September 2021

Monash University and Alfred Health Take Part in World-First Approach to Improve Melanoma Outcomes Using 3D Whole Body Imaging

Monash University and Alfred Health are among 15 health services and research organisations around Australia that will attempt to improve melanoma detection by using the advanced imaging technology provided by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Australian Centre of Excellence in Melanoma Imaging and Diagnosis (ACEMID).

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Gut Microbe Signatures May Indicate Adverse Reaction to Cancer Treatments

A collaborative study involving Monash University has revealed specific gut microbiota signatures that may signal adverse body responses to cancer immunotherapy treatments.

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Patients Helping Researchers to Advance Treatments for Prostate Cancer

Researchers at Monash University have established one of the world’s largest collections of living tumours from prostate cancer patients, accelerating the testing of new treatments for prostate cancer and leading to faster patient benefit.

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Giving Prominence to the Patient Perspective

There is an increasing awareness within the health and medical research community that including the patient perspective in research design and implementation greatly enhances the significance, relevance and quality of research outcomes.

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NHMRC Investigator Grants Success

This week, Monash University has been awarded over $43 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grants, and a new Centre for Research Excellence, to support the work of more than 30 research leaders. The grants are focused on the four pillars of health and medical research: biomedical, clinical, public health and health services.

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Monash University Graduate Certificate of Telehealth

Through technology, healthcare is embarking on new ways to deliver services to meet the future needs of consumers. While not a completely new concept, telehealth is one area that is being embraced, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Partnership Closes Gaps in Regional and Metro Clinical Trials

Bendigo Health has partnered with a new initiative, TrialHub, to close the gap between city and regional delivery and access to potentially life-saving cancer treatments. Based at Alfred Health, the Australian-first model TrialHub is working alongside regional and rural hospitals to identify gaps and opportunities to then work together in establishing, or improving, their own clinical trial centre.

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As part of Blood Cancer Awareness month, SMICS invited Professor Harshal Nandurkah, Director of Clinical Haematology at The Alfred and Program Head of the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash University to tell us more about himself and his work.

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Lung Foundation e-Modules

Lung Foundation Australia, in collaboration with Cancer Australia, has developed accredited clinical learning e-modules, based on Cancer Australia’s Investigating symptoms of lung cancer: a guide for all health professionals. The e-modules use clinical scenario-based learning to increase confidence among health professionals to recognise symptoms and signs of lung cancer, and support early and rapid referral of symptomatic patients into the multidisciplinary diagnostic pathway.

The modules have received accreditation from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), with health professionals able to gain accreditation of 40 RACGP CPD points. 

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Cancer Support Referral Resource for Health Professionals

Cancer Council’s nurses provide information and support to people affected by cancer. If you have a patient or carer that needs support, please fill in the referral form and one of our cancer nurses will contact them to see how we can help. In addition, please let them know that they, or anyone affected by cancer can call our nurses on 13 11 20 (cost of a local call), Monday to Friday, 9-5pm.

New State-wide Service – MRI-guided radiation therapy at Austin Health

Victorian’s with cancer can now be referred to the Olivia Newton John Cancer Centre at Austin Health for MRI-guided radiation therapy, even if they receive cancer treatment elsewhere. This service is ideal for cancers that are difficult to treat due to anatomical changes or poor visibility. It can target a tumour clearly and avoid healthy tissue to tailor treatment to patients in real-time.

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MRFF - Australian Brain Cancer Mission – 2021 GBM AGILE Grant Opportunity

The objective of this grant is to improve outcomes for Australians diagnosed with brain cancer (specifically glioblastoma multiforme) by leading, co-ordinating and managing the implementation and evaluation of the Australian arm of the Glioblastoma Adaptive Global Innovative Learning Environment (GBM AGILE) clinical trial.

This grant opportunity is being administered by NHMRC on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and is valued at up to $12million over four years, Minimum data closes 15 February 2022 and Applications close 2 March 2022.

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2021/2022 Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships

Monash Partners is proud to support the 2021/2022 round of Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships (HISS), a joint initiative with the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) and Monash Young MedTech Innovators. The program connects clinicians who seek a technological solution to a frontline health problem with high performing students from across Monash University. Working together over a 12-week period, clinicians and students evaluate concepts for new technologies and create innovative proof-of-concept prototypes with potential for tangible real-world clinical outcomes.

