“Scientists in the Clinic” has returned at Peter Mac after a COVID hiatus. For the remainder of the month, ten scientists will be embedded in clinical and other front-line hospital roles.

They are shadowing clinicians in outpatient clinics and on ward rounds, and attending multi-disciplinary meetings, to gain insights into the patient experience and inspire new avenues for research.

Research Education Program Manager Claudie Thia said it was about building a culture of collaboration and stronger ties between scientists and clinicians at Peter Mac.

“When we first ran this in 2019 as a pilot, the feedback was that it really expanded the scientists’ understanding of the hospital and how patients and clinicians interact,” Ms Thia says.

‘Peter Mac is in a unique position with a research institute and cancer hospital in one site, and this program exemplifies our ‘bench to bedside” model of advancing the treatment of cancer.”

At the start of the program, the scientists go on a familiarisation tour taking in parts of Peter Mac they have typically never been to before.

Ultimately, the goal is to foster more cross-discipline communication that can help identify potential areas for translational and other research collaborations.


For more information contact the Peter Mac Communications team on 0417 123 048.

About Peter Mac:

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is a world-leading cancer research, education and treatment centre and Australia’s only public health service solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer.