MDT

The Australian and New Zealand Head Neck Cancer Society holds multidisciplinary care as a core value.

Multidisciplinary teams (MDT’s) of medical and allied health professionals cooperatively develop treatment options for each patient.   

For patients, MDT care improves:

  • survival rates
  • efficient  and timely progression from diagnosis to treatment
  • care in accordance with  clinical practice guidelines
  • information access
  • satisfaction
  • opportunity for second opinions
  • access to research trials

For clinicians, MDT practice:

  • reduces service duplication
  • streamlines management pathways
  • enhances communication and co-ordination
  • provides educational opportunities
  • improves patient outcomes
  • increases research opportunities

The following MDT’s in each state are staffed by many of our ANZHNCS members.    

If you notice your MDT is not listed, please email bss@amaq.com.au for a blank template.

ACT

The Canberra Hospital
Meetings: Thursdays, fortnightly from 5.00pm
Co-ordinator: Christine Keys
Ph 02 6174 8531
Fax 02 6244 2887
Email mdtreferrals@act.gov.au
Chairperson: Dr Lyn Austen
Method of referral: Via attending Consultants to MDT Admin co-ordinator or Head and Neck Cancer Specialist Nurse
Medical Specialities: Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Pathology
Allied Health: Cancer Specialist Nurse, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Speech Pathology, Nutrition (consulted following the Clinic but not usually present)

QLD

Royal Brisbane and Womens’ Hospital
Meetings: Friday every week from 7.30am – 1.00pm
Co-ordinator: Lisa Cochrane
Ph 07 3646 3598
Email RBWH-Head&Neck-MDT@health.qld.gvo.au
Chairperson: Dr Robert Hodge
Method of referral: Via attending Consultants (contact Lisa Cochrane)
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care, Respiratory Medicine, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine (PET), Pathology
Allied Health: Speech pathology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Dentistry, Social Work, Nursing, Data Management, Cancer care co-ordinator
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Meetings: Tuesday weekly. 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Co-ordinator: Ph (07) 3176 2315
Fax (07) 3176 5213
Email Head_and_neck_clinic@health.qld.gov.au
Chairperson: Dr Chris Perry
Method of referral: Via fax number or referring consultants
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngolgy-Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Radiation oncology, Medical Oncology, Radiology, Pathology, Palliative Care, Pathology
Allied Health: Dentistry, Social Work, Speech Pathology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Data management
Gold Coast Hospital
Meetings: Monday every fortnight. 7:30am- 9:30am
Co-ordinator: Jeanie White
Ph (07) 56691266
Email Gch_MDT_Co-ordinator@Health.qld.gov.au
Chairperson: Dr Jim Hallam
Method of referral: Via attending consultants or contact ENT Registrar on call or Co-ordinator
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Radiology
Allied Health: Speech pathology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Cancer care co-ordinator, Data management
Townsville and Cairns Base Hospitals
Meetings: Tuesdays Weekly 8.30am - 12.30pm
Co-ordinator:  
Chairperson: Dr Michael Collins
Method of referral: Via consultants or to email address
Medical Specialities: Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Palliative Care, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Pathology
Allied Health: Dentistry, Speech Pathology, Dietician, Social Work, Aboriginal Liason, Nursing, Physiotherapist, Onco-Psychologist, Cancer care co-ordinator, Travel officer
Ipswich Hospital
Meetings: Thursday every second week. 12:00pm – 13:30pm
Co-ordinator:  
Chairperson: Dr Craig Bond
Method of referral: Via consultants, ENT outpatients at Ipswich Hospital
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology
Allied Health: Dentistry, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Palliative Care Nurse
Toowoomba Hospital
Meetings: Wednesday every second week. 12:00hrs
Co-ordinator: Cheryl Falknau.
Ph (07) 4616 5124
Fax (07) 4616 5933
Email Cheryl_falknau@health.qld.gov.au
Chairperson: Dr Eric Khoo
Method of referral: Via attending consultants
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Pathology
Allied Health: Dentistry, Speech pathology, Palliative care nurse

