Case study – The Precinct in action

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre – World-leading collaboration and facilities

Cancer is the largest disease burden in Victoria and the largest single cause of death in our community. It is expected that one in two Victorians will develop cancer in their lifetime and one in five will die from the disease. With this challenge in mind, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) was established.

The VCCC is an alliance of 10 leading Victorian cancer organisations and demonstrates the power of collaboration in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

It is the first comprehensive centre of its kind in Australia and aims to save lives through the integration of cancer research, education & patient care to create a world-class centre of excellence.

The new purpose-built facility opened in July 2016 by US Vice President, Joe Biden, and the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews. It includes a new home for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as well as new facilities for cancer research, education and clinical services.

The VCCC links to other Precinct Partners, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Royal Women’s Hospital and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

These world class facilities place many of Victoria’s best and brightest cancer minds side by side, expediting advances in cancer research, care and education for the benefit of people with cancer, everywhere.

There are four key benefits that the VCCC aims to deliver.

Benefit 1: High-impact research that delivers major breakthroughs in cancer. The VCCC Research Program aims to address this benefit.

Benefit 2: 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.

Benefit 3: Consistent delivery of optimal evidence-based cancer care. The Clinical Programs of the VCCC are established to help deliver this benefit.

Benefit 4: 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: The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Royal Children’s Hospital, Western Health, St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Austin Health (incorporating the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre).

The VCCC is an alliance of 10 leading Victorian cancer organisations.


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