In a Victorian first, Peter Mac is expanding its services to patients at the Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre and Bendigo Health, with new initiatives combining world-class research and remote delivery of clinical trials.

Led by Associate Professor Kate Burbury, deputy Chief Medical Officer, regional patients will now benefit from her strategy for preventing thromboembolism in cancer patients. 

Associate Professor Burbury recently presented her work at the International Conference on Thrombosis and Hemostasis in cancer. The derived model for identifying patients, who are at-risk of thromboembolism, is currently being tested in a phase three, randomised controlled trial, TARGET-TP, which provides a proactive targeted strategy for thromboembolism prevention in patients undergoing anticancer therapy. 

“It is not only ground-breaking, but it will benefit all patients with cancer worldwide,” said Associate Professor Burbury. 

Peter Mac clinicians are working with both the Albury-Wodonga and Bendigo Regional Cancer Centres to collectively bring clinical trials to patients in regional areas. With more than 225 clinical trials underway, Peter Mac will be able to offer country patients access to cutting edge therapeutics and management via teletrials. TARGET-TP is the first trial of this kind in Victoria and will pave the way for further opportunities.

More importantly, teletrials are part of broader strategy to enable clinical and research partnerships between regional and even more remote areas and their metropolitan counterparts – bringing expert health care to their doorstep. Supported by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, teletrials will provide equity of access and remove the barriers that regional patients may face in travelling to Melbourne for treatment, including cost, travel and inconvenience.

In a boost for regional health care, local oncologists will now have new professional opportunities to partner with Peter Mac to deliver clinical trials and help to advance the science and practice of health care throughout Victoria.