MDT - New South Wales

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 for a blank template.

New South Wales

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

Gai Shylan

H&N/Thyroid Cancer Care Coordinator
Ph (02) 4014 47513176 2315
Mob 0408 149 812
Fax (02) 4014 4747

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
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: Dr Penny Mackenzie , MDT Co-ordinator
Ph 02 9113 3909
Chairperson: Dr Penny Mackenzie
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)
The Kinghorn Cancer Centre
Level 5, 370 Victoria St
Darlinghurst 2010
Co-ordinator: Tessa Ferguson
Chairperson: A/Prof Richard Gallagher
Method of referral: Contact consultant directly or contact Medical Oncology Admin Ph (02) 9355 5652/5633 or fax (02) 9355 5602 or email
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: Ph (02) 4320 9821
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: cancer care coordinator
Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at RPA
Meetings: Weekly on Monday 7:30am to 11:00am

Anna Ocwieja
Head and Neck Patient Navigator

Ph (02) 8514 0683
Fax (02) 9383 1033

Chairperson: Professor Chris Milross, Radiation Oncologist
Method of referral: Direct to Consultants
Via clinic co-ordinator 
Medical Specialities: Head & Neck Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Oral Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery,
Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Radiology
Allied Health: Speech Pathology, Dietetics, Head & Neck CNC and Nurse Co-ordinator, Clinical Counsellor