Clinical Network highlights in 2017

  • We welcomed our new Clinical Network Chair, A/Prof Andrew Wei, and thanked Prof Jeremy Millar for his two three year terms as Chair.
  • A refreshed and revised user friendly version of the Victorian Cancer Trials Link (VCTL) website was launched for International Clinical Trials Day in May.
  • Four Cancer Trials Management Scheme Grants were awarded to exceptional projects across Victoria, totaling $2.5million.
  • Six new members joined the Executive Committee, and we thanked and said farewell to six members who had served two terms.
  • The Additional Funding Intervention (AFIT) was published in The Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (JNCCN). Authors on this paper include Ms Catriona Parker, Prof Jeremy Millar, Prof David Dilts, Prof Michael Jefford, A/Prof Ray Snyder and Prof Rory Wolfe, with support from Cancer Council Victoria and Victorian Cancer Agency.
  • We established a group of Clinical Advisors who provide tumour specific and discipline expertise and advice.
  • Our members were consulted about the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017, which recently passed in the Victorian Parliament.
  • Members were also engaged in opportunities to inform the Victorian Cancer Plan Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.
  • We consulted with the Department of Health and Human Services and on lymphoedema services, and the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme and managed alliances to advocate in these areas.
  • We established Trial Connect – a pilot peer support program to connect people interested in participating in clinical trials, with someone who has previously participated in a trial.
  • We worked with clinicians and community organisations to advocate for low survival cancers, writing numerous letters and submissions including to the Select Committee into Funding for Research into Cancers with Low Survival Rates. The committee’s report was released in late November highlighting commitment to improving low survival cancers.
  • Four abstracts on our projects were accepted for the COSA Annual Scientific Meeting– one for ‘best of the best’ oral presentation.
  • We worked with a number of key stakeholders to improve services delivered by Cancer Council Victoria including representatives from the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Victorian Cancer Agency, Cancer Institute NSW, Regional Trial Network and the Clinical Network Executive Committee.

We look forward to working with you in 2018; further progressing our efforts to improve clinical care and patient outcomes for all Victorians affected by cancer. Your support is invaluable.