Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre


Research is central to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre’s increasing success with the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer, and support for those living with cancer.

The Centre is base for one of the world's premier cancer research institutes, the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR). Many of the Centre's medical staff have joint appointments with the LICR, enabling close collaboration.

Research at the Centre includes:

  • laboratory-based research studies,
  • translational research, which translates laboratory research findings quickly and efficiently into medical practice to benefit patients,
  • clinical trials, which test the safety and efficacy of new drugs and treatments, and
  • wellness research and program evaluation

Clinical trials

Once researchers have identified a potential new treatment or cure for cancer in the laboratory and have conducted studies that indicate that a drug or treatment is likely to be safe and effective in humans, the next step is a clinical trial, where the drug or therapy is tested on volunteer patients.

Current medical treatments are available because volunteers have participated in clinical trials that demonstrated their effectiveness.

There can never be a guarantee that participants will benefit from their involvement in a clinical trial, however, the potential benefits of taking part include:

  • being among the first to experience the latest research and treatments,
  • helping other people in a similar situation, who may benefit from the knowledge gained from the research, and
  • being more actively involved in your own health care.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre offers some patients the opportunity to take part in clinical trials. All trials must be approved by Austin Health's Human Research Ethics Committee.


Cancer Clinical Trials Centre (CCTC)

Cancer Clinical Trials Centre (CCTC) is part of the Cancer & Neurosciences CSU within the Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre. It is closely associated with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

CCTC facilitates a wide variety of cancer clinical trials that are run both nationally and internationally and has a reputation for excellence. CCTC has expertise in managing studies from Phase I to Phase IV, and participates in a mix of Investigator-initiated, Collaborative Group and Pharmaceutical sponsored research projects.

There are approximately 35 staff at CCTC comprising of Study Co-ordinators, Clinical Research Administration Assistants, Clinical Research Fellows, Ethics Submission Co-ordinators, a Data Manager and a Finance Officer. The Trial Coordinators are organised into four tumour stream teams across Medical Oncology and Clinical Haematology specialities. Each team is lead by a Clinical Team Leader and supported by a Clinical Research Administration Assistant.

The atmosphere within CCTC is energetic, friendly and cohesive, with strong teamwork ethic amongst all members and regular meetings with Investigators to discuss study management issues.

Please download the trials handbook below for information on trials currently recruiting at CCTC.

For general enquiries regarding CCTC please contact:

CCTC Administration Assistant
Samantha Chakar
Phone: 03 9496 3088