Peter Mac

About Peter Mac

Peter Mac is one of the world’s leading cancer research, education and treatment centres and is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer.

Our team is made up of 3,300 staff, including more than 750 laboratory and clinical researchers, all focused on providing better treatments, better care and potential cures for cancer. We plan and operate from our core values of innovation, excellence and compassion.

Peter Mac’s research impacts people with all types of cancer, right around the globe. With your support, we can bring hope to even more people.

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Our research

Peter Mac is committed to linking patient care with cancer research. Our clinical researchers take their observations from the clinic and plan their research directions with patients in mind, across all tumour types and services.

By supporting Peter Mac, you will help enable life-saving cancer research and give new hope to all people affected by cancer. Your support will:

  • Give leading researchers the specialised technologies and resources they need to discover cancer cures;
  • Provide seed funding to help internationally-recognised researchers explore bold new research ideas that could change the way we think about cancer;
  • Help ensure we have access to income that will support our work for generations to come.

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“I am deeply grateful to Peter Mac on a personal level for saving my dad’s life after diagnosis with stage IV metastatic melanoma; more than 10 years on and he’s still a survivor. These are the types of differences in people’s lives that Peter Mac makes.

“On a professional level, I am sincerely thankful for Peter Mac initiatives like the Lea Medal, which I was awarded for my work on resistance to therapies for melanoma. Receiving this funding allowed me to expand my research with world leaders in my field and gave me the opportunity to present my research at international conferences and Medical Research Institutes. Ultimately, it means my work is one step closer to making a real difference for melanoma patients.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to the Peter Mac Foundation and all the generous fundraisers who step up to contribute to something bigger than themselves.

– Dr Lorey Smith, Senior Research Officer in Professor Grant McArthur’s Laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and an Honorary Fellow in the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, University of Melbourne

The history of Peter Mac

Seventy-four years ago, Sir Peter MacCallum and Dr Rutherford Kaye-Scott convinced the Victorian Government to set up Victoria’s first dedicated cancer centre. Sir Peter MacCallum believed that nothing but the best was good enough in cancer care.

From modest beginnings – just a single room in the then Queen Victoria Hospital in Melbourne – the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has grown to become one of the world’s leading cancer research, education and treatment centres globally.

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