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. 

WHO WE ARE

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.

OUR TEAM

REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

VCMC FACT SHEETS & LINKS

COMMUNICATION & 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.

VCMC e-Newsletters

Community of Practice

The VCMC Community of Practice is a free bi-annual forum that enables participants to share their practice and deepen their knowledge of cancer nutrition care and information provision for patients, carers, and health professionals. Our next Community of Practice forum is scheduled for October 27th, 2021, and is run as a virtual event. For details of the next CoP contact: [email protected] or subscribe to the VCMC email list 

CONTACT US

General enquiries - [email protected]

Project oversight - [email protected]