Peter Mac has marked one year since our move from East Melbourne to Parkville. The Welcome Hall was filled with music and lighting to celebrate our first anniversary in our new home, on Friday 30 June.

Staff and patients enjoyed purple cupcakes and juice through the day, and gathered for speeches from senior staff representing both the research and clinical divisions of Peter Mac.

“Twelve months in it feels to me that, as an organisation, every one of us is a little more proud to be working at Peter Mac,” Dr Kara Britt, Team Leader of the Cancer Genetics and Genomics Program, told fellow staff during formalities on the day.

“More importantly the patients look to be loving our bright new building … We really are attempting to make what is a hard journey for our patients as hopeful and comfortable as it can be.”

Associate Nurse Unit Manager Nadine Borschmann said when she joined Peter Mac six years ago it was a “workplace where people knew each other by name, not just by department”.

“I had hoped this sense of community that I noted when I first chose to work at Peter Mac and that I valued so much, that it would also pack up in the transport company boxes - marked as fragile, handle with care - and arrive at Parkville to be carefully unpacked,” Ms Borschmann said in her speech.

She recounted how a new staff member recently echoed these sentiments during their orientation.

“I couldn't be prouder to know, one year on, not only was this still my belief about Peter Mac but it was also now a shared vision with a new staff member.”

Thanks to Plenary Health for their generous support of the event.