Strategic Program Steering Groups

A foundation principle of the VCCC is that, as an alliance, we are greater than the sum of our parts.

Expert steering groups play a key role in leading the implementation and delivering the objectives of the programs that form the VCCC Strategic Program Plan 2021-24, liaising and building synergies between the programs and working collaboratively with the VCCC program management team.

VCCC Strategic Program Steering Group Members

Program 1: Data Linkage

Link clinical, biological, genomic and patient outcomes data to enable discoveries

Co-Chairs

 

Prof Jon Emery                  

University of Melbourne

Dr Anna Collins 

St Vincent's Hospital

Members

 

Prof Douglas Boyle

University of Melbourne

Dr Belinda Lee  

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

A/Prof Ian Collins

South West Health Care

Dr Meredith Layton 

University of Melbourne

A/Prof Niall Corcoran

Royal Melbourne Hospital

Maureen Turner

BioGrid Australia

Dr Belinda Yeo

Austin Health

Dr Dishan Herath 

Western Health 

Prof Sue Evans 

Cancer Council Victoria 

Karen Botting 

Department of Health 

Sheila Patel

Consumer 

David Attwood  

Consumer  

Sophy Athan (Ex-officio CCAC Chair)

Consumer

Prof Maarten IJzerman (Ex-officio)

University of Melbourne

Program 2: Personalised Cancer Care

Drive the translation of cancer biology to 21st century personalised cancer care, prioritising new technologies and low survival cancers

Co-Chairs

 

Prof Sean Grimmond

University of Melbourne

A/Prof Paul Neeson 

Peter McCallum Cancer Centre

Members

 

A/Prof Jeanne Tie

Western Health

Prof Stephen Fox

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Prof Geoff Lindeman

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Dr Seong Lin Khaw

Royal Children’s Hospital

A/Prof Niall Corcoran

Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr Damien Kee

Austin Health

Dr Javier Torres

Goulburn Valley Health

Dr Daniel Croagh

Monash Health

A/Prof Belinda Parker

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Hang Quach

St Vincent’s Hospital

Dr Sophie Broughton

Department of Health

Les Leckie

Consumer

Kathy Minas

Consumer

Prof Melissa Southey (Ex-officio)

Monash University

A/Prof Jayesh Desai (Ex-officio)

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 

Program 3: Accelerate Novel Therapies

Accelerate the development of novel therapies 

Co-Chairs

 

A/Prof Jayesh Desai

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

A/Prof Kara Britt

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Members

 

Dr Ben Tran

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

A/Prof Hui Gan

Austin Health

Dr Matthew Ku

St Vincent's Hospital

Dr Catherine Oakman

Western Health

Dr Jim Whittle

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

A/Prof Philip Campbell

Barwon Health

Dr Diane Hanna

Royal Children’s Hospital

Dr Sophia Frentzas

Monash Health

Dr Jacqui Waterkeyn

Orygen

Shaun O'Connor

Department of Health

Natalie Diepenhorst

Consumer 

Lisa Keam

Consumer

Program 4: Clinical Trial Innovation

Drive an innovative, high-performance clinical trial sector through capacity building 

Co-Chairs

 

Prof Peter Gibbs

Western Health

Marian Lieschke

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 

Members

 

Sweet Ping Ng

Austin Health

Prof Bruce Mann

Royal Women’s Hospital

Prof Jennifer Phillip

St Vincent’s Hospital

Dr Lea-Anne Harrison

Barwon Health

Heike Raunow

Western Health

A/Prof Nik Zeps

Epworth

Amy Shelley

Cancer Council Victoria

Dr Sophie Broughton

Department of Health

Dr Jacqui Waterkeyn

Orygen

Anne Woollett

Alfred Health

Wendy Benson

Consumer

Kathleen Wilkins

Consumer

Program 5: Value Based Cancer Care

Implement data-driven value-based cancer services 

Co-Chairs

 

