The BreastScreen Reader Assessment Strategy has received funding from the following:

Funder Duration
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Aus4Innovation – Department of Foreign Trade 2019-2020
Australian Department of Health 2011-2013,2018-2021, 2021-2023
Cancer Institute NSW 2012-2015,2017-2021
China Studies Centre 2018
National Breast Cancer Foundation 2012-2017, 2022-2025
National Health and Medical Research Council 2019-2021
New Zealand Ministry of Health 2013-2016,2016-2019
Nous Group 2019
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology 2012
Sydney Southeast Asia Centre 2016-2018
The Faculty of Health Sciences
The University of Sydney Commercial Development & Industry Partnerships 2018
The University of Sydney Office of Global Engagement 2020



Grant success

October 2019: Our application entitled “Understanding the diagnostic efficacy of radiologists in Shanghai, China using mammographic and tomographic test set images” has been selected for funding in the University of Sydney – Fudan University Partnership collaboration Award (PCA) 2019 round. Our collaboration will introduce the innovative and interactive online platform BREAST to the radiologists in Shanghai, to assess their performance and explore the BREAST platform’s potential to transform cancer detection rates and thereby paving the future for optimised breast cancer interpretation. Our team, Dr. Tong Li, Ms Kriscia Tapia and Prof. Patrick Brennan, along with Dr. Qin Xiao (Radiologist from the Department of Radiology, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center) and Prof. Yajia Gu will begin this project in November 2019.

October 2019: Out of 115 applications for outstanding initiatives and potential positive economic and social impacts, our application entitled “VIETRAD: Transforming breast cancer diagnoses across Vietnam” had been selected for the Aus4Innovation Partnership Grant Award. This grant is funded by the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the InnovationXchange (IXC) to help strengthen the Vietnamese innovation system. Our project will partner with the Vietnamese Health Strategy and Policy Institute to develop VIETRAD, an innovation BREAST-type program, tailored for Vietnamese radiologists to improve the skills of local readers in detecting breast cancer. Our team, Prof. Patrick Brennan and Dr. Phuong Trieu (Yun) along with Dr. Tran Thi Mai Oanh (Director of Health Strategy and Policy Institute – Vietnamese Ministry of Health) will kick-off this project in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue-Da Nang in 2020.

Dr. Khuong A Tuan (Deputy Director of Vietnam Health Strategy and Policy Institute) received the award at the Aus4Innovation ceremony in Hanoi on 9 October 2019 on behalf of the team.


BREAST Manager
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