funding commitment to breast cancer research in 2006 07 and beyond; if not, why not; if so, by how much and when.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government does not provide specific funding for breast research. However, in 1997 Government funding was provided to form "The ACT and South Eastern New South Wales Breast Cancer Treatment Group"project. This project collects information on patients treated for breast cancer, within the region. During the first few years of the project, the information collected was used predominantly to examine whether patients within the region were treated according to established guidelines but we are now entering a phase where the data can be used to assess the outcomes of patients with breast cancer treated within the region. This project employs a full time Project Officer and a full time Data Manager.

In addition to the above project, clinicians from surgery, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology have been involved in a number of clinical trials for patients with breast cancer. However, these trials are funded externally and not by Government. Some of the clinicians have also received research funding from outside agencies for specific research projects.

(2)

The total amount of funding for the above project was:

(a)

2001-02

$ 154,593

(b)

2002-03

$ 167,730

(c)

2003-04

$ 181,586

(d)

2004-05

$ 189,032

(e)

2005-06

$ 195,234

(3) With respect to the National Breast Cancer Foundation's plan to ask governments to match its funding for breast cancer research, the ACT will consider this proposal when it receives formal notification of the details.

Actuarial services

(Question No 989)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Treasurer (redirected to the Acting Treasurer), upon notice, on 9 March 2006:


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