Investing In Services And Support For Cancer Patients


As part of Labor’s $2.3 billion Medicare Cancer Plan, we will invest in measures to provide targeted services and support for cancer patients.


Labor’s Medicare Cancer Plan is the most important reform to Medicare since it was introduced by Bob Hawke.

One in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer, which means 150,000 Australians will be given the news that they will have to fight cancer every year.

In addition to slashing out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients, Labor will invest in additional services and support for cancer patients, including:

  • $63.4 million for several initiatives to support patients with lung cancer, reduce the number of new diagnoses and reduce health care costs, including:
    • $40 million for the Cancer Council Australia to reboot the landmark National Tobacco Campaign.
    • $17.4 million for the Lung Foundation Australia to fund 20 lung cancer nurses and awareness campaigns targeting workplace hazards and reducing the stigma and isolation associated with lung cancer and other lung conditions.
    • $6 million to support Tobacco Free Portfolios’ work in disentangling the Australian finance sector from tobacco industry investment.
  • $10 million to support the Jodi Lee Foundation to run a national awareness campaign aimed at boosting bowel cancer screening rates through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).
  • $8.6 million to work with the Cancer Council Australia to relaunch a renewed sun protection awareness campaign (‘slip, slop, slap, seek, slide’).
  • $37.7 million to support the thousands of young Australians diagnosed with cancer every year, including:
    • $24 million for CanTeen, the organisation that supports young Australians aged 12-24.
    • $10 million to establish a Children’s Cancer Endowment Fund with the Children’s Cancer Foundation to fund research projects in children’s cancer.
    • $3.7 million for Camp Quality to enable them to continue their work with cancer coordinators in hospitals – directly supporting children and parents.
  • $12.5 million for 24 metastatic cancer nurses located across Australia, boosting care and support for locals who face this awful diagnosis.
  • $12 million towards Ovarian Cancer Australia’s National Action Plan for Ovarian Cancer Research as well as $150,000 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, matching their fundraising target and helping them in their bid to develop an early detection screening test.
  • $38 million for an additional 42 Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses to boost care and support for men and their families.
  • $4 million to establish a Pancreatic Cancer Patient Hub, connecting patients with practitioners, facilities and support services.

Labor will pay for our Medicare Cancer Plan by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.