Strategic partnerships


We are a specialist public health service and receive  

  • most of our funding for our health care from the Victorian Government 

  • some funding for research from the Commonwealth 

  • supplemental funding by invaluable contributions from the community. 

We engage with government committees and specific initiatives. This improves our ability to supply ability and advice. This relates to improving cancer research, outcomes for patients and informing policy. 

Parkville precinct clinical service partners 

We deliver our cancer clinical services through partnerships. These partnerships are with fellow members of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Alliance. This alliance consists of: 

  • The Royal Women's Hospital  

  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital. 

Radiation therapy services 

We deliver our radiation therapy services through various campuses. These campuses are in regional and suburban health centres across Victoria. This lets patients access the very best in cancer care closer to their homes. These campuses include   

  • Monash Cancer Centre in Moorabbin in partnership with Southern Health 

  • Box Hill at Epworth Eastern Medical Centre 

  • Sunshine Hospital Radiation Therapy Centre in partnership with Western Health 

  • and at Bendigo Radiotherapy Centre in partnership with Bendigo Health. 

Research partners 

We partner with a large variety of researchers and research groups. Partnerships occur between 

  • individual researchers 

  • between laboratories 

  • and at an organisation level. 

An example is one of our collaborative research agreements. This is at the organisation level with the Children’s Cancer Institute NSW. We work together in immunotherapy, and pediatric cancer drug research. We also work together in studies in survivorship and psycho-oncology. These studies are for pediatric and adolescent cancer patients and their families.  

Prevention and wellbeing partners 

Our partners and collaborators help us improve our cancer prevention and wellbeing services. This helps our patients and the community.  

Cancer Council Victoria 

We work with the Cancer Council Victoria. Together we decrease cancer incidence and improve cancer outcomes. We also share resources, intelligence, and develop programs and research initiatives.  

We have worked with the Cancer Council Victoria in public advocacy. This includes efforts to improve skin cancer prevention. Our laboratory research and clinical experience showed solariums increase the risk of melanoma. We collaborated to achieve legislative changes banning sun beds in Victoria.  

Consumers and community 

Engaging with our wider community and constituents is key to ensuring excellence. We ask for their views regarding planning and designing all aspects of care.  

All our consumers are partners in care. We work with the community to develop a program of community engagement. We also continue to improve it. We listen to and engage with those who receive care as true partners in the design process. 

Primary care partners 

We work with primary carers and General Practitioners. Doing so helps us improve cancer services in the community. This includes the interface between the primary care and acute care settings.  

Melbourne genomics health alliance 

The Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance (MGHA) is a Victorian Government funded initiative. The alliance includes Victoria’s leading hospitals and research organisations. The initiative brings together the clinical, research and teaching strengths of its members. 

We are a member of the MGHA and are the leading genomic testing site for cancer patients. 

Western and Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (WCMICS) 

Along with five other health services, we are members of WCMICS. WCMICS member organisations collaborate to improve patient care and outcomes. They do so by focusing on delivering the right treatment and support to patients. This support continues throughout their journey with cancer. WCMICS has a strategic focus on   

  • consumer participation 

  • efficient and effective access into WCMICS Health Services for cancer care. This includes efficient and effective transition out of such health services.  

  • care coordination 

  • patient information. 

University of Melbourne 

The Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology is an academic department of the University of Melbourne. The department conducts research and research training and is led by Professor Ricky Johnstone who is also the Executive Director Cancer Research at Peter Mac.

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