Overview

Cancer Council Victoria's Clinical Network is a peak multi-specialty representative oncology forum in Victoria, consisting of approximately 700 health professionals. Membership consists of oncologists, surgeons and allied health professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to meet and promote a range of cooperative measures to optimise cancer management in Victoria.

The Clinical Network coordinating team aims to support our members to collectively advocate for practice change for a variety of cancer treatment related issues, affecting both patients and clinicians. We can provide project support in a number of ways. 

Our strategic goals are:

  • The promotion of best-practice, evidence-based cancer care.
  • To advocate for improvements in treatment and support.
  • To support and improve clinical trial activity within Victoria.

 

Clinical Network Governance

The Clinical Network consists of an Executive Committee and 16 cancer-site and task-specific interest groups. 

The current Executive Committee Chair is Associate Professor Andrew Wei, Haematologist at Alfred Health. The committees are supported by a team consisting of:

  • Acting Manager (Programs Coordinator - Clinical Trials), Catriona Parker
  • Acting Manger (Policy and Project Coordinator), Esther Sadek
  • Program Support Officer, Tessa Penny
  • Project Officer, Christie Allan

 

How does it operate?

It's a peak multi-specialty representative oncology forum in Victoria, and has forged key links across the health care sector and with government. As well as coordinating committee specific activities, we also manage a number of advocacy and clinical trial projects. Members volunteer their time and expertise.

We establish working parties and steering groups to write submissions or letters to relevant government bodies and stakeholders. 

For example in 2015 we developed a response to the Senate Inquiry regarding ‘The availability of new, innovative and specialist drugs in Australia'. In 2016 we wrote a response to Genomic Health Care for Victoria discussion paper. 

We hold workshops, roundtable discussions and think tanks. Some of these have led to collaborative projects. 
We ran extensive consultations to ascertain clinician's priorities for Victoria's Cancer Plan 2016-2020 and presented this in a report to the Victorian Government. This was considered highly informative.

As part of Cancer Council Victoria's consultation on the Victorian Government's Assisted Dying discussion paper, we worked with the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer and surveyed members of the Clinical Network about different aspects of the proposed assisted dying framework.

We established an Alliance of 40 cancer, chronic disease and patient support organisations to advocate for improvements to the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme for people who need to travel long distances to access medical treatment. This advocacy effort culminated in a commitment to biennial reviews of the scheme and significant improvements.

We run webinars and niche educational events. 
We coordinate a number of forums, seminars and workshops for members and non members. In 2016 we held forums on how the law impacts on cancer care and the responsibilities of cancer clinicians and advance care planning. We have organised grant writing workshops and provided advocacy and media training for our members. 

We undertake research projects.
We are undertaking a mapping project to ascertain the current landscape of Cancer Care Coordinators in Victoria. This includes identifying geographical locations in which these roles operate and current scope of practice. We also completed the Additional Funding Intervention Trial in 2015; an exploration of the relationship between funding and patient accrual to oncology clinical trials. 

We initiate and contribute to the conduct of research and implementation of programs and services to optimise cancer care. One of the clinical network's objectives is to advise the Cancer Council on all clinical aspects of cancer and in particular, on research, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, palliative medicine and professional education.


How do I become a member?

Membership is inclusive and open to health professionals with an interest in oncology. Email clinicalnetwork@cancervic.org.au or phone (03) 9514 6304 for more information.

History

Established initally as Victorian Co-operative Oncology Group in 1976, we changed our name in late 2012. Read about why we have changed.

 

   Clinical Network Executive Committee   
Est. 1980 

Breast Cancer Committee: Est. 1978
Breast Trials Sub-cte: Est. 1978

Gastrointestinal Cancer Committee:
Est. 1980

Gynaecological Cancer Committee:
Est. 1982

 Palliative Medicine Committee:
Est. 1988

 Lung Cancer Committee:
Est. 1993

 Urological Cancer Committee:
Est. 1994

Genetics Advisory Committee: Est. 1994
Hereditary Bowel Cancer Group: Est. 2000

Skin Cancer Committee: Est. 1997

Psycho-Oncology Committee: Est. 1998

Head & Neck Cancer Committee: Est. 1999

Neuro-Oncology Committee: Est. 1999

Haemato-Oncology Committee: Est. 2004

Sarcoma Advisory Committee: Est. 2006

Clinical Research Professionals: Est. 2007

Updated: 27 Jun, 2017