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The Children's Cancer Centre opened in October 2006. It encompasses both an inpatient and outpatient area with a new and expanded dedicated oncology pharmacy, and a state-of-the-art research laboratory.
An integrated multidisciplinary team of specialist medical, nursing, research and allied health professionals provide care and services to meet the clinical, physical, social and psychological needs of patients and parents. This multidisciplinary approach
is directed towards maximising quality of life outcomes associated with cancer treatments and long-term survivorship. The clinical service is supported by a range of sub-speciality paediatric and administrative services.
Members of the clinical team include Paediatric Medical Oncologists, Junior Medical Staff, specialty Nursing staff, Social Workers, Dietitians, Data Management, Mental Health Clinicians, Oncology Pharmacists, Art, Music and Play Therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. The Administration team work to support the clinical team of the centre.
The CCC sits within the Division of Medicine at RCH and the Early Disease and Development Division of MCRI.
The Centre has essential external links with
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac), Monash Children's Hospital and the
Royal Melbourne Hospital and is part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
A particular focus of
PICS is to "provide the best quality care, in the best facility as close to home as possible".
PICS aligns with the Victorian Government's broader cancer reform strategy through which metropolitan and regional
integrated cancer services have been established to strengthen the quality, consistency and integration of cancer care throughout Victoria. PICS is primarily a partnership between three specialist Paediatric cancer service providers; the Royal Children's Hospital
(RCH); Monash Children's and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
PICS aims to ensure that all Victorian children and adolescents with cancer and their families have access to high quality, safe and effective clinical and psychosocial care that is well coordinated and provided in environments that are conducive to
healing and coping, as close as to home as possible. Key elements of the PICS program include:
Further information about the Regional Outreach and Shared Care Program (ROSCP) and Long Term Follow-up Program (LTFP) is availabe.