July 2021

Monash Health researchers are working with collaborators across Australia on a new clinical trial that will investigate the response of COVID-19 vaccines in people with cancer.

The SerOzNET study will examine serological and immunological responses to COVID-19 vaccinations administered to Australian adults with cancer.

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MRFF Successes to Boost Monash Cancer Research

Monash-based cancer researchers involved in collaborative research programs focused on children’s cancers, genomic risk profiling and cancer co-morbidities were beneficiaries of the latest Medical Research Future’s Fund grant, announced by the Federal Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt on 30 June.

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Alfred Health’s Pharmacy Excellence Heads to the Regions

Alfred Health’s pharmacy excellence in clinical trials is now being transferred into other Victorian hospitals thanks to a new initiative that will provide more cancer trials to regional and remote patients. TrialHub was established at The Alfred last year to facilitate the equitable access to cancer clinical trials by partnering with outer metro, rural and regional hospitals to help them establish long-term, sustainable clinical trial units.

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New Research Hope for Patients with Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Ground-breaking research looking at the best way to locate recurrent prostate cancer in patients will change the future for thousands of people. Cabrini Urologist Professor Mark Frydenberg, together with former Cabrini medical student Kavitha Gnanasambantham, were part of the team researching how to locate recurrent prostate cancer in patients and whether it was localised recurrence or in another part of the body.

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Philip’s Second Chance at Life Thanks to Cancer Trial

Knowing what he knows now, Philip Sullivan says he’d walk through fire to get on a clinical trial. Little did the now-retired builder know that a childhood spent unprotected in the Australian sun would lead to him going on a clinical trial to save his life for skin cancer in adulthood.

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Janne Williams

This month SMICS introduce you to Janne Williams, MPCCC and SMICS Consumer Advisor.

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CRISPR Cell Service at MGMP Now 50% NCRIS Subsidised

The Monash Genome Modification Platform, in alliance with Phenomics Australia, is now offering CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing in cells. CRISPR technology enables the production of a number of mutations not previously possible using conventional gene targeting.  We can generate knock-out, knock-in, point-mutated and tagged versions of your favourite gene in a wide variety of both human and mouse cell lines.

We offer a full service, from project design to delivery of modified clones. Use one of our proven cell lines or suggest your own to use, we are happy to discuss the possibilities. Supported by NCRIS funding, this service is available to researchers at a heavily subsidised price. For more information please contact us at

Culturally Responsive Clinical Practice Online Education

The Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership, in collaboration with Monash Partners, has developed a free online course focusing on culturally responsive practice for health professionals in health and aged care settings when working with older people from migrant and refugee populations. This course is suitable for all clinicians and health practitioners, with material designed to support ongoing professional development whilst being mapped against a range of relevant professional and service standards.

Further information or to register  » 

Watch now: First Nations Close the Gap - Research Webinar 4

In this webinar, Julie McCrossin (broadcaster and cancer survivor) and co-host Professor Jacinta Elston, Chair, Cancer Australia’s Leadership Group on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cancer Control, interview frontline Aboriginal health staff and their multidisciplinary clinical colleagues about what they are doing to Close The Gap in cancer survival.

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Optimal Care Pathways Have Been Updated

Cancer Council Victoria, supported by the Victorian Government has recently undertaken work to refresh the optimal care pathways for 15 cancers.
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Facts on the Vax for Australia’s First Peoples Affected by Cancer

Cancer Australia has released tailored information about the COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by cancer in Australia.

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2021 Victorian Cancer Agency Funding Round - Now Open

The Victorian Cancer Agency’s research grants have been supporting innovation and excellence in cancer research since 2006, investing more than $250 million into translational research and infrastructure.

The following funding schemes are now open and will close at 2.00 pm AEST on Monday 13 September 2021:

Early Career Research Fellowships
  • Biomedical research stream
  • Non-biomedical research stream

Mid-Career Research Fellowships

  • Biomedical research stream
  • Non-biomedical research stream

Quality and Safety in Cancer Care Research Grants

  • Limited to research projects in medical oncology, malignant haematology, radiation oncology and cancer surgery intended to improve cancer survival outcomes.

More information, including guidelines, funding rules and a link to the application forms can be found at:

MRFF 2021 Rare Cancers Rare Diseases Unmet Need General – Grant Opportunity

Applications via NHMRC
Please note there are 7 specific streams in this round of RCRDUN and min data dates vary across streams

Stream 2: closed
Streams 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7: Wednesday 18 August 2021 at 5pm (min Data Aug 4)

Grants are a max of $5M, $10M or $15M depending on Stream.
Funding over 3 years. See guidelines for details

A person must not be named as a Chief Investigator (CI) on more than one application submitted to a Stream of this grant opportunity (i.e. a person may be named as a Chief Investigator on a maximum of one application per Stream).