Western Australia

Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital
Meetings: Monday weekly: 8.30am - 10.00am
Co-ordinator: Ms Cathy Goldfinch
ph 08 9346 3089
Fax 08 9346 4899
Email Cathy.goldfinch@health.wa.gov.au
Chairperson: Dr Geoffrey Hee
Method of referral: Fax or email
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Radiation oncology, medical oncology, diagnostic radiology
Allied Health: Dentistry, dietetics, physiotherapy, speech pathology, nursing, social worker, data management
Royal Perth Hospital
Meetings: Monday weekly 8.00am - 10.00am
Co-ordinator: Dr Richard Lewis
Chairperson: Dr Richard Lewis
Method of referral: via attending specialists or registrars. ENT Department Secretary Ph (08) 92243039  
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Radiology
Allied Health: Dentistry, Speech Pathology, Dietetics, Nursing, Cancer Care co-ordinator

Northern Territory

Royal Darwin Hospital
Meetings: Weekly on Wednesday, 8.00am to 9.00am
Co-ordinator: MDT Co-ordinator
Email cancermdtcoordinator@nt.gov.au
Ph 08 8944 8237
Chairperson: Dr Mahiban Thomas
Method of referral: Email patient details 48 hours in advance
Medical Specialities: Maxillofacial/Head & Neck Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Radiology, Pathology, General Surgery (irregularly when there is a referral or a combined case), Palliative Care
Allied Health: MDT Co-ordinator, Cancer Council, Dietician, Speech Pathologist, Dental, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Worker

New South Wales

Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle
Meetings: Weekly on Tuesday 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Co-ordinator:

Gai Shylan

H&N/Thyroid Cancer Care Coordinator
Ph (02) 4014 47513176 2315
Mob 0408 149 812
Fax (02) 4014 4747
Email: Gai.Shylan@calvarymater.org.au

Chairperson: Dr Chris Wratten
Method of referral: Via attending consultants
FAX to Cancer Care Coordinator
(02) 4014 4747
Medical Specialities: Radiation Oncology, Medical Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine
Allied Health: Nursing - Cancer Car Coordinator, Social Work, Nutrition & Dietetics, Psycho Oncology

 Royal North Shore Hospital

Meetings: Every Tuesday 2.00pm-3.30pm with a clinic following
Co-ordinator: Head and Neck Cancer Nurse Co-ordinator
Paula Macleod
Ph 02 9463 1207
Fax 02 9463 1091
Mobile: 0422 007 407
Email: paula.macleod@health.nsw.gov.au
Chairperson: Associate Professor David Veivers
Method of referral: Direct to co-ordinator or via attending consultants
Medical Specialities: Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgeons, Nuclear Medicine, Pathology, Radiology, Oral Surgeon, Plastic Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons
Allied Health: Dietician and Speech Pathology
St George Hospital
Meetings: Tuesday (weekly) 8-12pm
Co-ordinator: Ms Teresa Baldassarre, MDT Co-ordinator
Ph 02 9113 3832
Fax 02 9113 3958
Chairperson: Dr Eric Hau, Radiation Oncologist
Method of referral: Via attending Consultants (phone Teresa Baldassarre)
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care, Radiology, Pathology
Allied Health: Speech Pathology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Dentistry, Nursing, Palliative Care CNC

St Vincent’s Hospital

Meetings: Weekly (Tues at 11:00am)
Kinghorn Cancer Centre
370 Victoria St
Darlinghurst 2010
Co-ordinator: Liz Connolly
Chairperson: Dr Stephen Cooper
Method of referral: Contact consultant directly or contact Radiotherapy Ph (02) 8382 9360 or fax (02) 8382 9394
Medical Specialities: ENT Head and Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical oncology, Radiology, Nuclear medicine, Plastic surgery. Anatomical pathology
Allied Health: Dietician, speech therapist, nurse co-ordinator, social worker, Cancer care co-ordinator. Not attending meeting but available: psychologist, palliative care, occupational therapist
Gosford Hospital
Meetings: Monthly (1st Monday)
Co-ordinator: Sonia Bisson
Cancer Nurse Co-ordinator
Emai sbissons@nsccahs.health.nsw.gov.au
Ph (02) 43209823
Chairperson: Dr Craig Johnston
Method of referral: Direct from members of mdt meeting
Medical Specialities: ENT, Radiation and medical oncology, radiology, pathology [as required]
Allied Health: Dentistry,psychology, dietetics, cancer care coordinator, speech pathology [as required]

