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Victoria Joins Forces With Boston’s Healthcare Leaders

14 March 2018

Victorian medical researchers and healthcare professionals will partner with world-leading experts in cancer and paediatric health in Boston to improve access to the latest medical breakthroughs for Victorian patients.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today advanced two historic partnership agreements with Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Boston Children’s Hospital.

This builds on the existing agreement between the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Victoria’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – both world leaders in cancer research, prevention, treatment and care.

Peter Mac researcher Dr Elaine Sanij will visit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in May to work with the world’s leaders in DNA repair therapies in ovarian cancer, helping our own trial of CX-5461 at Peter Mac and advancing Australian research in the area.

This month Dr Sanij received a High Commendation in Peter Mac’s Lea Award, which recognises emerging female researchers in their early to mid-career and provides support to take part in career advancement opportunities. Dr Sanij received $10,000 to support her travel to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

In addition, a number of concrete actions under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne were agreed.

The world’s best practice and expertise in paediatric health, collaboration on research, exchange programs and innovations will now be shared with Victorian researchers.

This includes working with the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement on a core set of global standards for paediatrics, improving safety and quality of care for the youngest patients around the world.

An international working group of patients, parents and leading clinicians and academics will establish key areas of research that matter most to families.

These projects were finalised as part of a delegation to the USA to strengthen international ties between Victoria and some of the world’s most prestigious health and medical research institutions. Engagements with prominent biotech and pharmaceutical companies will also help create jobs and drive investment at home.

The Labor Government’s International Health Strategy 2016-2020: Partnering for a healthy and prosperous future outlines our vision to grow Victoria as a global exporter of health services and research. The healthcare sector contributes to more than $30 billion to the Victorian economy a year and employs more than 130,000 Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

Victoria is at the forefront of the world’s very best cancer and paediatric care. Strengthening our partnerships with Boston will ensure we remain a world leader.”

“Closer ties with Boston’s best and brightest medical minds will help us share the latest treatments and cures, and improve patient care in both countries.”

Cancer survival rates in Victoria are among the best in the world. Our partnership with Dana Farber Cancer Institute will help save even more lives by working together on future medical breakthroughs.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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