COVID-19 will hasten change to new models of care
As we look toward the next phase in our response to COVID-19, I have been reflecting on the importance of the courage to take risks as a leadership attribute. We can all think of a time in our lives when we have hesitated, uncertain of the future, yet by moving forward we arrive at our destination wiser and more resilient.
The past few weeks have been especially challenging for those directly involved in patient care...
Better collection and use of data than ever before
The VCCC Data-Driven Research Program is building upon infrastructure, linked data, and expertise of the alliance to create a research-ready data platform to drive the next generation of advances in cancer care.
Historically, health data has been siloed in separate systems, generally collected for single-use and bound by complexities in governance and challenges of linkage which has prevented its use for effective, scalable health services research.
Who do you think you are? Overcoming imposter syndrome
Imposter syndrome is a term used to describe the feelings of being a fraud or not up to the task. It is common in life to occasionally feel as though we are out of our depth. This can be a good thing and focuses our attention on learning and the productive ways that we can do better in the future. But imposter syndrome can present a roadblock to a bright career and in a workplace it may mean that some of the best ideas never see the light of day.
Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN)
Since March this year, the VCCC has been working with Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) on a collaborative project known as the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN).
As a workforce-led initiative, this has provided an agile response to the rapidly evolving issues created by the pandemic, affecting everything from treatment guidelines to staff wellbeing.
Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN) Telehealth Expert Working Group
Cass Beer, Research Officer and Project Manager from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Genevieve Johnston, Project Officer and Dietician, Northern Health joined the VCCC in August in a joint secondment to assist the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN) Telehealth Expert Working Group.
Teletrials as a means to increase regional clinical trial participation
Two new papers, Teletrials: implementation of a new paradigm for clinical trials and Exploring Australian regional cancer patients' experiences of clinical trial participation via telemedicine technology have been published in The Medical Journal of Australia (The MJA) and Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare respectively.
Both papers highlight why teletrials are a key factor in efforts to reduce the mortality gap between patients with cancer in regional and rural areas and those in metropolitan areas, and how the VCCC's Teletrials program has overcome some of the long standing barriers to clinical trial participation.
Applications by Sunday 6 September
We are seeking a Teaching Assistant, Level A, for a casual role for 13 weeks during the Term 4 teaching period with an estimated workload of around 5-7 hours per week.
This opportunity requires an enthusiastic scientist with educational experience to take on the support of an online community of clinicians and researchers.
Clinical Directors expert group makes recommendations
Essential cancer surgery and screening procedures will continue in Victoria’s public hospitals following the Victorian government’s rapid response to advice from the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network’s (VCCN) Clinical Directors expert group.
Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services released a policy in mid-July that will enable surgical procedures necessary for cancer screening, diagnostics and treatment for the five most common cancers (colorectal, prostate, breast, melanoma and lung) and head and neck cancers to remain operational, despite a 75% reduction quota in elective surgeries.