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Building Capability

Clinical trials benefit patients and advance our knowledge of treatment; providing high-quality healthcare evidence.

Growth in Victoria’s clinical trial capability enables our workforce to implement more cancer clinical trials in a broader range of disciplines. As a result, cancer patients have access to a diverse, range of clinical trials and a better chance of being eligible.

Our VCCC partners have established clinical trial structures and governance, this program seeks to develop our resources through:

  • Leadership development for identified disciplines requiring progress
  • Network creation for clinicians and healthcare professionals
  • Training and mentoring for new investigators
  • Clinical trial fellowships
  • Resources and workforce development opportunities

Proven infrastructure and governance delivers

Cancer clinical trials in Victoria are often conducted by VCCC alliance partners, including Western Health, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital and Austin Health.

This critical mass of successful clinical trial facilities and clinician researchers, have expertise across all phases of clinical trials, as well as proven infrastructure and established governance methods.

Expanding our clinical trials portfolio

To broaden and diversify clinical trials in Victoria, our activities will aim to provide tailored pathways. Clinicians from cancer related disciplines, other than medical oncology and haematology, have lacked opportunities to develop the expertise required to develop and run clinical trials.

Initially, we aim to establish clinical trials as routine practice within palliative care services. When feasible, this activity will be expanded into supportive care, surgical oncology, allied health, radiation oncology and other fields.

Clinical trial capability contact
Evelien Rosens, VCCC Program Manager
Phone: 03 8559 8583 Email: evelien.rosens@unimelb.edu.au

Palliative care clinical trials, a high priority

Palliative care has been identified as the first clinical discipline to be supported, with high-level support from the community and a large patient pool.

Our alliance partners’ clinical trials sites have leadership, expertise and experience in conducting a range of trials, encompassing areas such as cancer pain management, anorexia, cachexia, nausea and vomiting, constipation and breathlessness interventions.

The sites work collaboratively across Victoria to deliver quality clinical trials. A proven track record combined with excellent leadership has achieved rapid feasibility assessment, ethics and governance approval, as well as successful participant recruitment, all in the context of expert data management and reporting.

Palliative care clinical trials contacts

Professor Jennifer Philip, VCCC Chair of Palliative Medicine
Phone: 03 9231 1267 Email: jennifer.philip@svha.org.au

Associate Professor Brian Le, Director Palliative Care
Phone: 03 8559 7960 Email: brian.le@mh.org.au