The Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group (ANZUP Cancer Trials Group Ltd, “ANZUP”) became a company limited by guarantee on 9 October 2008. The official launch of ANZUP was held on 20th March 2009 in Sydney.
ANZUP is a cooperative and multi-disciplinary organisation with both Australian and international collaborations. ANZUP was formed by the merge of the Australian Prostate and Urogenital cancer Group (APUG) and the Australian and New Zealand Germ Cell Trials Group (ANZGCTG). APUG was formed as a national cooperative clinical trials group encompassing all urologic cancers (prostate, kidney, bladder/urothelial, testis and other related tumours). The aim of APUG was to bring together multiple professional disciplines and interested people to perform high quality clinical trials in urologic cancers, and to promote the systematic collection of data and tissues and facilitates basic and translational research in relation to clinical trials. ANZGCTG was a long established network of over 100 clinicians and researchers and was at the time the only national organisation dedicated to high-quality clinical research for people affected by germ cell cancers. It was the lead collaborative group for testicular cancer trials in Australia and New Zealand.
Funding for APUG was initially derived from a grant from the Victorian Cancer Agency. Subsequently funding was secured from Cancer Australia to support the merge of APUG and ANZGCTG. ANZUP was awarded ongoing funding from Cancer Australia through its Support for Clinical Trials program from January 2009 until 30 June 2010, and this was renewed from 1 July 2010.
ANZUP was formed to meet a need for greater collaboration within the Australian medical community on research and clinical trials, particularly for urogenital cancers (prostate, testicular, kidney and bladder) and to find better ways to treat cancer in order to improve patient outcomes, particularly life expectancy and quality of life. The network aims to bring together the professionals and organisations that conduct and support cancer research.
ANZUP currently has members from Australia and New Zealand from all relevant professional medical, nursing, allied health, basic science and other disciplines, and a robust consumer/community involvement.