Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network
Health professionals supporting health professionals during the pandemic
The Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN) was established in March 2020 in response to the challenges involved with managing cancer care amid the global health crisis. Its purposes are to provide support and advice to clinicians and health care services treating patients with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic; advocate for patient needs and support the cancer workforce across the state.
The VCCN was created as a joint initiative between the VCCC Alliance and Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC), with collaboration from the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services and Cancer Council Victoria and support from the Victorian Government.
The VCCN shares knowledge and experience, bringing together extensive knowledge from individual clinicians, government departments, institutions and patient advocacy groups across Victoria, Australia and internationally.
The VCCN is driven by clinicians who volunteer their time to contribute thus the activities of the VCCN continue to adapt and evolve with the demands and impact of the pandemic.
Led by the VCCN Taskforce, activities include:
- Guidance to optimise care for patients with cancer
- Curated information and updates for practitioners
- Forums for shared problem solving, support and conversations
- Expert groups in key areas including clinical directors, cancer nursing, telehealth and patient information
- E-news updates for network subscribers
- Cancer and COVID-19 education events and webinars
- Communications and advocacy
Membership of the VCCN is open to health professionals working with cancer patients. To join, please complete the registration form.
The VCCC Alliance and Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) have developed the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN), a collaboration platform to provide assistance and share documentation generally related to the care of patients with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
VCCN members must read and agree to the Terms & Conditions, and agree to independently verify the accuracy, credibility, validity and reliability of any information, document, recommendation, opinion, statement or otherwise contained on the VCCN. Members agree that the VCCC and MPCCC are not responsible for any outcome or result arising whatsoever from the information provided.
Members agree to comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) and must not disclose any Personal Information of another with respect to information shared on the VCCN and in connection with this Agreement except to the extent that such disclosure would not contravene any applicable Privacy Law. Members should consider their own circumstances and are encouraged to consider or seek professional advice on the matters in this Agreement and as published on the VCCN.
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