Founding Institutions

UNSW Sydney

The TCRN is engaging with UNSW centres within the field of cancer research - the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE), the Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the Centre for Big Data Research in Health

The CPHCE brings extensive research experience in primary health care practice, including prevention of cancer through behaviour modification. Their instruments for assessing quality of care and shared decision making will make an important contribution to the TCRN.

UNSW is also home to the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, within which the Adult Cancer Program (ACP) resides. The ACP brings together internationally recognised teams of basic science, population health and clinical researchers to address the problem of human cancer, and promotes a strong link between research and patient care. The TCRN benefits greatly from the experience, resources and expertise of the ACP research groups.

In addition, UNSW contributes their strong reputation in medical education to the TCRN, through our active collaborations with the Clinical Schools of Prince of Wales and St George and the School of Medical Sciences(SOMS).

Prince of Wales Hospital

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The Prince of Wales Hospital (POWH) is a major teaching hospital based in Sydney's eastern suburbs that provides comprehensive cancer services to residents from throughout NSW. It is part of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) and is affiliated with UNSW, one of Australia’s premier institutions for medical education. It provides excellence in cancer care in conjunction with a commitment to clinical teaching and medical research. As a founding TCRN institution, POWH will strengthen existing collaborations and help ensure the effective translation of research findings across the SESLHD.

The POWH, Randwick is the site of the Bright Alliance building project, which comprises a new five-level Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre ("NCCC") facility in the footprint of the existing Prince of Wales Hospital Radiotherapy Department, the new two-level Scientia Clinical Research facility and three-level Sydney Children’s Hospital Network expansion. The NCCC will deliver modern facilities for the treatment of patients with cancer and blood disorders in one centralised location at the Randwick hospitals campus. UNSW Australia’s Scientia Clinical Research will be the first purpose-built early phase clinical trial facility in NSW. 

 The TCRN will provide a vital connection with these centres to facilitate the effective integration of research into clinical practice.

St George Hospital

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St George Hospital (SGH) offers comprehensive cancer services in Sydney’s southern suburbs and it is an accredited principal teaching hospital of UNSW. The St George Cancer Care Centre houses NSW’s first Prostate Cancer Institute, which was opened in mid-2011. As a founding TCRN institution, SGH Cancer Care Centre delivers world’s best practice in multidisciplinary care, through a workforce with a demonstrable commitment to clinical research.

Royal Hospital for Women

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The Royal Hospital for Women (RHW) provides the leading gynaecological cancer service in Australia, which is underpinned by a strong commitment to and engagement in research. The RHW’s gynaecological cancer service is recognised nationally and internationally for its clinical excellence, and it brings this experience and expertise to the TCRN. As a principal teaching hospital of UNSW, the RHW has a history of innovation in women's health care services, teaching and research.

The Sutherland Hospital

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The Sutherland Hospital (TSH) provides a comprehensive range of health services, including cancer services, to the residents of the Sutherland Shire in southern Sydney. TSH is an associated teaching hospital of UNSW, with medical staff provided from the larger teaching hospitals in the SESLHD Central Hospital Network – St George and Prince of Wales.

Border Medical Oncology Research Unit

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The Border Medical Oncology (BMO), located in Albury NSW, is recognised as a leading regional centre for excellence in cancer care, providing specialist treatment for cancer patients from Albury-Wodonga and surrounding areas. BMO is dedicated to the treatment of patients diagnosed with solid tumours and haematological malignancies. The BMO Research Unit has been operating within BMO as a non-profit organisation since 1998, with its research centring on clinical studies for cancer patients and an aim of making clinical research studies available to patients within the local area. As a TCRN Founding Institution, BMO provides valuable regional linkages that will help ensure that the translation of research into clinical practice extends from metropolitan to regional centres.

University of Technology Sydney - CHERE

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The Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) is part of UTS (University of Technology Sydney) and recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in health economics and health services research. CHERE’s aim is to contribute to the development and application of health economics and health services research through research, teaching and policy support.

CHERE is strongly engaged with health policy makers, health care agencies and clinicians to facilitate the use of research findings in the development of health policy and practice, and will contribute this expertise to the TCRN.