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    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles
    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    You Can fight cancer at new hub at RBWH


    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Monday, June 18, 2018

    You Can fight cancer at new hub at RBWH

    Queensland’s largest hospital will soon be home to the state’s only public specialised adolescent and young adult cancer centre thanks to the collaborative efforts of Sony Foundation and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will today announce the centre is set to open in early 2019 thanks to a $1.8 million donation from Sony Foundation and a $500,000 funding commitment from the Palaszczuk Government Health to support adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 25 undergoing cancer treatment.

    “This state-of-the-art purpose-built centre will benefit youth cancer patients, and act as a hub for clinical research to advance treatment and increase survival rates,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

    “It will also address a gap in care and support that can sometimes exist when a patient is too old for paediatric services, but too young to be treated alongside adult patients.

    “Being in an environment with people their own age and who also understand the physical and emotional issues they are facing will give them the best possible chance to respond to their diagnosis and treatment.”

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said one of RBWH’s largest, and most prestigious services, was its Cancer Care Service.

    “The cancer care service is home to the largest bone marrow transplant program in Australia, and is staffed by some of our country’s best doctors, nurses, researchers, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, wardies and everyone in between,” Mr Miles said.

    “I know the dedication the Royal Cancer Care team have for their patients, and I know the time and effort that has gone into making this centre a possibility.”

    Member for McConnel Grace Grace said the dedicated centre would be a social hub where teenagers and young adults can hang out in age-appropriate relaxation spaces with the latest technology.

    “Teenagers these days have a lot on their plate, whether it’s dealing with study, work and social activities. Fighting cancer just adds to these many challenges,” Ms Grace said.

    “I am pleased this new centre will be a place of solitude, comfort and comradery for these young patients to enjoy activities together and support each other.”

    The youth cancer care service at RBWH is delivered in partnership with Children’s Health Queensland’s state-wide Queensland Youth Cancer Service.

    In 2010, Sony Foundation established ‘You Can’, a youth cancer program to fund specialised youth cancer centres and services around Australia to address the current gap in the system.

    CEO of Sony Foundation Sophie Ryan said to date, over $8 million has been donated by Sony Foundation to fund youth cancer initiatives including You Can Centres in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, cancer research and support services.

    “Today is a significant milestone on our journey to improve the overall experience from treatment to survivorship for young cancer patients,” Ms Ryan said.

    “For too long our young people have fallen through the gap, too old for children’s hospitals, yet too young to be alongside the elderly in adult wards. Sony Foundation’s ‘You Can’ campaign is committed to ensuring they are treated in age-appropriate environments.”

    RBWH Executive Director of Cancer Care Services Associate Professor Glen Kennedy said the centre would be life-changing for young patients battling cancer, but it would also advance treatment and research.

    “This will allow us to grow our service as we pursue clinical research to advance treatment and survival outcomes,” Assoc Prof Kennedy said.

    “Here at RBWH we are unique in that we treat patients from all over Queensland.

    “In every way possible this is a massive step forwards and we are so incredibly proud of the dedication and work that has gone into making this a reality for our patients.”

    Sony Foundation will hold a major fundraising event, Brissy4Ward, on August 2 to raise much needed funds for the Brisbane You Can Centre.

    For more information about You Can or to donate, please visit


    • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Cancer Care Service is one of the largest in Australia.
    • In 2016, RBWH provided more than 160,000 cancer care treatments, consultations, procedures and other services.
    • The service treats around 140 people each year between the ages of 15 and 24 years.
    • The service is also a quaternary referral centre for complex paediatric cancer cases.
    • The service provides the largest bone marrow transplant program in Australia and quaternary and tertiary services in medical oncology, radiotherapy/brachytherapy, and malignant and non-malignant haematology.
    • $1.8 million donated by Sony Foundation will transform some of the existing hospital space and construct a new social hub dedicated to adolescent and young adult cancer patients.
    • The centre will be built in unused space on the roof of RBWH, with construction starting later this year.
    • From 1984 to 2014, there was an increase of 54 per cent in the number of new cancer cases among 15 to 24-year-old Queensland residents, largely driven by the rising population.
    • By the end of 2014, 783 people in that age range were living with cancer. There has been virtually no improvement in survival rates for this age group over the last 25 years despite advances in almost every other demographic.
    • 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Sony Foundation, the charity arm of the Sony group of companies, and has raised more than $30 million for youth causes since inception.

    Media contacts:

    Susan McGrady (Premier's office) 0488 996 667

    Katharine Wright (Minister Miles' office) 0422 580 342