“KOALA was developed when we realised there was an urgent need for expertise in the development and management of early phase clinical trials for children with cancer in Australia. We are the first centre of its kind to focus on the translation, development and co-ordination of Phase 1 and 2 trials for children with high risk cancers in Australia.”

Associate Professor David Ziegler, KOALA Director

Every year over


children and adolescents in Australia are diagnosed with cancer

Of those diagnosed,


will survive thanks to medical research and clinical trials

KOALA was established in 2015 as a specialised clinical trials centre for early phase trials in oncology and leukaemia

Through our partnerships with scientists and doctors in Australia, as well as overseas researchers and collaborators, we strive to make new treatments available for children with cancer across Australia and New Zealand.

Our Partners