Prof Maarten IJzerman

University of Melbourne

A/Prof Karla Gough

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Members

 

Prof Trish Livingston

Deakin University

Colin Hornby

Department of Health

Dr Richard Khor

Austin Health

Prof Wendy Chapman

University of Melbourne

Dr Dishan Herath

Western Health

Prof Christobel Saunders, AO

University of Western Australia

Prof Peter Gibbs

Western Health

Prof Alexander Heriot

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Bishma Jayathilaka

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Prof Jon Emery

University of Melbourne

Dr Craig Underhill

Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre

Prof Daniel Samson

University of Melbourne

Keith Donohoe

Consumer

Andrea Selleck

Consumer

Program 7: Improving Regional Outcomes

Fast track innovations in regions with poorest cancer outcomes 

Co-Chairs

 

Dr Craig Underhill

Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre

A/Prof Kate Burbury

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Members

 

A/Prof Ian Collins

South West Health Care

Dr Rob Blum

Bendigo Health

Dr Wasek Faisal

Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre 

Dr Arvind Sahu

Goulburn Valley Health

Dr David Campbell

Barwon Health

Donna Long

Regional Trials Network - Victoria

Kylie Shackleton

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Dayna Swiatek

Department of Health

Kahlia Fox

Royal Children’s Hospital

Prof David Wiesenfeld

Royal Melbourne Hospital

Prof Mark Shackleton

Alfred Health

Carolyn Rowan

Consumer

Sharan Ermel

Consumer

Program 8: Health Equity

Build on initiatives to meet the needs of vulnerable groups 

Co-Chairs

 

Prof Jennifer Philip

 St Vincent's Hospital

Indigenous R & E lead TBC

 

Members

 

Geraldine McDonald

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Dayna Swiatek

Department of Health

Kathy Quade

Western & Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service

Dr Alice Bergin

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

A/Prof Gavin Wright

St Vincent's Hospital

Dr Leanne Super

Royal Children's Hospital

Dr Cuong Do

Western Health

Dr Craig Underhill

Albury Wodonga Health

Prof Linda Mileshkin

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Stacey Panozzo

St Vincent's Hospital

Jo Cockwill

Consumer 

Melissa Sheldon

Consumer

Program 9: Leadership Development

Develop leadership skills and empowerment of researchers, clinicians and consumers 

Co-Chairs

 

Prof Mei Krishnasamy

University of Melbourne

Dr Keely Bumsted O'Brien

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Members

 

Dr Elaine Sanij

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Sarah Russell

Swinburne University of Technology

Amanda Piper

Cancer Council Victoria

Dr Stephanie Best

Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Dr Kristi Milley

University of Melbourne

Dr Simone Reeves

Austin Health

Dr Riccarda Peters

University of Melbourne

Dr Rob Blum

Bendigo Health

A/Prof David Gyorki

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Spiri Galetakis

Department of Health

Michelle O'Sullivan

Consumer

George Kiossoglou

Consumer

Dr Kylie Mason (Ex-officio CETAC Chair)

Royal Melbourne Hospital 

Sophy Athan (Ex-officio CCAC Chair)

Consumer 

Program 10: Digital Oncology Learning Hub

Build a state-wide oncology learning hub leveraging Victoria’s content and knowledge translation expertise

Co-Chairs

 

Dr David Kok

 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Jessica Balson

 Western Health

Members

 

A/Prof Caroline Owen

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Chris Williams

Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service

Dawn Choo

University of Melbourne

Dr Dinesh Raghu

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlman

University of Melbourne

A/Prof Ian Collins

South West Healthcare

A/Prof Justin Tse

University of Melbourne

Dr Jye Gard

Royal Children's Hospital

Prof Linda Mileshkin

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Liz Simkiss

Department of Health

Jane Auchettl

Cancer Council Victoria

Paul Baden

Consumer

Rochelle Serry

Consumer

Dr Kylie Mason (Ex-officio CETAC Chair)

Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr Sathana Dushyanthen (Ex-officio)

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre