The strategic goals of the Clinical Network are:
- Champion and advocate for equitable access to best practice, evidence-based cancer care for all Victorians affected by cancer
- Provide advice to Cancer Council Victoria across the full spectrum of cancer care
- Provide opportunities for education, discussion and exchange of information between clinicians involved in cancer care
The current focus of the network is tackling inequitable cancer outcomes for Victorians as outlined in our submission to government regarding the next Victorian Cancer Plan.
How we operate
- We establish working groups to write submissions or letters to relevant government and regulatory bodies.
- We hold workshops, roundtable discussions and think tanks.
- We run webinars and niche educational events.
The Clinical Network coordinate an alliance of 11 organisations that are advocating for increased funding to research into cancers with low survival rates
The Victorian Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (VPTAS) is a Government subsidy scheme offering financial assistance to regional Victorians needing to travel for specialist medical treatment.
Improved access to cancer care coordinators has been a priority for the Clinical Network for a number of years. In 2016 the Clinical Network funded Deakin University to undertake mapping of cancer care coordinators (CCCs) and those who performed care coordination roles across Victoria.
The Victorian Cancer Trials Link (VCTL) is searchable database of all cancer clinical trials being conducted in Victoria.
The Clinical Network administers the Cancer Trials Management Scheme. This retrospectively awards funding to hospitals coordinating clinical trials based on recruitment. The purpose is to grow clinical trial capacity by financially supporting clinical trials Data Managers.
Is there a positive relationship between funding and participant accrual into oncology clinical trials? The results are in.