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 9 BRAIN TUMOURS

Ms Hall, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:


(1) acknowledges that brain tumours can cause immense distress to those who are diagnosed with them, their carers, family and loved ones;

(2) notes that:

 (a) 1400 Australians annually are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour;

(b) United States' data suggests that statistically there will be almost as many Australians diagnosed with benign brain tumours, many of which can be life threatening; and

(c) an even greater number are diagnosed with a metastatic brain tumour;

(3) notes that brain tumours, unlike some other malignant neoplasms, affect both males and females in all age groups from birth to old age and are now responsible for the cancer deaths of more children under 14 years of age than all types of leukaemia;

(4) notes that while the incidence of brain tumours is ranked 13th in a list of all cancers in Australia, they rank 4th in a table of the total number of person years of life lost (PYLL) as a result of deaths attributed to cancer;

(5) notes that, as yet, there does not appear to be any identifiable single cause of primary brain tumours, nor is there an efficient, safe, and cost effective method of screening for them, nor are they necessarily preventable by changes in diet or lifestyle, although these may be useful in alleviating distress and symptoms; and

(6) calls on the Federal Government to recognise:

 (a) the need for a specialised response to the challenge caused by brain tumours, particularly in the areas of patient and carer support; and

(b) the need for increased support for research, including the collection of more detailed clinical and statistical data, particularly by way of data sets and a brain tumour registry, with a view to developing better treatment protocols leading to longer survival and a better quality of life.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.