Fox name for new melanoma trials centre

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Victoria's new Melanoma and Clinical Trials Centre will be named after trucking billionaire and philanthropist Paula Fox.

The name for the $152 million centre next to The Alfred Hospital was unveiled by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday.

"It's an entirely appropriate tribute," Mr Albanese said in a speech during his first visit to Melbourne as prime minister.

Construction of the facility on St Kilda Road has started and will bring together specialist researchers, clinical care and cancer patient treatment facilities.

The state and federal governments have each put $50 million towards the centre.

Melanoma is one of the five most common cancers in Victoria, with an average of 3000 people diagnosed every year.

Ms Fox was moved to tears when speaking of her own cancer battle after needing two surgeries and 45 stitches to remove a melanoma on her back.

"I am very blessed. A lot of people don't survive this terrible melanoma," she said.

"We knew that there were over 17,000 cases of melanoma diagnosed in Australia each year and over 1500 die."

She learned of plans to build a dedicated-melanoma centre at The Alfred as she recovered and said it was initially planned to be part of a wing of the existing hospital.

"My family got involved and before long we quickly encouraged a bigger vision and brand new home for this centre," she said.

The centre will form part of the Alfred Health's greater TrialHub program, connecting rural and regional Victorians to clinical trial opportunities.

Once operational in 2024, it will have capacity for almost 300 patients per day across 25 clinic rooms and 49 chemotherapy treatment chairs, for patient screening, assessment and treatment.

It is unknown how much money the Fox family is contributing to the project but Premier Daniel Andrews described it as significant.

"It's a fair tribute to people who have been very, very generous but all too often in the background," Mr Andrews said.

Andrew Forrest's Minderoo Foundation will contribute $10 million towards the project.

In April, the Victorian government announced the new National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary would also be named after the Fox family.

The naming of the new NGV building is "perhaps catching up" for the millions of dollars previously donated by the Fox family anonymously, Mr Andrews said.

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