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16 Sep 2019
6pm for 7pm start

VCCC Research Conference Dinner

Thanks to the generous support from our sponsors, we are pleased to invite you a very special evening at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins featuring Olivia Newton-John.

Conference dinner

VCCC Research Conference Dinner

This three-course networking dinner promises to provide a forum to make meaningful connections that will live beyond the event itself.

Program features:
  • Brian Nankervis, Master of Ceremonies
  • Olivia Newton-John OBE, AC in conversation with Professor Jonathon Cebon, ONJCRI
  • The Honourable John Brumby in conversation with Professor Grant McArthur, VCCC
  • Special guest entertainment from the Young Australian Broadway Chorus at Stage School Australia

Included for all registered conference delegates

Guest tickets:

Can be purchased for an additional cost of $170 per person

Please note the Conference Dinner has limited availability. Book now via the conference website to avoid disappointment.


Dinner program
From 5pm
  • Networking drinks and poster viewing
Commencing at 7pm
  • Opening performance, Stage School Australia
  • Master of Ceremonies, Brian Nankervis
  • Official Welcome, Professor Linda Kristjanson
  • Entrée
  • Fireside chat with The Hon. John Brumby
  • Main course
  • Olivia Newton-John in conversation with
    Professor Jonathon Cebon, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute
  • Dessert


Brian Nankervis, Master of ceremonies

Brian Nankervis was a primary teacher who fled the classroom to become a waiter at theatre restaurant, The Last Laugh. He was a writer/performer on the hospital soap opera ‘Let The Blood Run Free’ and a regular on ‘Hey Hey It’s Saturday’ as the tortured street poet Raymond J Bartholomeuz. For the last twelve years, Brian’s been writing, producing and co-hosting the SBS music quiz show, ‘RocKwiz’. An experienced MC for a wide variety of public events and corporate functions, Brian regularly performs one-hour poetry show in schools when he’s not on The Friday Revue.


Young Australian Broadway Chorus

The Young Australian Broadway Chorus (YABC ) is a dynamic, specialised musical theatre course for 8 -18 year olds, providing an exciting mix of tuition and onstage performance. With a focus on developing performance skills, members enjoy weekly rehearsals in acting, song, and dance at locations across Melbourne. The YABC perform across Australia and internationally

 Thank you to our platinum sponsor