The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) was established in 2009 and is a powerful alliance of ten successful Victorian organisations committed to cancer control: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health (including The Royal Melbourne Hospital), The University of Melbourne, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, The Royal Women’s Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Western Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (including St Vincent’s Institute), Austin Health (including the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and Austin Lifesciences) and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Based in Parkville, Victoria the VCCC was built for cancer research, treatment, care and education. The cost of the facility was $1 billion.
Professor Grant McArthur, Executive Director of the VCCC was appointed in April 2017.
The key elements of effective cancer control and care that the VCCC will address are:
- Cancer prevention
- Early detection of cancer
- Cancer treatment and management
- Cancer patient experience
- Cancer research and its translation
- Cancer education and training
- Cancer information.
The VCCC have engaged in program activities which include:
- Research Programs
- Living with Cancer
- Prevention and Survival
- Clinical Programs
- Leaders in Cancer Strategy
- Education and Training
- Progress & Achievements
- Molecular Tumour Board
- Research & Education Lead Program
August 3, 2017 – Voluntary Assisted Dying
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.
The legislation needs to progress through the formal avenues in parliament and the VCCC is not taking an active role in the process.
Central to high quality care for cancer patients as they approach the end of life is access to skilled care to enable death that minimises pain and both physical and psychological suffering of patients. Support of patients’ families and carers is also an important aspect of patient care.
August 9, 2017 – Nursing research alliance proposed to tackle optimising patient care
The importance of health services research is central to the McKeon Review of Health and Medical Research and has been recognised by the MRFF. As nurses provide the majority of a patient’s hospital care, nursing underpins the quality of patient experience and outcomes. Nurses constantly question and seek to improve practices, but a lack of a research culture in the nursing sector, the degree of clinical workload and lack of institutional support for nursing practice research limit the requisite structured investigational studies. 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. Senior nursing executives across all VCCC partners have confirmed their desire to enhance nurse-led research and a plan to enhance nursing research capability has been prioritised in the VCCC strategic research plan.
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