Discover the latest progress in cancer research, education and clinical care delivered by the VCCC Alliance.
Cancer community and crises
The cancer community is exceptional in its capacity and determination to work together. As events around the globe seem to lurch from crisis to crisis, and people are faced with war, floods and pandemics, cancer doesn’t go away - although life for people affected becomes even more challenging.
During these incredibly difficult times, we have heard heroic stories of people reaching out to help patients who need urgent care and who have redoubled their efforts to ensure patients are supported despite the most challenging of circumstances.
Support for development of new equity framework
A newly formed Equity Advisory Group (EAG) is a key process project of the VCCC Alliance’s health equity program. Recruited from a broad community and professional base, the EAG's objective is to provide expertise to guide the implementation of the health equity program. At a broader level, the EAG will also support the development of an equity framework to support the Strategic Program Plan.
Recruitment underway for a regionally-based Cancer Consumer Advisory Committee Deputy Chair.
“Patients and carers in regional areas are as crucial to improving outcomes for patients as people who live in the city,” says Sophy Athan, Chair of the VCCC Alliance Cancer Consumer Advisory Committee (CCAC).
“To ensure fair and equitable healthcare, we need to involve consumers from all walks of life, experiences and locations in our decision-making,” she says.
Highlights from the 4th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference
From 24-25 March 2022, 290 delegates heard from international and Australian speakers on how to assist people live through and beyond cancer at the 4th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference, presented online from Melbourne.
During the two days, delegates learned about the latest developments in survivorship care and research and how they may inform progress in the years ahead.
Twenty-six new graduates ‘Marie Kondo’ their careers
“I feel inspired to continue to learn with an open heart and open mind.” Dr Simonne Neil, the inaugural Professor Robert Thomas OAM Dux of the Master of Cancer Sciences says her experience undertaking the Masters has reinvigorated her passion for learning and desire to make an impact in cancer.
Regional sites swell to seven
Entering its fourth year, the SKILLED Clinical Trial Internship Program has grown to cover more regional sites than ever in 2022.
Nicole Humphreys, Clinical Trials Research Support Officer at Northeast Health Wangaratta, has witnessed the impact of SKILLED first-hand.
New practical Melbourne MicroCert short course - starts 6 June 2022
As a clinician or researcher tackling cancer, how much do you know about genome sequencing methodology, interpreting molecular reports, the role of targeted panels, and how you might dig deeper to find treatment options for people undergoing treatment for cancer?
R&E Lead Breast Cancer Education program
The VCCC Alliance Research and Education (R&E Lead) Breast Cancer program has developed a learning environment where researchers and clinical care teams can share information to improve cancer outcomes.
“At the medical student and trainee level there is limited scope to take a helicopter view of breast cancer, assess the impacts of collated data, and have interactions with a live audience,” says R&E Co-Lead for Breast Cancer, Dr Belinda Yeo.