We support research projects that will have the greatest impact on childhood cancer survival.
Our research priorities direct where funds go.
The Kids' Cancer Project funds research in Australia and abroad to help children with many types of cancer. Our mission is to support bold scientific research that has the greatest chance of achieving our vision of one hundred percent survival for children with cancer while minimising or eradicating the harmful impacts treatment can bring.
Priority 1: Improving survival and treatments
Improving treatments for childhood cancer will have a direct impact on survival rates. The Kids' Cancer Project will gain an understanding of best practice and emerging technologies spanning all modalities of treatment. The Kids' Cancer Project will support research with this focus as a top priority.
Priority 2: Late effects and quality of life
Two-thirds of survivors report at least one chronic medical condition and one-third report at least one severe or life threatening medical condition as a result of their treatment. While current data dissects mortality rates it does not unveil the important consideration of quality of life.
The Kids' Cancer Project places importance on the ongoing quality of life of survivors of childhood cancer and will invest in identifying new treatments with greater potential for healthy outcomes for all children with cancer.
Priority 3: Capabilities
Capabilities refers to future proofing childhood cancer research by improving capabilities and encouraging collaboration.
The Kids' Cancer Project will promote programs and initiatives that will improve collaboration between research facilities, provide expertise and knowledge transfer of research data and findings. The Kids' Cancer Project will support the career development of the next generation of childhood cancer researchers so they can build on their success and push forward with discovery of new treatments and cures.
Priority 4: Understanding childhood cancer and the causes
The Kids' Cancer Project will strive to ensure that outcomes for Australian children diagnosed with cancer are in line with best practice as benchmarked against international standards. The Kids' Cancer Project will selectively participate in research that builds on the body of knowledge surrounding the causes of childhood cancer.
Priority 5: Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs)
The Australian health system defines a child as an individual between 0 and 15 years old. The Kids' Cancer Project has extended their definition of a child to include 0 to 18 year olds in response to the significant drop in survival rates once a child reaches 16. The Kids' Cancer Project recognises that Young Adults are an important consideration, which will now be incorporated in research funding specifications where possible.
Priority 6: Equal access to care
The Kids' Cancer Project will advocate for equal access to care for children with cancer, regardless of geographical or socioeconomic status.
*The Kids’ Cancer Project defines a child as an individual up to the age of 18 years old.