About the Victorian Cancer Malnutrition Collaborative (VCMC)

We lead the statewide program of work, the Victorian Cancer Malnutrition Collaborative (VCMC)

The Victorian Cancer Malnutrition Collaborative (VCMC) program aims to increase understanding and knowledge and promote action strategies to address cancer malnutrition. We proudly support this work, along with the Victorian Government, and Western Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services.  

Who the Victorian Cancer Malnutrition Collaborative is

The VCMC community is made of our lead team based at Peter Mac, dietitians from around Victoria working in cancer care, cancer consumers, health professionals, community organisations and policy makers – all working together to educate, engage and improve the care, systems and information provided to people with cancer and their supports.  

Cancer malnutrition 

Nutrition is important for all people with cancer regardless of diagnosis, treatment type or timing in the cancer pathway. Cancer malnutrition is common in people with cancer but should not be considered an expected side effect of cancer. Malnutrition should be prevented at all stages of the cancer journey as it can cause problems such as: 

  • An increase in the side effects from treatment; the chance of infection; time spent in hospital; and muscle strength. 

  • A decrease in muscle strength; how well treatment works; how well your immune system works; wound healing. 

Reports and publications 

Victorian Cancer Malnutrition Collaborative fact sheets and links 

Communication and events 

To keep informed and updated on project work being undertaken within the VCMC we welcome you to subscribe to our email list. This will give you access to our bi-annual eNewsletters and includes an invitation to join free Community of Practice events. 

Previous VCMC e-Newsletters 

Community of Practice 

The bi-annual Community of Practice event provides a forum for participants to interact, share their practice and deepen their knowledge of nutrition care in cancer. This will help to assist in guiding state-wide nutrition projects. Partnering with consumers in the development and evaluation of services vastly improves their quality, relevance, and public confidence, and is a requirement of the National Standards. 

We welcome you to subscribe to the VCMC email list to receive project updates and invitations to VCMC events and forums. 

Contact the Victorian Cancer Malnutrition Collaborative 

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