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Clinical Network

The Committee represents the multidisciplinary cancer workforce and includes members with interest and expertise that align with our current priorities.

The Clinical Network aims to improve the capacity of the Victorian cancer clinical community through education, policy work, and by supporting best practice evidenced based cancer care.  It harnesses the collective voice of clinicians and researchers to improve outcomes for all Victorians affected by cancer.  The Clinical Network also advises Cancer Council on all clinical aspects of cancer.

Established in 1976, initially as the Victorian Co-operative Oncology Group (VCOG), Cancer Council's Clinical Network is a peak multi-specialty representative oncology forum in Victoria. It brings together over 600 multidisciplinary health professionals (such as oncologists, surgeons, palliative care physicians, nurses, allied health and primary health professionals) and researchers who work with people affected by cancer to support best practice and evidenced based cancer care.

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Clinical Network Executive Committee

The Clinical Network Executive Committee (the Committee) is a dedicated advisory body of the Clinical Network. The purpose of the Committee is to collectively provide expert clinical advice and direction to Cancer Council Victoria, in line with our Strategic Plan. Members of the Committee volunteer their time and expertise to inform and promote a range of policy and program initiatives to improve cancer care. Insights drawn from the Committee complement our recently formed Community Advisory Network.

Current objectives

The primary objectives of the Committee are to: 

  • Champion and advocate for equitable access to best practice, evidence-based cancer prevention, early detection, research and care for all Victorians affected by cancer
  • Represent the needs of the broad range of health professionals involved in delivering cancer prevention, early detection, research and care
  • Provide opportunities for information exchange, education, and discussion across the state


The Clinical Network Executive Committee represent the multidisciplinary cancer workforce, and include members with interest and expertise that align with our current priorities.



Prof. Phillip Parente (Chair) Eastern Health
Dr Tricia Wright (Co-Chair) Latrobe Regional Health

Dr Rohan Nair

ICON Cancer Centre Mulgrave 

A/Prof. Justin Tse

Ivanhoe General Practice/University of Melbourne

Dr. Maria Ftanou

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 

Catherine Hanns

Ballarat Health Services

Carmel O'Kane

Wimmera Healthcare Group

Dr. Jennifer Philip

St Vincent’s/University of Melbourne 

Catherine Williams

Barwon Health

Diane Davey

Albury-Wodonga Health

Prof. Mark Shackleton

Alfred Health

A/Prof. Gabrielle Haeusler

Royal Children's Hospital/Murdoch Children's Research Institute

A/Prof. Zee Wan Wong

Monash Health 

Jodie Lydeker

Community Representative 

Karen Sanderson 

Community Representative 

Key Contacts

Amanda Piper, Head of Cancer Strategy Unit

For more information contact: Clinical.Network@cancervic.org.au.


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