New funding partnership to support breast cancer research

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27 June 2013
Media Release
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NHMRC Media Team: 0422 008 512

The Australian Government, through the National Health & Medical Research Council, has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to support top young clinical researchers in the pursuit of new knowledge in the prevention and cure of breast cancer.

Successful recipients will receive $6,000 per annum from NBCF in addition to their NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship, for up to three years.

“Research into breast cancer is critical to saving lives. This partnership is further evidence of the Australian Government’s funding initiative to improve detection, prevention and cancer care and support services,” Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek said.

In the 2013-14 Budget, the Australian Government announced a new $226 million cancer care package including funding of $55.7 million to increase participation in the Breastscreen Australia program and $19.5 million for the McGrath Foundation to expand the number of breast care nurses.

Over the last ten years, $1.3 billion has also been funded through the NHMRC into cancer research including $148.3 million for breast cancer. Research partnerships and supporting the next generation of breast cancer research leaders are critical components to finding a cure.

“Breast cancer directly and indirectly impacts upon thousands of Australian women, men, their families and friends. It is the most common cause of cancer in Australian women, affecting one in eight women over their lifetime,” NBCF CEO, Carole Renouf said.

“This award will encourage and enable doctors working at the coal face, who are involved in treating patients with breast cancer, to be engaged in research and bring an important clinical perspective to furthering the understanding of this disease and its impact on the people they treat,” Ms Renouf said.

“The NHMRC / NBCF partnership provides an opportunity for outstanding Australian medical graduates with a strong interest in breast cancer research to be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive,” NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said.

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NHMRC partnerships:

Along with the NBCF partnership, NHMRC has developed post graduate funding partnerships with Parkinson’s Victoria, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, National Heart Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia and the Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia.

About the NBCF

The National Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer. Since NBCF was established in 1994, over $97 million has been awarded to fund over 340 Australian-based research projects to improve the health and wellbeing of those affected by breast cancer. For more information, visit

Media contacts:

NHMRC Media Team: David Cooper 0422 008 512
NBCF Media Team:     Kym Robins   0481 268 776 / 02 8098 4863