The Starting Point
A proposition had percolated for a number of years for a comprehensive cancer centre to create a powerful alliance of eight successful Victorian organisations committed to cancer control: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health (including The Royal Melbourne Hospital), The University of Melbourne, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, The Royal Women’s Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Western Health and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. This was to become the “Boston of the South”.
Waterfield was engaged as an independent facilitator to design and facilitate a process to bring all parties to an agreement on how to structure and govern this complex entity.
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre concept, structure and governance model was collectively developed and agreed by all parties. The business case was signed off by the Victorian State Government and successfully joint funded by the State and Federal Governments for $1.0 Billion. The aspiration to be the outstanding cancer research and shared practice centre in the South is now being realised.