We filled the Woodward Conference Centre at Melbourne Law School to bring together leaders from all VCCC alliance members. More than 80 alliance leaders contributed to the next strategic plan and business case for consideration in the Victorian Budget 2020/2021.
Chair of the VCCC Board, Professor Linda Kristjanson opened the meeting and acknowledged the important strides the alliance has made during the four-year funding period.
Since the first strategic research plan launched in October 2016, new and innovative programs have been mobilised in clinical trials, education and professional development, regional oncology, cancer genomics, cancer immunotherapy, new specialist centres of excellence, primary care and cancer survivorship, nurse-led research, consumer engagement and more.
New strategic plan by year end
The VCCC's ability to engage and involve people working across a wide range of disciplines is what makes the organisation special. Consultations enable us to consider a range of ideas that focus our energies on being better together.
Chair of the VCCC Cancer Research Advisory Committee, Professor Andrew Roberts provided leadership in the recent consultation, assisting participants to structure thinking and suggestions around VCCC prioritising and guiding principles.
A prioritising principle is something that incorporates an unmet need – something that would not necessarily be tackled easily by an individual member organisation. A guiding principle would be something that really builds capacity – not only within the alliance but more broadly.
Within the current strategic research plan there are a mix of initiatives, some of which require systemic change and investment over an extended period, and therefore might be viewed as being more challenging. Examples include prevention strategies incorporating precision medicine and data linkage to enable transformative informatics research.
These initiatives sit alongside projects identified as reaching goals and being achievable in the short-term; where the opportunity going forward is to continue to harness individual talent across the VCCC alliance and amplify it.
Town Hall meetings gathering feedback
Ideas and suggestions emerging from consultations have been shared as we move into details of the strategic plan and potential new programs.
VCCC Town Hall meetings have been held at different locations to hear from champions of proposed activities; get some feedback on the ideas being formulated and identify any further gaps and opportunities.
- What is next in workforce development, health economics, technology and data?
- What are the bold moves we can make in cancer prevention and early detection?
- How do we build transformative research environments?
- What about childhood cancers and clinical trials?