Building parity into performance
This month began with a visit to the annual Lorne Cancer Conference. Congratulations to all who have shared in the 30-year history of the meeting, and to the organising committee for yet another successful event. It was great to see strong representation from throughout the alliance and to share conversations and learnings across the cancer spectrum.
Investigator-initiated Trial Capacity Building Program
More than 6,000 patients with cancer in Victoria, across Australia and overseas are to benefit from four new clinical trial projects through the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre’s (VCCC) Investigator-Initiated Trial Capacity Building Program. Victorian patients with blood; colorectal; lung or breast cancers, and some advanced-stage cancers will gain access to pivotal clinical trials through the program. The four projects encompass oncological disciplines not often associated with clinical trials: radiotherapy, palliative care, surgery and anaesthetics.
Developing workforce capacity in clinical trials
The VCCC SKILLED internship program has begun with the first cohort of Clinical Trials Assistant Interns completing their induction last week and beginning their placements this week. Ten interns are gaining training in regulation, management, clinical practice, ethics, budgets and contracts on-the-job in clinical trials units from Fitzroy to Albury Wodonga. Thanks to the Parkville Cancer Clinical Trials Unit for contributing to the induction training.
Survey to identify barriers for adolescents and young adults (AYAs)
Do you have current experience or anticipate a future need to write or review investigator-initiated cancer clinical trial protocols? If so, we would value your input to our survey to understand the barriers to including adolescents and young adults, aged 15-25 years (AYAs) in trials. What are your views and what can be done to deliver change? The information will be used to develop targeted processes and guidelines to assist with the establishment of cancer clinical trials that are more equitable (available and accessible) for AYAs.
Nurse-led Research Partnership Posts - applications now open
A new opportunity has been established to encourage nurses to play a greater role in research. As part of the VCCC Nurse-led Research Hub (the Hub) initiative, nurses from VCCC clinical member organisations can apply for a partnership post where they will be supported to develop a range of skills to get them research-ready. Successful candidates' time will be backfilled to enable them to complete the new 12-week research training program. Prof Mei Krishnasamy, VCCC Chair of Cancer Nursing at University of Melbourne and VCCC Program Manager Natasha Moloczij are meeting with nurses across the alliance to promote the opportunity.
Applications are now open for a Liaison Officer Clinical Trials Awareness and a Data Linkage Project Officer
Both roles are full time and support the VCCC's clinical trials capacity building programs.
Thursday 21 March
This forthcoming symposium will gather key opinion leaders together to discuss current research and future directions in leukaemia treatment and will be facilitated by Professor Andrew Roberts and Associate Professor Andrew Wei, with special guest Professor Bob Löwenberg.
Australia's first Master of Cancer Sciences program now underway
Last month, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the University of Melbourne launched an Australian-first; our new online Master of Cancer Sciences program, in the company of its many collaborators. Students are now underway with the first subject Foundations of Cancer, facilitated by two of the VCCC’s leading scientists, subject development coordinator Dr Joep Vissers and tutor Dr Holly Barker, with contributions from over 30 subject matter experts.
Expressions of interest - Drug Development and Discovery working party
Are you interested in sharing your considerable knowledge in drug development and discovery to help shape the subject within Australia's first Master of Cancer Sciences program? Expressions of interest are now open to join the subject working party, providing the opportunity to work alongside peers across the VCCC to benefit the next generation of cancer specialists. Subject savvy and a sleeves-rolled-up approach will be highly regarded within this committed, dynamic group.
Applications close Tuesday 12 March 2019
Are you an individual who is passionate about education in a healthcare setting? The VCCC is currently seeking an Education Development Coordinator to assist with the planning, development, promotion, delivery, evaluation and review of face-to-face and online educational projects and programs arising out of the VCCC Education and Training Program.
Talented senior postdoc researchers and junior lab heads sought
Researchers from across the VCCC alliance are encouraged to apply for one of 10 scholarships worth $2,000 each. Delivered by progressive and dynamic leadership development group Marlow Hampshire, the four-day program has been designed specifically to assist the transition of researchers and current research managers into effective leaders of research teams within the culture of a research institute or research group. Applications close Monday 11 March 2019.
MBS Leading for Organisation Impact: The Looking Glass Experience program
You may not be there yet, but do you have a track record and aspirations to take on a leadership role to help influence your organisation? Designed by the Center for Creative Leadership and delivered by Melbourne Business School, this five-day program will help you progress from everyday management tasks to impacting your whole organisation - making tough calls, trade-offs and bridging gaps. A scholarship for this program, valued at $12,000, is offered in honour of Jo Leonard, a longstanding member of the Melbourne Business School, supported by Jo's family. The program can be undertaken in August, October or November this year and is open to female employees of VCCC alliance members.
Submit your abstract by Friday 22 March
All cancer postdocs in Victoria are encouraged to attend the 3rd VCCC Postdoctoral Symposium: New Frontiers in Cancer Research. Abstracts are now sought for this meeting which will fill quickly. Send abstracts now to share achievements in all aspects of cancer research: basic biology, translational research, molecular pathology, bioinformatics, stem cells, epigenetics, clinical trials, genomic and immunology. Don’t miss out! Closes Friday 22 March.
Applications close Monday 25 March
We are currently seeking a casual Subject Co-Coordinator in the Cancer Research subject for the Master of Cancer Sciences. You will supervise a teaching assistant and support a tutorial group of up to 25 online graduate students. This will involve familiarisation around content, announcements, online invigilation of the student discussion fora, consultation and monitoring of student engagement, delivery of webinars, assessment grading and evaluation and quality improvement activities. Applications close COB Monday 25 March.
Applications close Monday 25 March
We are currently seeking a casual Teaching Assistant/Tutor in the Cancer Research subject for the Master of Cancer Sciences. You will support a tutorial group of up to 25 online graduate students. This will be a casual position, on an as required basis, with an estimated workload of 5-7 hours per week for 13 weeks during the Term 1 teaching period. The position reports to the Cancer Research Subject Co-Coordinators. Applications close COB Monday 25 March.
Future of Cancer Survivorship: Evolution or Revolution?
Many individuals from VCCC member organisations will be heading north at the end of the month to join with interstate colleagues and networks for the fourth national Cancer Survivorship Conference to be held at Rydges World Square in Sydney. Congratulations to all who are showcasing valuable work.