Nurses from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, together with peers from The Women’s and Royal Melbourne Hospital, have toured the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) building as part of their International Nurses Day celebrations.

Victorian Health Minister, the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP joined the tour which involved 20 nurses and Peter Mac’s Chief Executive Dale Fisher – who collectively represent more than 500 years of nursing experience.

"I am delighted to welcome cancer nurses from the Peter Mac, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Women's to the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre on International Nurses Day," Ms Hennessy said.

"These state-of-the-art facilities will soon be the brand new home for hundreds of nurses, doctors and researchers all working together to better support cancer patients and their families."

Some 440+ cancer nurses from across all three hospitals are now completing their training in the new $1 billion facility ahead of its opening for patients, which Ms Fisher said was on track to occur in late June.

 “We are now just 33 days away from our move, where Peter Mac will become the focal point of cancer treatment and research within the Parkville biomedical precinct,” Ms Fisher said.

“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.

“Nurses and people with nursing backgrounds have been instrumental in creating a truly patient-centred approach and collaborative working environment at this amazing new facility,” Ms Fisher said.

 

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.