Clinician applications for the HISS program close Monday 11 October. 

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MRFF - 2021 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant Opportunity

Stream 1 (Accelerator): identifying and implementing interventions to extend healthy, active years of life ·

Stream 2 (Targeted Call for Research): implementing appropriate support approaches that reduce stigma associated with dementia and enable better outcomes for older people, including those in vulnerable populations

Stream 3 (Targeted Call for Research): improving the consistency and quality of care for older Australians across all care settings

Stream 4 (Incubator): supporting the development of more effective, evidence-based care approaches using data for older Australians in care.
Minimum data: 02 February 2022

Closing date 16 February 2022  

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EOIs OPEN NOW - SMICS 2021/22 Funding Program

Eligible health services are invited to apply for funding to support innovative project applications designed to have a positive impact on the quality of patient care and experience. Closing date is 10 October 2021.

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Ann Henderson PhD scholarship investigating brain cancer

Australian Rotary Health invites applications for its Ann Henderson PhD scholarship investigating brain cancer. This supports a postgraduate student undertaking full-time research in brain cancer in Victoria.

Closing date: 15 October

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Maddie Riewoldt's Vision New Fellowships

Grant Round opens Friday 1 October, 2021

Two Fellowship categories are available:
Fellowship - total support offered up to $100,000 AUD per annum for two years, with an additional third year performance-based option

Inaugural Fiona Riewoldt Nursing/Allied Health Fellowship - total support offered up to $50,000 AUD per annum for two years

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MPCCC Precision Oncology Seminar

“The COLUMN initiative:- Using comprehensive whole-genome & transcriptome analyses to improve diagnosis and therapeutic selection for cancers of low survival and unmet need”.

Presented by Professor Sean Grimmond, Director, University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research

When: Friday 29 October
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Where: online
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Advanced Communication Skills Retreat
When: 5 - 8 October
Where: Yarra Valley Lodge
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Blood Not Bone Marrow? The Potential Role for Blood Testing to Improve Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis and Therapy
When: Thursday 7 October
Time: 5.30pm
Where: Online
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Cancer and COVID-19 – The Psychological Impact
When: Thursday 7 October
Where: Online
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Victorian Cancer Bioinformatics Symposium
When: Friday 8 October
Where: Monash University and online
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Nurses Integrating Optimal Cancer Survivorship Care: It's Everyone's Business
When: Tuesday 12 October
When: 7pm to 8.30pm
Where: Online
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Good Clinical Practice Refresher Courses
This training is compulsory for employees of Monash Partners' partner organisations who plan to conduct, or are involved in, a clinical trial
When: 14 Oct, 12 Nov, 9 Dec
Where: Online
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Consumer and Community Involvement and Clinical Trials
Presentations will include consumers, researchers, clinicians and industry partners.
When: Thursday 15 October
Time: 11am to 1pm
Where: Online
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6th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Research Forum
When: Thursday 21 October
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Where: Online
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VICS Supportive Care Showcase – Innovative Ideas & New Realities
When: Thursday 28 October
Time: 4.30pm to 5.45pm
Where: Online
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Victorian COVID19 Cancer Network webinar recordings
View the Cancer and COVID19 in Victoria webinar series at your own convenience, including topics such as: 

  • Cancer Nursing Report - The cancer costs of the pandemic 
  • The answer is yes. Clinical notes on COVID-19 vaccinations for patients with cancer
  • Challenges and perspectives from the USA·Delayed cancer diagnoses and the impact on primary care
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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 »

IL-6 family cytokines in respiratory health and disease Read article »

Real-world utilisation of ASCT in multiple myeloma (MM): a report from the Australian and New Zealand myeloma and related diseases registry (MRDR) Read article »

Human myeloma cell- and plasma-derived extracellular vesicles contribute to functional regulation of stromal cells Read article »

Evaluation of FGFR targeting in breast cancer through interrogation of patient-derived models Read article »

Perceptions and work-readiness of Australian physiotherapists in cancer care: a national evaluation  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); 
Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre (Monash Partners).
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