Research & Funding
The Childhood Cancer Association is dedicated to supporting childhood cancer research, with the aim of improving the lives of children with cancer, and their families.
CCA Research & Study Grant
The Childhood Cancer Association's Research and Study Grant is open to researchers, medical, nursing, and allied health staff, who wish to improve clinical practice and conduct research into childhood cancer and related conditions including causes, cures and methods of alleviating the effects of childhood cancer on children, adolescents and their families.
**The Research and Study Grant will not be available in 2013. Information about applications for 2014 will be posted later this year.
For a number of years, the Childhood Cancer Association has been part funding a qualified Child Play Therapist on the Michael Rice Haematology & Oncology Ward and Clinic at the Women's and Children's Hospital. The Play Therapist provides structured and appropriate play therapy for children who are isolated in the ward, or in the clinic, and offers essential support to children during various treatment procedures via Divisional Therapies.
The role of the Play Therapist is to minimise anxiety, stress and/or trauma often associated with hospitalisation. The Play Therapist does this by providing opportunities for children with cancer to give expression to the experiences and emotions they may be having difficulty with, through the use of play. The Play Therapist has been universally praised by families, staff – and most importantly, the children and is a very integral team member at the Women's and Children's Hospital.