Read, discover and understand progress, achievements and outcomes of cancer research, education and clinical care delivered by the VCCC, our alliance members, supporters and partners.
The next generation of cancer research has been given a boost with three VCCC PhD students receiving this year’s Picchi Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research at an award ceremony on 9 July.
It has been inspiring to see so many partner organisations and individuals recognised with a variety of prestigious awards and accolades in the past month or so.
Immunotherapy is very much on the mainstream agenda this week as I return from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, with a number of headline stories making the news internationally.
Announcing five new VCCC Research & Education Lead
A foundation principle of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is that, as an alliance, we are greater than the sum of our parts. Translating this into real-world practicality requires more than traditional collaboration. It demands strong, collegiate leadership and strategic, systematised ways of working across organisational boundaries and disciplines.
What if there was a new approach to clinical trials that addressed pragmatic clinical questions and was far more cost effective than traditional clinical trials?
And what if these trials could be conducted using ‘real world’ patients, rather than the selective populations often used in conventional clinical trials, thereby providing answers that could be readily applied to everyday clinical settings?
Dr Kylie Mason appointed new Chair of VCCC Cancer Education and Training Advisory Committee
As the VCCC alliance embarks on a period of rapid expansion and development, success relies on our ability to create and implement better ways of working together to overcome cancer. Such a complex and ambitious task requires strong and dedicated leadership across all aspects of our comprehensive cancer agenda.
I was reminded of the extraordinary workforce that exists across the alliance when visiting our partner organisations to share the VCCC Strategic Research Plan (SRP) this month.
A novel approach to better predicting breast cancer risk using mammography and collaborations
How do you calculate risk for breast cancer? Dr Kevin Nguyen from the University of Melbourne is developing better predictors of breast cancer risk, establishing novel ways of interpreting mammograms.
On the road to reaching a shared goal
Andrew Freeman, a researcher in cancer immunology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is the recipient of the inaugural Steer North VCCC PhD Research Scholarship.
On 22 March the US-Australia Cancer Moonshot Roundtable was held in Canberra. Professor Sean Grimmond from the Centre for Cancer Research at University of Melbourne and I attended with representatives from the US National Cancer Institute.
Commitment to providing outstanding learning and development opportunities for the cancer research workforce
Eleven senior post-doctoral researchers have been awarded fully funded places in the highly regarded Victorian Consortium for Health and Biomedical Research Development Progr
Congratulations and thanks to new working party members and the current leadership team of Foundations of Cancer
The VCCC is committed to supporting the continual professional development of the cancer care workforce across the alliance. Strong education and training programs are vital for the rapid introduction and uptake of evidence and best practice into care, and to provide a workforce skilled in the generation, interpretation and application of new knowledge.
Kathryn Field won a Picchi Award in 2017, just one week after handing in her PhD thesis
“Finishing the thesis and then winning the award gave me a great sense of achievement. Research is a hard slog; an award is tangible recognition and inspiration to get back to that slog.”
Congratulations to all candidates from VCCC partner organisations shortlisted for the Premier’s Award and conducting cancer related research
The Premier's Award is awarded annually to recognise the exceptional contributions made by early career health and medical researchers in their PhD studies. Category award winners receive $5,000 each and the overall Excellence Award winner receives additional $15,000.
Professor Maarten J. IJzerman to lead research into Victoria’s cancer healthcare system
Following an extensive international search, health services and technology expert, Professor Maarten J. IJzerman (pictured) has been appointed Chair of Cancer Health Services Research. This prestigious position has been established by the University of Melbourne and Western Health, as part of their contribution to the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Leaders in Cancer Strategy.
Conference Wrap Up by convenor, Associate Professor Michael Jefford
The 2nd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference hosted by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre was held on the 8-9 February at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne.
VCCC staff expands to support delivery of Strategic Research Plan
With 19 programs of work to execute within the VCCC Strategic Research Plan, we have made a number of key contract appointments to provide the backbone support needed to ensure their successful delivery.
Supporting the continual professional development of the cancer care workforce
The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching is designed to broaden the skills of professionals who deliver clinical education, this one-year part time course hones transferable skills and knowledge to make teaching more efficient, enjoyable and effective.
Regional Oncology Leads appointed
There remains a significant gap between outcomes for cancer patients in rural, regional and remote areas versus metropolitan areas. Despite efforts by health services and governments in recent decades, the five-year survival rate for patients in regional Victoria sits at 65 per cent compared to 69 per cent in metropolitan areas*. To help address this disparity, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) alliance has appointed two new Regional Oncology Leads charged with boosting access for regional patients to best-practice cancer research, treatment, care and importantly - clinical trials.
With incidence continuing to rise, cancer will touch the lives of most Australians
Community representatives came together with by renowned doctors from Australia and the UK to learn, share and discuss personal experiences, current trends in cancer prevention, care, treatment and research, and how we can all play a part in shaping the way forward.
Highlights from the VCCC Inaugural Research Conference
From 17 – 19 September, over 500 attendees, including 12 international and 62 Australian speakers, converged on five sites across Melbourne for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre’s Inaugural Research Conference.
Supporting a talented student to undertake cancer research
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is extremely proud to announce the Steer North VCCC PhD Scholarship at The University of Melbourne, made possible by a generous donation by Steer North.
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance (VCCC) recognises that voluntary assisted dying is a complex issue with diverse views held in the medical and broader community on the introduction of medically assisted dying into Victoria through the Assisted Dying Bill.
Nursing research alliance proposed to tackle optimising patient care
The appointment of the VCCC Research & Education Lead in Cancer Nursing, Prof Mei Krishnasamy, seeks to address this deficit in nursing research and enhance collaborative studies through the aegis of the alliance partners.