A significant change to the VCCC Alliance governance model will introduce more diversity and inclusivity into the Board, with the changes approved by Victorian Health Minister, The Hon Mary Anne Thomas MP.
Celebrating remarkable legacies
New and ambitious collaborations like the VCCC Alliance only succeed when people with particular zeal, courage and conviction step forward to lead. This month we recognised two such people as new Fellows of the VCCC Alliance. Emeritus Professor Linda Kristjanson AO and Ms Sophy Athan made exceptional contributions and played pivotal roles in shaping our organisation through their generous, inclusive leadership.
‘Affirming’, ‘inspiring’, ‘informative’ and ‘brilliant’– just some of the words delegates used to describe the VCCC Alliance Research Conference, held 11- 13 September 2023 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
On 27 September, the VCCC Alliance co-hosted a panel discussion with Cancer Council Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), to hear from Indigenous health experts on how a Voice can make a real change in cancer care and control for Indigenous peoples.
Individual and team leadership have been recognised in the VCCC Alliance inaugural Leading for Impact Awards acknowledging exceptional leadership in improving outcomes for those affected by cancer.
Following a hotly contested nomination process, the awards were presented at the VCCC Alliance Research Conference dinner. Three categories were recognised: Outstanding Leadership by Example, Outstanding Team Leader and Outstanding Changemaker.
One of the hot topics at the VCCC Alliance Research Conference was the role of air pollution in cancer and the biological responses that trigger it. Our Program Communications Manager, Michelle Henderson, spoke to international guest speaker Professor Charles Swanton from the Francis Crick Institute about his groundbreaking research.
Professor Bruce Mann and Dr Belinda Yeo will step down as Breast Cancer Research and Education co-leads at the end of 2023, after almost five years at the helm.
This week the VCCC Alliance convened a special Roundtable of stakeholders keen to improve the quality and quantity of health service data about culturally and linguistically diverse people in our community.