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Education and Training

Strong education and training programs are pivotal for the rapid introduction and uptake of evidence and best practice into care, and to provide a workforce skilled in the generation, interpretation and application of new knowledge.

Train the Trainer Programs

The VCCC is committed to supporting the development of talented individuals who are eager to contribute to the education of our next generation of cancer health professionals. Over the past 4 years, the VCCC has supported a number of staff from member organisations in this area by funding places in Melbourne Medical School's EXCITE (Excellence in Clinical Teaching) programs, including the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching and the one day Excellence in Clinical Teaching workshop. Previous course participants have come from a range of professions, including; medical oncology, psychiatry, nursing, haematology, radiation oncology, paediatrics and a range of allied health disciplines. 

Business Skills Access Program

The VCCC recognise that clinical leaders often want to perform optimally in the business aspects of their leadership role. As such, the VCCC has funded staff from various partner organisations to undertake business skills training through the Melbourne Business School's Executive Education program. By providing skills in the business area, the VCCC believes these leaders will be more efficient, effective and confident in their roles, which will have a positive impact on the departments or groups they lead.

Research Leader Development Program

The VCCC recognises that the transition from senior post-doctoral researcher to research leader is a challenging one. In order to prepare those VCCC researchers who are ready to make that transition, the VCCC has provided places on the Marlow Hampshire Research Leader Development Program. This opportunity is an on-going one which has been designed and developed specifically to assist these researchers as they become effective leaders of research teams. 

VCCC Melbourne Business School Leadership Program

The VCCC, in conjunction with the Melbourne Business School, has developed a tailor-made leadership program for senior leaders working in the VCCC's collaborative environment. This multi-day program develops strong professional leadership capability in current and future leaders in partner organisations. The aim is to develop skills which will support collaboration and success in the future. The program is targeted towards senior clinicians/clinician-scientists and researchers in partner organisations who are part of the effort to develop the cancer program.

VCCC Picchi Brother Foundation PhD Student Prizes 

Each year, the VCCC and Picchi Brothers Foundation provides two student prizes which are intended to recognise, support and develop the top PhD students among the VCCC partners. The prizes provide the opportunity for recipients to travel internationally for conferences and/or collaborative work, and thus support their development towards research independence. 

Grants in Aid of Scientific Meetings

The VCCC is proud to support scientific meetings organised by VCCC partner organisations. In order to provide support in a structured and equitable fashion, the VCCC has developed this grants program. Meeting conveners can apply for a funding amount dependent on the size and impact of the meeting. Watch the opportunities section of this website for further information when the program next opens.

Master of Cancer Sciences

The philosophy of the Master of Cancer Sciences is to provide a contemporary, evidence-based program to health professionals to improve the outcomes and quality of lives of patients with cancer.  The program is targeted towards health professionals who care for patients with cancer or who are involved in cancer oriented research and teaching. The proposed program is nested with qualification points at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters level to provide flexible progression and study options for practitioners in the workforce. The Masters program comprises four core subjects at the Graduate Certificate level: cancer biology, cancer research, cancer care and cancer in society. A series of elective subjects complete the Diploma, and a minor or major thesis fulfils the Masters level qualification. 

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Sciences (first stage of the Masters) course and subject proposals received approval from the Academic Board of The University of Melbourne in mid-2014. Current work is now focused on further development of the program.