About VCMC

The Victorian Cancer Malnutrition Collaborative (VCMC) program of work is a state wide collaboration led by Peter Mac.

The VCMC team
The VCMC team

The VCMC program of work aims to increase understanding and knowledge, and promote strategies for action in order to address cancer malnutrition. This program of work is proudly supported by the Victorian Government, Peter Mac and Western Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services. 


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.  


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.





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.

The next Community of Practice event is scheduled for Wednesday 4th May 2022 at 12.00-1.00pm. The theme of the May event will be: Leadership, collaboration and advocacy in oncology nutrition and feature our guest speaker Prof. Judy Bauer

Prof. Judy Bauer has recently made the move to Monash University and is both a national and international leader in translational research and all things relating to oncology nutrition. Don’t miss Judy’s tips about leadership, collaboration and advocacy and how you can excel in the oncology nutrition world.   

This will be run as a virtual event via Zoom webinar - please register in advance at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We also welcome you to subscribe to the VCMC email list to keep updated on future projects and events.


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