A vision for architecture as more than the sum of its parts
On Friday 6 August, The Hon Martin Foley, Minister for Health will join us at a special virtual event to launch the VCCC’s Strategic Program Plan 2021–24, which is supported by the Victorian Government through a $27 million investment over the next three and a half years.
Over the past 18 months, hundreds of experts from 35 organisations have actively contributed to shaping and forming this new plan. They have come together with shared agenda, bringing leadership, expertise, knowledge and determination to make things better.
Scientists join celebrated cohort for excellence in cancer research
The VCCC Alliance and Picchi Brothers Foundation are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Picchi Award for Excellence in Cancer Research.
Each year three talented researchers from VCCC member institutes are recognised with a $10,000 award to assist them in expanding their research and collaborate internationally, thanks to the Picchi Brothers Foundation.
New research shows patients with blood cancer experience higher psychological distress from risk of COVID-19 infection and unmet needs
New research highlighted in a recent edition of Pursuit from the University of Melbourne shows that for over 110,000 people in Australia living with blood cancer – including leukaemia, myeloma, and lymphoma – the challenges they already face have been exacerbated during the pandemic.
Data and dedication to better outcomes for patients represented in new initiative
A landmark project is leading the way in understanding patients’ end-of-life care, with the new findings promising to drive systemic change to improve the quality of care for patients with cancer, particularly use of primary care services. The large privacy-preserving data linkage incorporates primary care, hospital, emergency, outpatient and mortality data.
Statewide collaboration acknowledged in name change
In 2009 the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre was incorporated as a multi-partner joint venture with the aim of “delivering greater value in education, research and clinical services than each member organisation could achieve alone”.
Now this is a functional reality with the VCCC Joint Venture operating as a dynamic, progressive, system-changing alliance of 10 member organisations working together to deliver benefits across the Victorian cancer sector and ultimately to patients.
The questions that keep us awake at night
A series of three online ethics seminars have been developed by the VCCC Research and Education Lead, Head and Neck Cancer program to look at ethically tough cases in the management of patients with the disease.
Led by Professor David Wiesenfeld and facilitated by Professor Clare Delany, a clinical ethicist at Peter Mac and Royal Children’s Hospital, the series is bringing people from multiple disciplines together to discuss and share experiences of ethically tough cases and to increase awareness of the ethical dimensions of clinical decisions for patients and clinicians.
Australia's first ever, purpose-built comprehensive cancer centre
“This is Australia’s first ever, purpose-built comprehensive cancer centre, built with the vision to save lives by connecting the world’s best cancer research, education, treatment and care under one roof.”
Those were the words of Premier Daniel Andrews on 17 July 2016 as he officially opened the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Since then, the vision has become an exciting reality with a multitude of achievements notched up under its amazing glass roof.
Global trial for rare and aggressive cancer
Associate Professor David Gyorki, VCCC Research and Education Lead, Melanoma and Skin Cancers and Consultant Surgeon Peter Mac and Austin Health has successfully secured a grant from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) for the STRASS 2 trial in Australia.