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. We manage a number of research, advocacy and clinical trial projects. The Clinical Network's also advises the Cancer Council Victorian on all clinical aspects of cancer.
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.
How does the Clincal Network operate?
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.
We established an Alliance of 40 cancer, chronic disease andsupport organisations to advocate for improvements to the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme. 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. We have 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 and clincal trial projects.
We are undertaking a mapping project to ascertain the current landscape of Cancer Care Coordinators in Victoria . We manage the Victorian Patient Trials Link - a searchable portal of all cancer clinical trials in Victoria, and platform for the collection of oncology trials data in Victoria. We also recently awarded four competitive grants to support initiatives to improve patient access to clinical trials.
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 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.
How do I become a member?
Membership is inclusive and open to health professionals with an interest in oncology. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (03) 9514 6304 for more information.
The Clinical Network has a long history. We celebrated our 40th Anniversary in 2016. Initally established as Victorian Co-operative Oncology Group in 1976, we changed our name in late 2012. Read about why we have changed.