Funding sustains health research through challenging times
Victoria’s position as a national leader in health and biomedical research was certainly highlighted in the recent NHMRC Investigator Grants.
With 62 of the 105 Victorian grants awarded going to outstanding researchers within VCCC Alliance member organisations, there is good reason to feel optimistic and proud of the work and innovation happening here and the multi-faceted benefits this offers to the community, our state and the country.
First symposium this month
The Australian Brain Cancer Research Alliance (ABCARA) is a new alliance of brain cancer focused researchers and clinician scientists with an interest in adult brain cancer research.
The alliance is seeking to develop a national research collaboration to accelerate developments in brain cancer research and patient outcomes. A first step is to understand the scope of research and use of technology among peers nationwide. A full day symposium will precede the COGNO Annual Scientific Meeting later this month to discuss challenges and opportunities for building a collaborative adult brain cancer network.
The DURATION Study
An NHMRC-funded investigator-initiated trial has commenced in Victoria with around 100 patients recruited from across VCCC Alliance hospitals.
The study is evaluating novel assays to detect circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) before and after lung cancer surgery.
4th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference
How can our health systems adapt to better meet the needs of the growing community of people living with and beyond cancer? What are the recent advances in cancer survivorship research and care? What are the changes to practice and new models of care resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic?
These questions will be considered at the 4th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference, Shifting Gears: Rethinking Survivorship to be presented by the VCCC Alliance and the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC) on 24-25 March 2022 in Melbourne.
Flexible academic and skill-based learning
With the rising incidence of cancer across the globe, there is a projected shortage of skilled practitioners in the oncology workforce. The Master of Cancer Sciences, Australia’s first cancer-specific, multidisciplinary, and wholly online program, was designed to meet this growing need.
In addition to the Masters program, short courses that provide access to leading oncological experts have just come online through the University of Melbourne. These courses are the Melbourne Microcerts Emerging Topics in Oncology series. The first subjects in the series are Clinical Trial Protocol Design and Drug Commercialisation Fundamentals. They are designed to provide skill-based credentialled learning, completed in 6 weeks.
Research Australia showcases consumer involvement
Research Australia is a national alliance representing the entire health and medical research pipeline from the laboratory through to the patient. It is a unifying platform for the sector’s collective voice to ensure health and medical research maintains a national priority.
In the September issue of their publication INSPIRE, researchers nationwide shared examples of how involving consumers enriches research. Significant responses received on the topic mean that the next issue, due later this month, will deliver Part II of the special feature.
Put on The Oncology Podcast
The Oncology Newsletter is published every week and is distributed to oncology healthcare professionals with a tightly curated roundup of the week’s news highlights, including headlines from national and international sources, updates that have been overlooked by mainstream media, and expert commentary pieces.
It’s also home to The Oncology Journal Club which produces a weekly podcast hosted by Eva Segalov, Craig Underhill and Hans Prenen where they chat through the latest papers and pretty much solve many of the world’s ills in addition to their big, day-jobs in cancer.
We are seeking a research and education leader in Gynae-Oncology
With the ongoing objective of enhancing relationships across the VCCC Alliance, the position of Research & Education Lead for Gynae-Oncology is offered as an opportunity from within a VCCC Alliance member organisation to join our expert Distributed Leadership team.
The primary purpose for the appointment of the Research & Education Lead (R&E Lead) for Gynae-Oncology is to champion the systemisation of collaboration across the alliance and the broader cancer sector, to integrate cancer research, education and clinical care in the continuous improvement of patient outcomes.
Effective Communication in End of Life Care
In November 2020, experts from the VCCC Alliance launched a new online education program for clinical staff to practice and refine their patient communication skills.
The education program - Effective Communication in End of Life Care virtual reality training module has received an Honorable Mention in the International E-Learning Awards 2021 from the International E-Learning Association.
This is the second E-Learning award for VCCC Alliance education, with the Master of Cancer Sciences receiving an Honorable Mention in 2019.
RACGP newsGP has recently published three perspectives
Almost 150,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer each year. While the medical impact of the disease is well documented, the financial pain is perhaps less well understood.
Three different people, including Professor Jon Emery, VCCC Alliance Research & Education Lead, Primary Care Integration and Academic Lead - who commented from a primary care researcher perspective - recently provided their unique personal view on the issue to newsGP about how to address the hidden ‘toxic’ costs of cancer treatment.