It’s a difficult diagnosis that most of us have been affected by in some way, either personally or through a family member or friend. Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia, with almost 50,000 deaths from cancer estimated for 2019. It’s also estimated that one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, with the disease costing more than $4.5 billion in direct health system costs.
With this significant challenge in mind, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) was established with the financial backing of investors such as Christian Super, through AMP Community Infrastructure.
The VCCC is a multi-site, multi-disciplinary cancer hospital and research centre located in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, Victoria. This centre is a unique alliance of 10 leading Victorian cancer organisations working together to save lives through the integration of cancer research, education, treatment and patient care. The VCCC focuses on improving the quality of life for cancer patients, as well as supporting innovative research programs to tackle this devastating disease.
Opened in June 2016, the facility links to other significant partners in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Royal Women’s Hospital and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. VCCC facilities and programs enable some of Victoria’s best and brightest minds to work collaboratively to advance cancer research, care and education desperately needed in our communities and globally.
Four key benefits that the VCCC aims to deliver:
- High-impact research that delivers major breakthroughs in cancer. The VCCC Research Program aims to address this benefit.
- Reduced burden of cancer on patients, the community and the economy. The program areas of Living with Cancer and Prevention & Survival seek to provide this benefit.
- Consistent delivery of optimal evidence-based cancer care. The Clinical Programs of the VCCC were established to help deliver this benefit.
- A sustainable, high calibre workforce of international standing. The Leaders in Cancer Strategy and the Education and Training Programs will help to provide this benefit into the future.
Alliance partners include: The University of Melbourne, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health, 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, Austin Health, and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.
For more information, visit the VCCC website.