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The Children's Cancer Centre (CCC) has a long, world-class history of paediatric cancer research and treatment with the establishment of the Research Unit in 1965. The CCC's reputation for excellence began from the outset, with its world-first co-ordination and publication of a multi-institutional
trial demonstrating the utility of chemotherapy in curing childhood leukaemia. This helped establish the basis for modern cancer care.
In 1971, the Department of
Clinical Haematology and Oncology was formed and in 2003, the Children's Cancer Centre was established to provide excellence across all aspects of care for children with cancer, with emphasis on clinical care, research, and teaching.
On Tuesday 10th October 2006 the new Children's Cancer Centre was officially opened by the Hon Tony Abbott, Federal Minister for Heath and the Hon Steve Bracks MP, Premier of Victoria.
In 1975 Prof Ekert was appointed Director of Haematology at the Royal Children's Hospital and in 1994 he was appointed the inaugural University of Melbourne Professor of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology.