Lightening the burden of cancer with strong leadership
Imagine if 20 senior cancer clinician researchers stepped outside their organisational roles to work strategically across multiple institutions to identify and tackle the big issues. Could they galvanise efforts across disciplines? Would that make a difference?
This is the reality of the VCCC’s distributed leadership model and I believe it to be a unique strength of the alliance. With consumers at the heart, it gives structure for us to work across traditional boundaries to focus on the complete cancer pathway.
"There's no doubt I'm more attuned" - Professor Grant McArthur on empathy, equity and what drives him
The Oncology Podcast, is presented by Oncology News Australia and is hosted by Professor Eva Segelov from Monash University, Dr Craig Underhill, VCCC Regional Oncology Lead and Professor Hans Prenen. In a very special episode this week, VCCC alliance Executive Director, Grant McArthur shared his personal story about cancer in a candid interview with Eva Segelov.
Since launching in late 2019, the VCCC consumer engagement web-based toolkit has become a popular resource, with a total of 10,000 views recorded to-date. The toolkit assists people to understand and implement consumer engagement processes and practice within their own organisations.
Ten thousand views are just one measure of success for the toolkit.
Strategic roadmaps to tackle cancer on all fronts
The VCCC alliance is making a substantial investment to speed up the pace of the implementation of research evidence into practice in order to improve outcomes for Victorians affected by cancer.
A decade ago, it was reported that it took an average of 17 years to bring implementation research to the clinic. Now, in a world changed by COVID, this lag seems a mighty long time.
Celebrating world-class, data-driven research program
This month marks three years since Victoria started developing a world-class data-driven research program as part of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (Centre for Health Policy), the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research (UMCCR), the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Three years into this endeavour, read about the significant progress.
New oral cancer learning hub
In an average week, more than 16 Victorians will be diagnosed with oral cancer. But early detection can save lives, and oral health professionals have a vital role to play.
Dental Health Services Victoria has just launched an online resource for oral health professionals to assist in the early diagnosis of oral cancer. It has been developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne, the Australian Dental Association (Vic Branch), La Trobe University, and the Department of Health, as part of the Victorian Oral Cancer Screening & Prevention Program. Oral cancer is an increasing problem in Victoria, the key to management is an early diagnosis which both saves lives and reduces the disfigurement and disability of both the disease and its treatment. The site is a wonderful learning tool for practitioners in oral health.
VCCC Alliance expertise contributing to next generation researchers
An educational program is connecting honours students with patients to understand the importance of career-long relationships between researchers, their research, and those who are set to benefit from it.
Consumer engagement is becoming a mainstay of research, particularly in the health and medical space. Dr Joanne Britto, Manager of Consumer Involvement says that the term consumer engagement refers to an approach of developing meaningful relationships with a shared focus.