A cancer centre unique in Australia for its close integration of patient care with research and education, and its focus on cancer prevention is being built adjacent to the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.
The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) will be an integrated cancer centre that focuses on innovative prevention strategies, clinical, biomedical and translational research and holistic patient care. The FCIC is a joint venture between Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) and the FMC Foundation and will occupy a state-of-the-art building to be constructed on the Flinders Medical Centre campus. Building commenced in August 2010 and the expected completion date is late 2011.
Funding support for the $27 mill building has come from Federal government ($10 mill), SA State Government ($7.5 mill), and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation ($1 mill), Cancer Council of SA ($2 mill), Flinders University ($2 mill) and the FMC Clinicians Truct Fund ($1 mill) with the remainder from public donations and corporate sponsorship.
The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer incorporates the LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre and the ACRF Cancer Prevention Unit, providing a world-class home for many of Australia’s leading cancer prevention, control and survivorship researchers.
Cancer Prevention Unit
Researchers at Flinders University and Flinders Medical Centre are already working collaboratively within the Flinders Centre for Cancer Prevention and Control (FCCPC) – a network of around 90 clinicians, scientists and health professionals working on a diverse range of research projects in the cancer field. Construction of the FCIC building will bring this diverse group of professionals under the one roof and enable them to develop more effective multidisciplinary solutions to the growing problem of cancer control.
Better care and research that makes a difference:
Experience in the US has shown that such integration of research with patient care and education within ‘comprehensive’ cancer centres produces the most significant advances in cancer care. The FCIC will be the first cancer centre in Australia to adopt the US ‘comprehensive’ model. It will provide an ideal environment for the translation of research outcomes into clinical practice so that they can be of real benefit to patients and the community.
See also: Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer partner, FMC Foundation