MRFF – 2021 COVID 19 Health Impacts and Vaccination Schedules Grant Opportunity

Applications via NHMRC

Closing Date: 5.00pm Wednesday 18 August 2021 
Min Data 5.00pm Wednesday 4 August 2021 
Grants are a max of $15M
Funding over 3 years. See guidelines for details

Stream 1: study individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19 to improve understanding of the long term health impacts of COVID-19

Stream 2: conduct clinical trials to generate evidence on how individuals or populations with immunocompromising conditions respond to COVID-19 vaccination, to inform vaccine schedules

Stream 3: conduct clinical trials to generate knowledge on the efficacy of vaccine schedules that combine different COVID-19 vaccines.

A person must not be named as a Chief Investigator (CI) on more than one application submitted to a Stream of this grant opportunity.

Cancer Australia Priority-driven collaborative cancer research – for funding commencing in 2022

Ten new cancer research projects totalling $2.9 million will be funded by Cancer Australia, Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation, Cure Cancer, Leukaemia Foundation, My Room, and National Breast Cancer Foundation. PdCCRS applications will only be accepted if an application has been submitted to NHMRC’s Ideas Grants or Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants schemes and a corresponding PdCCRS Questions application form has been submitted to Cancer Australia. Applications close 1 September 2021. 

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Participate in research. SerOzNET: Studying the COVID-19 vaccine in Monash patients with cancer

Patients with cancer are eligible and recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Monash researchers on behalf of Cancer Australia are studying how well the COVID-19 vaccine works in patients with cancer, and what the side effects are. Find out more here or contact:  or 0428 803 521

BroSupPORT. Help improve prostate cancer support

Would you like to help design a supportive care website to support the needs of men after prostate cancer treatment, without leaving home?

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Embedding Exercise Into Routine Cancer Care

Peter Mac, Department of Health Services Research is researching what oncology health professionals need, to help them recommend exercise to their patients. The aim of the research is to create pragmatic, fit-for-purpose, practical tools to assist the clinician-patient conversations about exercise.

Contact for more information. Registered health professionals whose majority of role is delivering clinical care to cancer patients are invited to complete the 10-15 minute survey


People living with breast, prostate or bowel cancer have described many benefits from mindfulness, including a reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression and worries associated with cancer returning. Patients who have completed their cancer treatment can check their eligibility for Deakin University’s 9-week online mindfulness program or contact Dr Natalie Heynsbergh on 0419 263 117 or at


What are the implications of voluntary assisted dying for nursing practice?
When: Thursday 12 August
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Where: St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
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Co-operative Research Centres Association Collaborate Innovate
When: 9 - 11 August
Where: Canberra
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Precision Oncology Seminar: Optimized 5 hydroxy-methyl seq of ctDNA as a biomarker of response in metastatic prostate cancer
When: Friday 27 August
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Where: online
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Managing Cancer for patients and carers
When: Monday 30 Aug
Time: 10am to 12pm
Where: online
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Advanced Communication Skills Retreat
When: 5 - 8 October
Where: Yarra Valley Lodge
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COSA 48th Annual Scientific Meeting: Cancer care and research
When: 16 - 18 November
Where: Melbourne
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MPCCC Precision Oncology Seminars are recorded and available to watch on YouTube at any time. Catch up on presentations from Professor Melissa Southey, Professor Tony Purcell, Associate Professor Joseph Rosenbluh and more. Watch now »

Genomic Risk Score for Melanoma in a Prospective Study of Older Individuals Read article »

BRAFV600E Mutations Arising from a Left-Side Primary in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: Are They a Distinct Subset? Read article »

Trends in Conservative Management for Low-risk Prostate Cancer in a Population-based Cohort of Australian Men Diagnosed Between 2009 and 2016 Read article »

Treatment outcomes for patients with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer following docetaxel for hormone-sensitive disease Read article »

Enhanced toxicity with CDK 4/6 inhibitors and palliative radiotherapy: Non-consecutive case series and review of the literature Read article »

Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) is a strategic alliance of health service and research organisations working in partnership to improve cancer outcomes through integrated, collaborative and innovative research, service improvement and clinical care programs. We are a consortium made up of clinical, research and allied partner organisations. 
Clinical partners
Alfred Health; Monash Health; Eastern Health; Peninsula Health; 
Cabrini Health; Epworth HealthCare

Research partners
Monash University; Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Allied partners
Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS); 
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