Cancer Research Honours Program 2020 Project 3

Project 3: Are we measuring the right ‘KPIs’ in lung cancer care?

Lung cancer is the biggest cause of cancer deaths in Australia and despite improvements in diagnosis and treatment, 5-year survival remains very low (around 16%). The Victorian Lung Cancer Registry (VLCR) is a clinical quality registry established in 2011 to benchmark and report on quality of care for Victorians diagnosed with lung cancer, with the aim of identifying variation, improving care and optimising patient outcomes. A number of quality indicators (analogous to KPIs) have formed the basis for the data items collected by the registry and the benchmarked reports that go back to participating hospitals. However, the landscape of lung cancer care is rapidly evolving, and it is time to reassess the value of the 23 indicators that were selected in 2011, and ensure that we are still measuring the right aspects of care to achieve the aims of the registry. This project will involve a strong component of literature review and would suit a candidate with excellent understanding of the Australian healthcare system as well as a strong interest in oncology.

Please contact Margaret Brand to apply for this honours project.

Phone 03 (9903 0206) Email:  margaret.brand@monash.edu

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Cancer Research Honours Program 2020 Project 2

Project 2: Exploring the real-world impact of new diagnostic and therapeutic developments in lung cancer

We have entered an exciting new era in cancer therapies, where individualised therapies for specific tumour gene changes and therapies that mobilise the patient’s immune system against a tumour are becoming commonplace. In lung cancer, tyrosine kinase inhibitors (for certain EGFR gene mutations and ALK gene translocations) and PD-L1 inhibitors (immunotherapy agents such as nivolumab, pembrolizumab) are making a huge impact on survival and quality of life for some patients. The Victorian Lung Cancer Registry (VLCR) at Monash University is a clinical quality registry that has been collecting diagnosis, treatment and survival data (and some quality of life data) on a large proportion of Victorians with lung cancer since 2011 and has amassed thousands of patient records. In recent years, VLCR has included data on the molecular testing results of lung cancers (for EGFR, ALK and PD-L1) and the use of targeted therapies and immunotherapies. An opportunity exists to enhance and analyse the existing data, and explore the impact of molecular testing and targeted therapies on survival from lung cancer.

Applicants please note: Although this proposal relates to molecular pathology and immunotherapies, this is NOT laboratory research or clinical trial work – we are a health services research team focused on observing and measuring quality of care in different cancer streams, and linking these with patient outcomes.

Please contact Margaret Brand to apply for this honours project.

Phone 03 (9903 0206) Email:  margaret.brand@monash.edu

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Finishing studies? Come to a Career Connect Masterclass!

Hello from Career Connect!

We’ve got some great news for students who are completing or about to complete their studies. Career Connect’s Masterclasses are back.

Our week of intensive employability workshops were such a success back in July that we’re holding a new series from November 25 to 28. And there will be some new sessions specially created for students ready to get their post-study career journey underway.

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Alumni Convos – Carla Edgley

Current Role: Project Officer, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Trials Ltd (formerly Australia and New Zealand Melanoma Trial Group (ANZMTG).

Degree: Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) (Public Health), Bachelor of Science (Physiology). 

Since Graduating in 2017 Carla has gone on to do a wide range of roles within the healthcare industry. Carla has done everything from administration at Cabrini Hospital (whilst completing her studies) to research and clinical trial work with the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. Carla is currently working as a Project Officer for Melanoma and Skin Cancer Trials Ltd. 

Learn more about Carla’s exciting journey at university and in her career below:

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October 2019 Masters Information Session

The Faculty of Science is pleased to present its first Masters Information Session to help you explore the graduate coursework options open to you after completing your science undergraduate degree.

You are invited to attend our inaugural Masters Information Session: Courses and Careers Paths session on Tuesday, October 8 between 5.00pm and 7.00pm at S1, S3, and S4, 16 Rainforest Walk.

The session will also provide you with the opportunity to meet Course Directors, current students, Alumni and speak with staff to gain an understanding of how the course could work for you based on your career aspirations and goals.

Course advisers will be on hand for breakout information sessions to provide you with detailed information about the:

Master of Environment and Sustainability
Master of Financial Mathematics
Master of Food Science and Agribusiness
Master of Mathematics
Master of Science (Astrophysics, Atmospheric Science, Earth Science and Physics)

In addition to invaluable information about our graduate courses, the Expo will provide you with advice on topics such as FEE-HELP, Credit Transfer, Study Mode, and more.

If you are interested in attending this information-packed event, please register here.

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Alumni Convos – Irene Klymenko

Current Role: Strategy and Operations Consultant, Deloitte Consulting 

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology)/ Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Government)

Irene is currently working as a consultant for Deloitte, she has extensive experience in management consulting, government administration, business performance improvement, retail operations and customer service.

If you are interested in consulting as a career find out more about Irene’s Journey below

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