This cancer plan provides a framework to support all Victorians, people affected by cancer and health professionals – across public and private providers and primary, community and acute care settings – to work together towards common goals.

- Victorian cancer plan 2016 -2020

Something that may be of interest to you:
My Cancer Diagnosis Explained
– now available

The My Cancer Diagnosis Explained (MCDE) summary is a resource that you can use to provide patients and their carers, individualised written information at the time a patient is first told of their cancer diagnosis.

The MCDE summary supports the ‘diagnosis and next steps’ conversation with patients by:

  • helping clinicians to deliver specific information about the cancer diagnosis

  • enabling effective communication that meets each patient’s needs

  • linking the patient to information and services that can help them

  • ensuring the patient is informed and can therefore be actively engaged in decisions about their health

  • providing the patient with take-home information they can refer to and reflect on after the consultation.​

End of Life conversations 
“End of Life conversations” online training module

“End of Life conversations” is a new online training module from Cancer Council Victoria to provide health professionals with the skills and confidence to effectively discuss death and dying with people affected by cancer.
This free, 60-minute online course provides health professionals with evidence-based skills for effective communication about end of life.Learning outcomes include:
1.    Identify the benefits of learning communication skills for both clinician and patient.
2.    Identify the communication skills required for conducting effective end of life discussions
3.    Describe a range of techniques to assess patient understanding.
On completion, health professionals who would like to further develop and practice their communication skills can contact for information on other courses and experiential workshops. 

Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund
– Now Open

In 2016 the Victorian Government launched the Victorian Medical Acceleration Fund which continues to support the health and medical research sector and researchers to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Victorians.


Minister Mikakos has announced the opening of Round 4 of the Victorian Medical Acceleration Fund.

The Victorian Medical Acceleration Fund aims to:

  • Support early stage research including discovery research, clinical research and health practice

  • Provide up to $3 million in research grants available per round to help address current market research gaps.

  • Develop collaborative partnerships between health services, industry, medical research institutes and universities, both nationally and internationally to provide a collective impact for research projects.

Questions? Please contact the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund team on 9096 0303 or email

2020 Symptom and Urgent Review Clinic (SURC) funding round
– Now Open

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is inviting expressions of interest (EOI) from Victorian public health services for funding to undertake a local project to establish a Cancer Symptom and Urgent Review Clinic (SURC) within their health service.

The 2020 Grants Scheme will provide up to $110,000 to successful services over the next 13 months.

Applications are invited from Victorian public health services that provide more than 1,000 episodes of same day chemotherapy services per annum.

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