Youth Cancer

CanTeen’s Role

Advocating for change

CanTeen Australia advocated for the need for specialist youth cancer centres across Australia during the 2005 Senate Committee Inquiry: The Cancer Journey: Informing Choices. In 2007, CanTeen approached the Commonwealth with a request for funding, supported by five other national charities: Camp Quality, Red Kite, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Variety, the Children’s Charity. In 2008, the federal budget confirmed $15M funding to develop adolescent and young adult cancer centres across Australia. This was the start of the Youth Cancer Fund (now Youth Cancer Service).


Project funders

The Youth Cancer Service has been financially supported by a number of organisations, to develop specialist treatment and support services for adolescent and young adult cancer patients. Funding is administered by CanTeen Australia, which distributes funds to health services and other organisations across Australia.

  • Australian Government – provided the first round of funding of $15M through the Youth Cancer Networks Program and a second round of funding of $18.2 million in 2013.
  • Sony Foundation – is raising funds through its YouCanmobile phone recycling campaign and major fundraising events to establish youth friendly centres in major hospitals across Australia. To find out more, visit the YouCan website.


Project partners

A wide range of partners have received funding through the Youth Cancer Fund to deliver the vision of world-class cancer treatment and support for young Australians during Phase1. This funding will largely continue in Phase2:

  • South Australia and Northern Territory Project – SA Health, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Women and Children’s Hospital.
  • New South Wales and ACT Project – Sydney Children’s Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital, Children’s Hospital Westmead, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Canberra Hospital.
  • WA Project – North Metropolitan Area Health Service, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network.
  • Victoria and Tasmania Project – ONTrac@PeterMac, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Department of Health Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania.
  • Queensland Project – Children’s Health and Hospital Service QLD, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
  • Professional networks, research and clinical practice guidelines – Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.
  • Youth Cancer website and psychosocial assessment tool, National Research Group, National Dataset Group, and National Youth Advisory Group – CanTeen Australia.
  • Professional education – University of Melbourne – Graduate Certificate, Adoloescent Health and Welfare Oncology Stream