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Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC)

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building from Elizabeth Street. Photography by Peter Bennetts.
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building from Elizabeth Street. Photography by Peter Bennetts.

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), a $1 billion facility purpose-built for cancer research, treatment, care and education, was officially opened in July 2016 in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville, Victoria.

The VCCC is Australia’s first comprehensive cancer centre with the vision to save lives by connecting the world’s best in cancer research, education, treatment and care.

Located in Parkville’s biomedical precinct, the 13-storey VCCC is the modern new home of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac) and includes 160 inpatient beds, 110 same-day beds, eight operating theatres, two procedure rooms, eight radiation therapy bunkers, a clinical trials unit and overnight accommodation for country patients.

The VCCC building will host up to 1,200 cancer researchers, with over 25,000 square metres of dedicated research space for Peter Mac, Melbourne Health, and the University of Melbourne. It features education and training facilities including 47 seminar and meeting spaces and a large lecture theatre.

Link bridges connect the VCCC building to four new floors on top of the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), including the new world class 42-bed intensive care unit caring for critically ill patients from the RMH, the Women’s and Peter Mac.

You can view the VCCC building in an online tour.

The VCCC was delivered as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) under the Victorian Government's Partnerships Victoria policy. Plenary Health consortium is the private sector partner.

The VCCC was funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments, contributing a total of $854.6 million, with the remaining funds from member contributions, sale of surplus land and philanthropic donations.

Construction of the VCCC building commenced in 2011, and was completed on time and on budget for patients and staff to move into the building from June 2016.

In addition to the new building, ten world-leading cancer organisations have come together to form the VCCC Alliance to share knowledge and resources and drive the next generation of cancer research, education, treatment and care.