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25 Jan 2017
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Professor Grant McArthur appointed new Executive Director VCCC

  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • University of Melbourne

Sights set on world’s best care for Victorian patients

Following an international search, eminent Australian clinician scientist Professor Grant McArthur has been appointed to lead the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre as Executive Director.

One of Australia’s most respected and dynamic cancer experts, Professor McArthur brings a wealth of experience and a personal and professional determination to see Victoria’s world-class cancer research accelerated into better outcomes for patients.

Chair of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Professor Linda Kristjanson said Professor McArthur joins the organisation at a critical juncture.

“The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is poised to make significant strides in cancer prevention, treatment and care. Professor McArthur brings an elite level of knowledge and expertise and a passion for cancer research and treatment, combined with an international perspective that will be catalytic for the VCCC,” said Professor Kristjanson.

“The VCCC building is established; key education, leadership, research and clinical programs are in place and a major strategic research plan is in development. Now the true potential of this unique and powerful alliance can be harnessed to accelerate knowledge from the laboratory to better outcomes for patients in Victoria and beyond.”

Professor McArthur said he was incredibly excited about the opportunity to lead the VCCC to enhance the international standing of Victoria in cancer research, education and patient care.

“I am particularly excited about the prospects of taking a team-oriented approach to the challenges of cancer with the world-leading partners in the VCCC. It is an absolute privilege to be given the opportunity to lead and work with the talented cancer community that we have here in Victoria,” said Professor McArthur.

“Being a cancer survivor gives me personal insight into the worries and fears of cancer patients and their families. Together with other cancer survivors I can share my passion and that of the families of all cancer patients for taking the fear out of a cancer diagnosis. The VCCC will mean that a Victorian with cancer will get world’s best care.”

Professor McArthur will commence as Executive Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre on April 3, 2017. He is currently the inaugural Lorenzo Galli Chair of Melanoma and Skin Cancers at the University of Melbourne and Associate Director of Research Translation and Head of the Cancer Therapeutics Program at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Media enquiries:

Avalee Weir
avalee.weir@unimelb.edu.au
t. 03 8559 7222

About the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Founded in the holistic principles of the internationally-recognised Comprehensive Cancer Centre model, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is a unique and powerful alliance of 10 leading research and clinical institutions with a shared commitment to working together to advance and accelerate cancer research, treatments, preventions and cures.

The VCCC’s multi-site, multi-disciplinary model brings together the complementary strengths of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health (including The Royal Melbourne Hospital), The University of Melbourne, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, The Royal Women’s Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Western Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (including St Vincent's Institute), Austin Health (including the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and Austin Lifesciences) and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.