I'd love to thank all of our amazing Canteen supporters. You allow young people to find support when cancer knocks them off their feet.
Canteen has continued to support young people impacted by cancer in 2019/20 by providing high quality, evidence-based support that leads to improved outcomes. You’ll see our impact in the community, online, through advocacy and our campaigns is strong and sets us up for success despite a global pandemic. We’ve been here since 1985 and we’re not going anywhere.
In 2017/18 Canteen’s focus has been to continue expanding the raft of ways we support young people, including through our online support service which experienced a huge 40% increase in use from last year. We also announced $3.2 million in funding for four clinical trials – one of the most exciting advancements to come out of the youth cancer treatment space in recent years. Our commitment to truly understanding a young person’s experience comes full circle with the placement of parent social workers in hospitals and the soft launch of our online parent platform. Both initiatives increase our reach to, and support for, young people whose parents are going through cancer.
And a very special thank you to all of our corporate and community supporters this year.
Every year, Canteen takes great strides forward in supporting more young people affected by cancer in a greater variety of ways and last year was no exception. The biggest news is that young cancer patients will finally have access to cutting edge cancer treatment through clinical trials right here in Australia. This is something Canteen has been working towards for a long time.
During 2014/15, we implemented world class initiatives to ensure very good outcomes for young people living with cancer and provided more support options than ever before. The launch of Canteen’s groundbreaking online support service was one of the year’s biggest highlights and means that young Australians whose lives have been rocked by cancer can now instantly get support regardless of where they live.