Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Taskforce

The Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN) is a joint initiative of the MPCCC and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) alliance. The VCCN taps the extensive knowledge held by individual clinicians, departments, institutions and patient advocacy groups across Victoria, Australia and internationally.

The network is backed by a taskforce of expert members representing a wide range of disciplines including general practice, medical oncology, haematology, radiation oncology, paediatric and geriatric oncology, pharmacy and other specialities, as well as consumers, patient and government representatives.

Download a copy of the VCCN organisational chart.

Taskforce Chairs

Professor Grant McArthur
Executive Director, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Associate Professor Sue-Anne McLachlan
Medical Director of Oncology and Cancer Services, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Dr Andrew Haydon
Joint Clinical Director, SMICS; Medical Oncologist, Alfred Health

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Zee Wan Wong
Joint Clinical Director, SMICS; Head of Oncology, Peninsula Health

Taskforce members

Amanda Winiata
Manager Programs, Breast Cancer Network of Australia

Danielle Spence
Head of Support Services, Cancer Council Victoria

Kathryn Whitfield
Acting Director, Cancer, Specialty Programs, Medical Research & International Health, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Dr David Speakman
Chief Medical Officer, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr David Blakey 
Radiation Oncologist, GenesisCare

Professor Eva Segelov
Clinical Research Representative, MPCCC; Professor Director of Oncology, Monash Health and Monash University

Dr Tricia Wright
Haematology, Alfred Health

Dr Ines Rio
Section of GP Chair, AMA Vic

Sue Bartlett   
Nurse Unit Manager, Alfred Health

Associate Professor Brian Le
Director Palliative Care, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Craig Underhill 
Medical Oncologist, Border Medical Oncology

Dr Christopher Steer
Medical Oncologist, Border Medical Oncology

Dr Ben Teh
Department of Infectious Disease, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Peter Downie
Paediatric Haematology-Oncology and Director,Children’s Cancer Centre, Monash Children’s Hospital

Professor Julian Savulescu
Melbourne Law School and Melbourne Medical School

Geraldine McDonald
Director Prevention & Wellbeing, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Jay Hamann
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Hospital Liaison Officer, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Leslie Gilham    
Consumer Representative

Janne Williams
Consumer Representative

Sophy Athan
Consumer Representative



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