Program for visit to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 19 September 2017
1. VCCC Biomedical Engineering workshop and roles
2. Linear Accelerators located in Basement 1
3. Theatre and HDR unit located in Level 6 (Depending on the Day the availability of the unit)
4. Chemotherapy Day Unit
5. Level 12 (If there is enough sunlight)
Our Ground floor café is open until 6:30 pm.
PeterMac Cancer Centre started approximately 70 years ago in one room in Queen Victoria hospital in Melbourne.
Sir Peter MacCallum and Dr Rutherford Kaye-Scott convinced the Victorian Government to set up Victoria’s first dedicated cancer centre.
Biomedical Engineers have been supporting Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre from 1976 when Electro medical device safety became more important.
Dr. John Coles, our first Biomedical Engineer worked along with Peter Mac Physicists to maintain Physics equipment associated with radiotherapy and develop new treatment delivery devices.
By 1986, when its name changed from the ‘Cancer Institute’ to the ‘Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute’, it occupied 11 different sites across Melbourne.
These locations were consolidated in 1994 on the site of the former St Andrews Hospital in East Melbourne.
In June 2016, Peter Mac moved to its new home within $1 billion purpose built Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
As part of Physical Sciences department, Biomedical Engineer’s role at Petermac are listed below,
· Maintaining Brachytherapy devices (Including HDR Source changes), Physics QA and planning devices
· Maintain Medical devices as per AS3551 standard.
· Provide clinical support for Ultrasound guided biopsies, Microwave ablation, Photo Dynamic Therapy and Laser treatment.
· Research and Develop new Radiotherapy treatment aids..