Can competition and cooperation co-exist?
As an alliance of major public hospitals, medical research institutes and academia, the 10 members of the VCCC share commonality of purpose and a commitment - cemented in a joint venture agreement - to work together towards better outcomes for Victorian cancer patients. At the same time, the nature of medical research...
The Next Wave in Cancer Research
The VCCC Research Conference is a premier calendar event for Australia’s cancer workforce. #VCCCcon19 will bring together some of the best minds, biggest ideas and latest research in a dynamic and thought-provoking conference, 16-17 September at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Victoria has some of the best cancer survival rates in the world, and the reasons why will be a feature of the conference.
The genomics revolution is here. Well almost.
For cancer patients, genomics can refine diagnoses and guide choices of therapeutic interventions to more precisely treat disease and minimise unnecessary interventions. State and federal governments are investing funds and developing new policies and frameworks to guide and prioritise development in this area.
What is a Research Radiation Oncology Medical Physicist?
The role of the radiation oncology medical physicist is to ensure therapy radiation doses are delivered accurately, optimally and within a quality assured environment. The physicist must understand the technology, equipment, computers, algorithms and regulations to ensure safe operation and quality of systems for the treatment of patients.
Flexible online learning
Nicole Webb, Albury Wodonga Health Cancer Care Coordinator, and clinical research nurse with the Border Medical Oncology Research Unit fits a lot into her day. Her schedule includes work, a family and study for a Master of Cancer Sciences part-time online.
Development program underway
Nurses from VCCC clinical partners are taking part in a research training program on Thursdays and Fridays each week. The new 12-week program releases nurses from their regular role to join with peers to learn about nurse-led research and to grow their research capability. During the program, nurses will learn how to develop a research question; search and critique literature; understand implementation science research designs; and how to design and plan a project.
A clinical trials improvement
The SiteDocs Portal is a document management platform that enables collaborative, cost-effective compliance of regulatory requirements at clinical trial sites. The VCCC is supporting the implementation of SiteDocs Portal into 15 clinical trial sites across our members and collaborators to promote efficiencies.
Congratulations to Thobe Mthethwa
Thobe Mthethwa from Parkville Cancer Clinical Trials Unit has won the Skin & Cancer Foundation Clinical Trials Coordinator award 2019. She is pictured above with VCCC Clinical Trials program staff. Thobe joined the oncology/haematology trials unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2014 and transitioned into the Parkville Cancer Clinical Trials Unit when it formed in 2016.
Local and regional connections
The VICS conference held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in May was a vibrant forum to connect and network with colleagues in the cancer field.
As a sponsor of the event we were able to introduce many new people - especially from regional Victoria - to the work of the alliance and to the opportunities available to the broader cancer workforce and networks across the state, enabled by our 10 member alliance.
Applications are open for 2019
Excellence, dedication and innovation in public health, health services and service initiatives that deliver informed and effective healthcare.
The Awards reflect priority areas in healthcare identified by the government and focus on the sectors' ability to drive change and improve health outcomes for all Victorians. They recognise leadership and excellence in the provision of publicly-funded healthcare for the Victorian community.
Congratulations to scholarship winnersManaging teams and processes in a demanding, fast-paced environment is challenging and people-management is often quoted by senior leaders as one of the most difficult aspects of their job. During May a group of talented researchers embarked on a VCCC-sponsored leadership program to assist them to transition from their current roles as researchers and research managers into effective leaders of research teams.