Research achievements

The Translational Cancer Research Centres (TCRCs) were established in 2011 to facilitate more efficient and effective incorporation of research, clinical training, education and service delivery. The program achieves this through links between leading research and clinical centres.

Findings and achievements

Since inception TCRCs have significantly increased the translational cancer research capacity of NSW.

7 TCRCs established since 2011

There is evidence of new collaborations forming between researchers and clinicians that would not have existed otherwise.

1081 members 

1081 members from 86 institutions who were actively involved in flagship projects.

86 participating institutions

The TCRCs are bridging administrative and institutional boundaries by bringing together universities, research institutes, hospitals and local health districts.

125 flagship programs and projects

1000+ publications per year by members including 25 per cent directly linked to flagship programs.

Leveraging further funding

By the end of 2014 TCRC members had collectively received $160 million in grant funding from other sources.

The impact of the TCRCs

New and strengthened collaborations between researchers and clinicians are helping bridge the gap between research and care and have provided capacity for system-wide practice change. 

The HOTTer West Program

This program has resulted in: 

  • The Hepatocellular Carcinoma surveillance program commencing in Sydney West.
  • Strong relationships established with local
    General Practices.
  • Patient and health practitioner resources developed to raise awareness of viral hepatitis detection and management to prevent liver cancer. 

Hereditary cancer program

This program has:

  • increased the efficiency and cost‐effectiveness of BRCA gene
    mutation testing in the area
  • improved dissemination of information about genetic risk among affected families
  • implemented new diagnostic tools to identify Lynch syndrome cases (Hereditary Bowel Cancer).

Communities of Practice

The TCRCs have supported the development of communities of practice which meet to promote expertise being transferred across organisations and allow members to work on common priorities. 

The Biobanking Stakeholder Network has reduced the fragmentation of
biobanks across NSW. Progress has been made in:

  • standardising consent processes for unspecified use of specimens and data
  • maximising research using biobanks
  • linking data
  • supporting the work of NSW Pathology and the Ministry of Health.

The Implementation Group Community of Practice supports the translation
of research findings into policy and practice. Priority projects have addressed:

  • developing an implementation science education program
  • smoking cessation support for cancer patients.

Communities of practice have provided a structure for coordination and collaboration between diverse, multidisciplinary research teams.

Next steps

  • Strengthening TCRCs to realise the full potential of translation of research and innovation, leading to improvements in cancer control in NSW.
  • Expanding communities of practice as a way of working across other Cancer Institute NSW programs.