Thursday, 17 October 2019
At the request of Senator Bilyk, I move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) International Brain Tumour Awareness Week will be held from 26 October to 2 November 2019,
(ii) the five-year survival rate for malignant brain tumours, known as brain cancer, is still only 22%,
(iii) while not as deadly as brain cancer, benign tumours in certain areas of the brain can still be life-threatening and may require urgent treatment, and
(iv) even surviving a brain tumour, patients can suffer ongoing symptoms, including brain damage and paralysis;
(b) congratulates the Brain Tumour Alliance Australian and the International Brain Tumour Alliance for their ongoing advocacy for brain tumour patients; and
(c) urges the Australian Government to take whatever action is necessary to improve brain cancer and tumour survival.
Question agreed to.