Our Story

Since 2009, the VCCC Alliance has been enabling collaboration at scale to save lives through the integration of consumer-engaged cancer research, education and patient care.

Tackling cancer from every angle

Founded in the holistic principles of the internationally-recognised Comprehensive Cancer Centre model, the VCCC Alliance brings together 10 of Victoria’s leading research, academic, and clinical institutions to achieve what can only be done through state-wide collaboration. Together we will improve outcomes in cancer in metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria, and forge new approaches to cancer research, education, and patient care for all.

The VCCC Alliance’s multi-site, multi-disciplinary model brings together the complementary strengths of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health (including The Royal Melbourne Hospital), the University of Melbourne, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, The Royal Women’s Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Western Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (including St Vincent's Institute), Austin Health (including the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and Austin Lifesciences) and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

The VCCC Alliance is made up of a tight-knit team of staff who form the backbone working to facilitate the power of collective impact across the VCCC Alliance and beyond.

Planning for Victoria's future

In 2016, the Victorian Government allocated $30 million over three years to the VCCC Alliance to develop a Strategic Research Plan (SRP) addressing key opportunities for improvement in cancer research capability, development of clinical trials, workforce development and leadership.

This was shaped by the VCCC Alliance Strategic Plan 2016-20, which set goals for effective sharing of clinical and research data, to support better, more integrated research and clinical care.

In 2020, the Victorian Government invested a further $27 million in the VCCC Alliance to build on the achievements to date. This has enabled the development of a comprehensive strategic roadmap, aligned with the State Government’s Victorian Cancer Plan, to accelerate progress in key areas.

The VCCC Alliance Strategic Program Plan 2021-24 is an ambitious, integrated plan that systematically addresses some complex issues and challenges with the enduring aim of improving outcomes for people affected by cancer.

The Strategic Program Plan draws in consumers, prominent experts and teams from across our alliance members and is grounded in the guiding philosophy of the VCCC Alliance; that together, we are stronger than the sum of our parts.

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