Queensland’s largest hospital, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, will soon be home to Queensland’s first specialised adolescent and young adult You Can Centre.
The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland today announced the You Can Centre is set to open in early 2019 thanks to a $1.8 million donation from Sony Foundation.
“This state-of-the-art purpose built centre will benefit young cancer patients, and act as a hub for clinical research to advance treatment and increase survival rates,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“It will also address a gap in care and support that can sometimes exist between paediatric and adult health services, and will offer adolescents and young adults the best possible chance to respond to their diagnosis and treatment.”
L to R: Sony Foundation Board Director Chris White, Australian Netballer Laura Geitz, You Can Champ Rachel, Sony Foundation ambassador Giaan Rooney and Sony Foundation CEO Sophie Ryan
Of the dedicate youth cancer centre, Queensland’s Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Steven Miles said it will be a social hub where young patients and survivors can meet people of a similar age who are facing the same emotional and physical issues.
“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 challenges,” Mr Miles 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.”
Sony Music artist and Sony Foundation ambassador Samantha Jade performs for young cancer patients, survivors and supporters at the Brisbane You Can Centre announcement event
Since 2010, when Sony Foundation first established their youth cancer program, ‘You Can’, to fund specialised youth cancer centres and services around Australia to address the gap in care for young patients, over $8 million has been donated by the Foundation to youth cancer initiatives including You Can Centres in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney and cancer research and support services.
“Today is a significant milestone in our journey to improve the overall experience from treatment to survivorship for young cancer patients,” said Sony Foundation CEO Sophie Ryan.
“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.”
L to R: Fox Sports presenter Justin Hodges, You Can Champs Frazer, Azraq and Ben and Broncos star player and NOVA radio host, Sam Thaiday
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital 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,” Associate Professor 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 forward and we are so incredibly proud of the dedication and work that has gone into making this a reality for our patients.”
Sony Foundation’s inaugural Brissy4Ward will take place on August 2, 2018 to raise funds for Queensland’s first You Can Centre. To find out more on Brissy4Ward, click HERE.