More than 440+ nurses are completing their training at Peter Mac’s new home within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building ahead our move in late June 2016. On International Nurses Day, we asked some of our leaders with nursing backgrounds, to describe what’s best about Peter Mac’s new home:

Dale Fisher Peter Mac’s Chief Executive started her career as a nurse and prior to joining Peter Mac in 2013, she was Chief Executive at The Women’s for over 10 years.

“Nurses are an absolutely vital part of what we do and are at the forefront providing the very best in patient care – through our hospital but also in developing our future workforce, cutting-edge facilities and improving the health care system overall. As a former nurse, I am pleased to say that nurses and people with nursing backgrounds have played an integral role in the design of this magnificent facility, purpose-built to provide the world’s best care for people affected by cancer.”

Felicity Topp is Peter Mac’s Chief Operating Officer started her career as a nurse more than 30 years ago and joined Peter Mac in 2013.

 “Peter Mac will always be about people – our staff, our patients and carers. But the new environment for our nurses is exceptional, with the latest technology and equipment to support the expertise and compassion that is at the heart of our care”.

Yvonne Panek-Hudson is Peter Mac’s Allograft Nurse Practitioner (Bone Marrow transplant and long term follow up/ late effects service). She has been a nurse for 26 years, seven of these at Peter Mac. She also holds an honorary appointment at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

“The VCCC and Peter Mac’s new home is everything that is good about what healthcare should be. Cancer nursing is about recognising ‘humanity’ – the person and their family within a cancer experience. We now have the opportunity to look after our patients in an environment that is conducive to caring for patients and families through diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliative care. It’s also very exciting to be able to work with our peers from The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital.”

Rebecca Paterson is Director of Operations, Cancer Surgery at Peter Mac. Rebecca has been a nurse for 20 years, nine of these at Peter Mac.

“The new building is amazing and throughout the whole project, patients have been at the core of the design. It creates an environment that doesn’t make you feel like you are in a hospital which will be of enormous benefit to our patients and their families.”

Jac Mathieson is Project Manager in Peter Mac’s Redevelopment team overseeing the move. She has been a nurse for eight years, seven of these at Peter Mac.

“I think my favourite thing is the beautiful open plan areas. All treatment areas have natural light and most have city views. The new wellness area offers a private space for patients and their families to relax in – we do not have anything like this at Peter Mac’s current home in East Melbourne.”

Ailsa McKitterick-Gillett is Peter Mac’s Perioperative Nurse Manager. She has been a nurse for 39 years, and at Peter Mac for 18 months.

“Our new home offers spacious and well-designed patient areas which are both comforting and relaxing. Especially from a perioperative nursing point of view, the larger working space and up-to-date equipment and technology will further enhance the care we offer our patients.”


About International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day (IND) is a celebration held annually on 12 May to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The event highlights the major contribution that nurses make towards people’s health. This year’s theme is Nurses: A force for change: Improving health systems’ resilience.