Learning about life on the other side
Keeping in touch with colleagues; to learn, network and understand first-hand what’s going on in the world is important to Australian health professionals. This year, I went to just one meeting in Germany before it became clear that travel was ill-advised. Within hours, my forward schedule bore no resemblance to previous years and nor will it for the foreseeable future.
But COVID-19 has not halted information sharing; it has accelerated it on a massive scale. Last week the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) first-ever virtual annual meeting attracted over 61,000 registrations from 140 countries.
New resources and training
Cancer clinical trials are experiencing a delivery revolution; adopting the teletrial model to implement trials across multiple sites.
Teletrials provide an opportunity to investigate rare cancers, widen patient recruitment and increase patient population diversity. Generally, they enable clinical trials to be opened at a primary clinical trial site in addition to singular or multiple satellite sites, including metro and regional locations.
Is delayed cancer diagnosis a consequence of COVID-19?
Some countries have reported a 40 per cent decline in cancer cases at the peak of COVID-19, but an early GP visit means hospitals can prioritise care and capacity for cancer patients.
In a report just published, Professor Maarten IJzerman and Professor Jon Emery of the VCCC maintain that diagnostic delays for new cancer patients could significantly affect survival of patients during COVID times with a commensurate impact on health service capacity required to deal with later stage cancers.
Cancer care is safe
A new social media campaign has been launched as part of a joint initiative from Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance, Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium and Cancer Council Victoria.
Connecting researchers with community
Professor Frederic Hollande, Deputy Head of the Department of Clinical Pathology and group lead in the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research, is leading an initiative to bring Honours students and consumer representatives together to highlight the importance of consumer engagement and why it is vital at all levels of research.
Acknowledgement for expertise and effort
Consumers have a significant impact on VCCC projects and programs. In recognition, VCCC is introducing recompense in acknowledgement of consumer contribution and expertise.
SiteDocs in 17 clinical trial sites
The VCCC is generating new clinical trial capacity by improving efficiency, quality and consistency of clinical trial management.
The VCCC Building Capacity through Efficiency Program has successfully delivered several outcomes, including clinical trial site network development across metro and regional locations.
Increasing equity of care and providing easier access to cancer clinical trials
Physical distancing practices have accelerated alternative approaches to the care of patients with cancer, highlighting sustainable opportunities for future provision of cancer services in Victoria.
Cancer clinical trials are also experiencing a delivery revolution; adopting the teletrial model to implement trials across multiple sites.
Join a dynamic team in an exciting and progressive senior role
The collective expertise and skills represented in the VCCC alliance mean that our organisation can make a difference to the way clinical trials are conducted in Victoria. In the past two years much has changed on the clinical trials landscape and the impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare delivery will add a further dimension to this constantly evolving area.
We would like to speak with you if you have a collaborative mindset and the passion to address areas of need in clinical trial activity across Victoria.
Telehealth holds up under scrutiny
Telehealth has become a vital tool for the care and safety of cancer patients during COVID-19 and has highlighted a variety of sustainable opportunities for the future provision of cancer services in Victoria.
Latest data derived from the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network’s (VCCN) Telehealth Expert Group chaired by Associate Professor Zee Wan Wong, Director of Oncology at Peninsula Health, indicates that 100 percent of Victoria’s health services are now using telehealth to maintain appropriate care for cancer patients.
Major research awards are offered from VCCC and MPCCC
The next generation of cancer research will be boosted with awards being offered through Victoria's leading cancer centres. The Picchi Award for Excellence in Cancer Research supports outstanding PhD students in the disciplines of basic science, clinical science and population health.
The Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) inaugural Award for Outstanding Cancer Research will recognise the achivements of innovative and impactful Victorian mid-career cancer researchers.
Celebratory year coincides with global pandemic
2020 is Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year, designated by the World Health Organisation as the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
In this proposed year of acknowledgement and celebration, some nurses are being more challenged, are learning more, and are more publicly valued than ever.
Socially distanced Grand Round
The VCCC Grand Round Breast Cancer is a fortnightly meeting to showcase current research in breast cancer and to educate, stimulate and encourage collaborations.
The meeting is part of the VCCC’s Research and Education Lead Breast Cancer program, and presentations are currently being delivered via Webinar with large attendances. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 May.