Monash Comprehensive Cancer Consortium and Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services recently formed a Joint Council, to advance the impact and outcomes of translational cancer research in Southern Melbourne. The Joint Council intends to strategically align cancer research and clinical service delivery across Southern Melbourne, for the benefit of cancer patients.
However, MCCC and SMICS will retain their independent organisational structures and goals.
“This is the first time alignment between CCC and ICS has occurred in Victoria, and will strengthen both organisations in the delivery of cancer research and clinical service improvement”. said MCCC’s Interim Research Director, Professor Gail Risbridger.
“Forming this partnership with MCCC will allow us to work together to promote a strategic and coordinated approach to addressing the future development of cancer research, and linking this to the improved clinical outcomes for Victorians”, said SMICS Medical Director, Peter Briggs.
Chaired by Prof David de Kretser, the Joint Council will meet quarterly and will consist of three Monash University cancer research representatives, the Director of Prince Henry’s Institute, the CEO of each hospital including Alfred Health, Cabrini Health, Peninsula Health and Southern Health.