The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

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The Alliance

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is a multi-site, multi-disciplinary centre bringing together a critical mass of cancer experts dedicated to the use of new research discoveries to accelerate improvements in prevention, patient care and education on a large scale.

The VCCC program brings together ten leading Melbourne-based institutions, all working together to accelerate the control and cure of cancer: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health (including The Royal Melbourne Hospital), The University of Melbourne, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, The Royal Women’s Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Western Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (including St Vincent's Institute), Austin Health (including the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and Austin Lifesciences) and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

The VCCC aims to bolster the global competitiveness of these member organisations by creating a critical mass that can overcome the problems of scale and geography to attract international clinical trials.

Based on the world-class model for excellence of cancer centres in the United States, the VCCC strives to save lives through the integration of cancer research, education and patient care. Through innovation and collaboration, the VCCC will drive the next generation of improvements across key elements of effective cancer control and care, addressing:

  • Cancer prevention
  • Early detection of cancer
  • Cancer treatment and management
  • Cancer patient experience
  • Cancer research and its translation
  • Cancer education and training
  • Cancer information

Members of the VCCC:

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac)

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer and one of an elite group of cancer hospitals worldwide with embedded research laboratories, which are uniquely integrated with extensive clinical and cancer experiences research programs. Peter Mac
provides services through its main campus in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building in Parkville and sites in Bendigo, Box Hill, Moorabbin and Sunshine. Peter Mac treats more cancer patients each year than any other hospital in Australia and our highly skilled medical, nursing and allied health team is backed by the largest cancer research group in the country.

Melbourne Health (The Royal Melbourne Hospital)

Melbourne Health through The Royal Melbourne Hospital brings high quality cancer treatment programs, strong translational research, extensive surgical and medical expertise built on its strong foundation as a university teaching hospital. As one of the partner organisations in the Melbourne Brain Centre, the largest renal transplant service in the State and one of only two adult trauma
centres in Victoria, The Royal Melbourne Hospital also brings high quality medical specialty services and other key support services to cancer patients such as critical care and emergency medicine.

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne’s contribution is as Australia’s first ranked research university and medical school. The University brings academic and research expertise to the alliance, including modern teaching methods, health economics, molecular pathology research, population health, biostatistics, molecular epidemiology research, primary care networks and computing sciences.

The Royal Women's Hospital

The Royal Women’s Hospital is Australia’s oldest and largest hospital for women and newborns. The Women’s provides specialist cancer services for women with cancer, and conducts world leading research into the treatment and care of women with cancer, and the specific impacts of gender on cancer. A research innovator in fertility preservation, clinicians at the Women’s pioneered the world’s first ovarian tissue graft to the abdomen, restoring fertility to cancer survivors. The Women’s is also a global leader in research into menopause caused by cancer treatment.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Founded in 1915, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is Australia’s oldest medical research institute. Improving the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has been a research focus since the institute’s establishment. Institute discoveries have benefitted more than 20 million cancer patients worldwide. 

Today, 45 per cent of the institute’s research is focused on cancer, in particular cancers of the blood, breast, lung, ovary, bowel, stomach and pancreas. The institute’s multidisciplinary cancer researcher teams incorporate genomics, proteomics, structural biology, medicinal chemistry and personalised medicine. Through affiliations with other VCCC partner organisations, the institute’s clinician-scientists are working directly with patients to see this research translated to real clinical outcomes.

The Royal Children's Hospital

The RCH’s Children’s Cancer Centre is the largest partner in the Victorian Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services and a member of the Children’s Oncology Group. 

The Children’s Cancer Centre is the only provider of complex children's cancer care and stem cell transplantation in Victoria and is recognised as an international leader in the research and treatment of childhood cancer. It aims for the highest standards in diagnosis, research, treatment, and support. It comprises an inpatient ward, a day oncology unit, outpatient clinic area, and a research program with an active research laboratory headed by Associate Professor Paul Ekert through the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). The Children’s Cancer Centre is affiliated with the University of Melbourne and MCRI and actively participates in cancer clinical trials.

Western Health

Western Health manages one of the largest cancer services in Melbourne and is the largest provider of treatment for colorectal cancer and one of the leaders in the treatment of upper gastro-intestinal cancers with growing programs in breast and lung cancer. The Western region of Melbourne is an area of extreme cultural diversity, with rapidly growing numbers of young adults and a rapidly increasing aged population. Responding to this complexity is integral to overcoming future cancer challenges and driving the next generation of progress in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

St Vincent's Hospital and St Vincent's Institute

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne is a university teaching hospital. It is a mission based health service being especially committed to caring for people who are poor and vulnerable. There is comprehensive expertise across the continuum of cancer care, research and education. St Vincent’s is recognised for excellence in complex cancer surgery, it also manages 30 per cent of the state’s head and neck cancer patients and is the number one treatment centre in Victoria for sarcoma. There are state of the art on-site radiation therapy and chemotherapy facilities. In addition St Vincent’s is a leader in palliative care practice, research and education and houses the State- wide Psycho-oncology service. It is the largest metropolitan provider of hospital services to rural and regional Victorians. A third of St Vincent’s cancer patients are from non-metropolitan areas.

Austin Health, including Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute and Cancer and Wellness Centre

Austin Health is the major tertiary health service in Melbourne’s north-east. Austin Health is renowned for its specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation including a number of state-wide services.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and Cancer and Wellness Centre at Austin Health provides holistic cancer care, and conducts significant translational research and clinical trials including psycho-oncology research.

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Murdoch Children's Research Institute undertakes research into infant, child and adolescent health.  As the largest child health research institute in Australia, their 1500 researchers are working hard to translate the knowledge they create from our research into effective prevention, early intervention and treatments for children. The dedicated team investigate how cells function in healthy children and in those affected by disease. They also undertake research into how alterations in genes affect the health of children and work to uncover the genetic basis of disease to understand the causes and improve the management of genetic conditions.