Victoria

Box Hill Hospital
Meetings: Alternate Fridays 7.30am - 8.30am
Co-ordinator:

Yolanda ebanks and Jean Whittle
MDM Administrative Support Team
Eastern Health Box Hill
Level 4, 5 Arnold Street, Box Hill
Ph 03 8804 8547
Email eastern.health@cacnermdm.com.au

Chairperson: Sherryl Wagstaff
Method of referral: Via secure internet access and via the administrative support
Medical Specialities: Radiation Oncology, Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Radiology, Registrars and Residents
Allied Health: Speech pathology, Nursing, Dietitian

 

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Meetings: Tuesdays weekly 7.30am - 9.00am
Co-ordinator:

Simone Michetti
Ph 03 9656 1726
Email simone.michetti@petermac.org
Fax 03 9656 1424

Chairperson: A/Prof June Corry
Method of referral: Referral to a consultant member of the MDT
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Pathology, Endocrinology (for relevant cases) Dental Oncology
Allied Health: Speech pathology, Nursing, Radiation Therapy Services
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Meetings: Weekly Wednesday Morning 7.15am
Co-ordinator: Rebecca Clark
Ph 03 93428187
Fax 03 93427501
Email Rebecca.Clark2@mh.org.au
Chairperson: Associate Professor David Wiesenfeld
Method of referral: Written or email to Co-ordinator
Medical Specialities: Surgery: Otolaryngology Head and Neck, Oral and Maxillofacial, Reconstructive Plastic, General.
Consultative: Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Cardio-Thoracic.
Dental Specialties: Special Needs Dentistry, Oral Medicine, Prosthodontics, Periodontics
Medical: Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Pathology
Consultative: Gastroenterology, Palliative Care, Pain Management, Medical Oncology
Allied Health: Speech Pathology, Nutrition, Clinical Psychology, Physiotherapy, Social Work
Western General Hospital
Meetings: Thursday Fortnightly 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Co-ordinator: ENT Resident Medical Officer
Ph 03 8345 6666
Chairperson: Mr Sorway Chan
Method of referral: Direct to coordinator
Medical Specialities: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Radiology, pathology, Oromaxillofacial Surgery
Allied Health:

Speech Pathology, Dietician, Nursing 

South Australia

Flinders Medical Centre
Meetings: Thursdays weekly 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Co-ordinator:

ENT Clinical Research Registrar
Email Jo.Lemke@sa.gov.au

Chairperson: Dr Caroline Connell
Method of referral: Via attending consultant (contact Jo Lemke or current ENT clinical research registrar)
Medical Specialities: Radiation Oncology, Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Medical Oncology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Radiology, Pathology
Allied Health: Dietician, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Clinical Practice Consultant Cancer Services, Dentistry, Nursing
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Meetings: Thursdays weekly 14.00 - 15.00
Co-ordinator: Amanda Walton, Dept of Radiation Oncology RAH
Ph 08 8222 4383
Fax 08 8222 2016
Email Amanda.Walton@sa.gov.au
Chairperson: Rotating chair through Specialities - currently Dr Anne Taylor, Medical Oncology
Method of referral: Via attending Consultants 
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, Radiology
Allied Health: Speech Pathology, Dietician
St Andrews Hospital
Meetings: Alternate Thursdays 7.00am - 8.00am
Co-ordinator:

Katrina Rech
Email Katrina.Rech@adradcentre.com.au
Ph 08 8228 6700

Chairperson: Dr Martin Borg
Method of referral: Via attending consultants 
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, Radiology
Allied Health: N/A

 NEW ZEALAND MDM (Tumour Board)

Waikato/Bay of Plenty (KKC) by digital conference (serving Central North Island) 
Meetings: every Thursday Morning 8.00am - 9.30am (approx)
Co-ordinator:

Robyn Hutton

Chairperson: Dr Charles de Groot (Radiation Oncologist)
Method of referral: Digital form
Medical Specialities: ENT/Head & Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Geriatrics, Palliative care
Allied Health: Dietetics, Speech & Language, Palliative Nurses, Oncology Nurses