Discovery, Acceleration, Equity and Leadership
Discovery, Acceleration, Equity and Leadership are the four pillars of the VCCC Alliance Strategic Research Plan (SPP) 2021-2024 released last week.
I’m inclined to add a fifth pillar of flexibility given the plan’s development during the height of the pandemic and at a time when patients and the healthcare workforce have been challenged in so many ways. It is the most extraordinary achievement, and I am grateful to everyone who has held the vision and persisted in the development of the plan in difficult circumstances.
Publication forerunner to system-level change
Findings from the VCCC Alliance’s Strategic Research Plan relating to cancer clinical trial access have the potential to change the game for adolescents and young adults (AYA) in Australia.
An important paper, published in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology and co-authored by VCCC Alliance Associate Head of Research, Associate Professor Justine Ellis, seeks to implement system-level change to improve access to clinical trials for this cohort.
Launch of the VCCC Alliance Strategic Program Plan 2021-24
“This plan is different. We started by asking why this work is important for patients, consumers and community. Putting that question first makes a real difference to the prioritisation of work and the nature of the programs being developed. It means the direction stays focused on patient benefit.”
These words from Ms Sophy Athan, Chair of the VCCC Alliance Consumer Advisory Committee, kicked off the launch of the VCCC Alliance Strategic Program Plan 2021-24 (SPP) last Friday 6 August, highlighting the strategic, purposefully different approach this new plan takes to delivering system-level change.
Join the VCCC Alliance senior leadership team
Due to a long-term member of our team relocating out of Victoria, the VCCC Alliance is offering a rare opportunity to join the senior leadership team as Head of Quality and Strategic Initiatives.
The position provides a wide range of variety and rich involvement across the organisation and alliance, covering strategic and business development, overseeing consumer involvement and equity initiatives and leadership for program management frameworks and evaluation.
Professor Andrew Scott AM appointed Research Translation and Commercialisation Lead
The VCCC Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Andrew Scott AM in the newly created role of Research Translation and Commercialisation Lead.
Professor Scott’s 20-year career as a cancer clinician/scientist features a host of leading research roles, including as Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (Austin Branch) and President of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology, as well as Professorial appointments at the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and Monash University.
Professor Sanchia Aranda AM appointed Deputy Chair of the VCCC Alliance
The Board of the VCCC Alliance has announced the appointment of Professor Sanchia Aranda AM, as new Deputy Chair of the alliance.
As the VCCC Alliance prepares to roll out an ambitious new three-year Strategic Program Plan, Professor Aranda’s 40 years of experience in cancer control will be an invaluable asset.
Three VCCC Alliance nurses featured in AJCN special issue
The Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing (AJCN) has produced a special issue featuring three research initiatives emerging from the VCCC Alliance Nurse-Led Research Hub.
In 2020, three nurses from VCCC Alliance member organisations were recipients of competitively awarded funding of $50,000 each to lead a multi-site nurse led research project, with a focus on improving the quality and safety of care for people affected by cancer.
Consumer-driven workshop puts patients at the centre
Identifying the gaps in breast cancer research may provide the key to innovative approaches and new ways to improve the outcomes for patients affected by breast cancer.
During July, representatives from the VCCC Alliance and a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals and breast cancer advocates from the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) were brought together by the Breast Cancer R&E leads Professor Bruce Mann and Dr Belinda Yeo.
Three new emerging leaders are on the path to discovery
The 2021 winners of the prestigious Picchi Awards have added their names to an honour board already littered with successful scientists.
As we celebrate our newest crop of Picchi Award winners, we checked in with the winner of the 2017 Picchi Award in Clinical Science, the newly appointed Associate Professor Kathryn Field, to reflect on her remarkable journey thus far.