Investment to improve cancer outcomes in Victoria’s regions
I was delighted to see the $125 million investment from the Australian Government budget for the Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure Program to improve access to clinical trials that are vital to reduce disparity in outcomes for rural and regional patients with cancer.
Within this, VCCC Regional Oncology Lead, Dr Craig Underhill will head an $18.6 million grant to Border Medical Oncology Research Unit and Regional Trials Network Victoria for the ReViTALISE Project to bridge the metro-regional trials gap by 2025. This investment builds on a great team effort in the VCCC Strategic Research Plan to innovate in the design and delivery of clinical trials in regional Victoria.
Cancer care on your iPhone - science fiction or strategic?
Did you know that in the United States, you can purchase Digital Doctor Gift Certificates? They can be bought in different dollar amounts, like a JB Hi-Fi or Bunnings gift card, only you exchange them for a video chat with a doctor via phone, tablet, or personal computer.
2021 applications close Wednesday 14 October
Clinical trials provide a vital link between scientific discovery and effective new therapies. With better funding, awareness, and access, the clinical trials sector in Australia is growing and provides exciting career opportunities for recent graduates.
Study development provides a good model for engagement
Learning that you have cancer can be a confronting and frightening experience, and the variation in prostate cancer treatment options can be particularly confusing for men, their families, and carers.
VCCC consumers are assisting researchers to understand the impacts of a diagnosis on those affected and how tests and treatments can be improved.
Learning and development opportunity
Whether you're a recent graduate, keen to extend your skills, take a leadership role or explore new ideas for quality improvement, the VCCC Nurse-led Research Hub educational webinars will give you the confidence to take on the challenges and improve competency at the same time.
Library of online resources
If you are studying, or work in any of the disciplines that relate to helping people overcome and be well with cancer, the VCCC has a library of online resources for you to learn more about research developments, clinical trials, psycho-social, and palliative care developments, and much more.
It is your ‘VCCC on-demand’ and provides free access to recordings of online educational webinars and collaborative events.
Subject Development Coordinators: Cancer Across the Lifespan
Do you have a degree in medicine, nursing, allied health, or the sciences? Do you have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching? We are looking for passionate educators to take overall responsibility for the design, implementation, and delivery of the Cancer Across the Lifespan subject (childbearing years, AYA, paediatric) within the new Master of Cancer Sciences program.
Strategies for dealing with moral stress
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria's health care workers are likely to encounter moral distress, anxiety, and regret arising from ethical challenges in cancer care.
Professor Clare Delany, Clinical Ethicist and Chair of the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN) Clinical Ethics Expert Advisory Group, explains that moral distress typically occurs when a clinician has to implement a decision made by somebody else, and which they believe is wrong. It is different to “ordinary” distress about a tragic situation, such as the death of a patient despite everyone’s best efforts. Moral anxiety refers to a state of being worried or afraid of a decision that may have to be made in the future, and moral regret refers to a feeling that an important value was not fulfilled.
Public awareness campaign to encourage people to clinic
Within a week, Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network campaign videos, encouraging doctor visits and referrals have been viewed by tens of thousands of people on social media.
The campaign was initiated as a response to recent data from Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Victoria that shows a significant drop in cancer pathology notifications, screening, appointments, and procedures during the pandemic.
The global MD Anderson conference comes virtually to Melbourne
Melbourne will host the annual international Global Academic Programs conference, presented in 2020 by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and MD Anderson Cancer Centre (Texas, USA).
The conference, with the theme: New Frontiers - Leading Inspired Cancer Care, will be held from Monday 16 November through to Thursday 19 November.