Opportunity to shape the future of cancer control
Initial public consultation for Australia’s first national 10-year cancer plan closed last Friday.
Individuals and organisations nationwide were invited to be bold and ambitious in their ideas. The submissions will help to develop strategies to identify and address critical issues in cancer control that need collaborative, coordinated and national action, in a plan to be released by Cancer Australia in April 2023.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the VCCC Alliance submission. I hope Cancer Australia has received input from all quarters to inform this important plan.
Joint appointment in health services research and implementation science
Peter Mac and the VCCC Alliance are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Stephanie Best - Senior Research Lead: Implementation Science, to a leadership position spanning the two organisations. Dr Best will be based in Peter Mac’s Department of Health Services Research from 28 March.
Professor Maarten J. IJzerman leaves strong foundations for future potential
The many and profound impacts of COVID-19 pandemic have been felt again with the announcement that Professor Maarten J. IJzerman, internationally renowned Cancer Health Services research expert, current Chair of the VCCC Alliance Cancer Research Advisory Committee and Chair of Cancer Health Services Research at the University of Melbourne, will be returning to the Netherlands in May 2022. Maarten will be taking up an important new role as Dean of the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management (ESHPM) in Rotterdam.
Equity is a key pillar of the VCCC Alliance Strategic Program Plan 2021-24
As a step toward fulfilling our commitment to provide information and resources for respectful engagement and communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, the VCCC Alliance core staff team recently attended Building Aboriginal Cultural Competency workshops.
Congratulations to Professor Linda Mileshkin
Congratulations to Professor Linda Mileshkin, interim Director of Medical Oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, who has been named the recipient of the 2021 Melbourne Business School (MBS), Jo Leonard Memorial Scholarship.
The $ 8,500 residential scholarship, offered to senior female leaders from the VCCC Alliance working in cancer research, is inspired by Jo Leonard, a long-standing and valued member of the MBS who died from ovarian cancer in August 2016.
Professor David Wiesenfeld on 3RRR’s Radiotherapy program
With World Oral Health Day coming up on 20 March, Professor David Wiesenfeld, VCCC Alliance Research and Education Lead for Head and Neck Cancer recently joined 3RRR’s Sunday morning Radiotherapy program to raise awareness of head and neck cancers.
Workforce initiative to boost expertise across the alliance
Melbourne MicroCert scholarships have been awarded to an impressive cohort of cancer clinicians, researchers, clinical trial study coordinators, postdoctoral scientists and PhD students from VCCC Alliance member organisations. The successful candidates represent many disciplines and research specialties from gynaecology and haematology to genomics, childhood and rare cancers.
MDT review published in Cancer Medicine this week
Multidisciplinary oncology team meetings are crucial hubs for integrated, patient-centred diagnosis and treatment planning. Teams offer the potential to achieve more than any person could achieve working alone; yet, particularly in teams that are cross-disciplinary, it is critical to capitalise on the variety of knowledge, skills, and abilities available. Members of multidisciplinary teams (MDT), which include doctors, nurses and allied health clinicians, are well aware of the real-world constraints of putting principles into practice.