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Western Sydney Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Service

About Us


The Western Sydney Neuro-oncology Multidisciplinary Service involves collaboration between neurosurgical, medical oncology, radiation oncology and palliative care teams supported by neurology, nursing and allied health to provide a full range of services for the management of brain and spine tumours, including early diagnosis, surgical, radiation and chemotherapy treatments and palliative care.

Our mutual goal is to provide optimal care to patients in the Western Sydney area and the wider community who will benefit from neurosurgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology and palliative care services. Our team provides education on diagnosis, monitoring and treatments for brain and spine tumours. The clinical and research staff regularly attend conferences world-wide where their ground-breaking research is showcased.

Our Team

Neurosurgery

 –Dr Mark Dexter

 –Dr Jacqueline McMaster

 –Dr Gemma Olsson

 -Dr Andrew Kam

 -Dr Gordon Dandie

Medical Oncology

Dr Mark Wong

Radiation Oncology

 –Dr Najmun Nahar

 -Dr Alison Salkeld (Paediatrics and AYA)

Neurology

Dr Zebunnessa Rahman

Nursing staff

Nursing staff provide expert consultancy, case management, advocacy and support for patients admitted to hospital with brain cancer, and their families.

 -Dianne Lean

 -Kim Foxall

 -Catherine Hardman

Western Sydney Local Health District Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Team Meeting

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday our experts from Neurosurgery, Neurology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Nursing meet at the Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meeting to discuss the management of patients to ensure that they receive the most up-to-date care.

NOgIN

NOgIN is a not-for-profit support group for patients with brain tumours and their families. Its mission is dedicated to reducing the physical and emotional impact associated with the diagnosis and ongoing treatment of patients with a brain tumour. For more information, please visit https://www.westmeadprivate.com.au/Services/NOgIN

Clinics


Neurosurgery Clinic

This clinic is a public general neurosurgical clinic to which patients with intracranial pathology can be referred.

New patients should be referred to this clinic. Patients can be referred by a GP or specialist.

• Location: Westmead Hospital University Clinics

• Operates: Monday AM

• Each patient should bring their relevant imaging with them in hard copy or on disc.

Medical Oncology Clinic (Dr Mark Wong)

• Location: Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead Hospital

• Operates: Every Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Radiation Oncology Clinic (Dr Najmun Nahar)

Patients with CNS tumours may benefit from radiotherapy (External Beam radiotherapy or Stereotactic Radiosurgery).

• Location: Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead Hospital

• Operates: Every Tuesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and every Friday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Neuro-oncology Metastasis Clinic

This clinic is a multidisciplinary rapid access clinic, attended by neurosurgery and radiation oncology specialists, where patients with cerebral metastases can be reviewed. Patients are referred by specialists treating patients with other primary cancers.

• Location: Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead Hospital

• Operates: Every Friday at 1pm

Referral Process


The Western Sydney Neuro-oncology Multidisciplinary Service referrals are triaged by our medical staff. Please send us a referral with as much information as possible to assist us with managing your referral appropriately.

Patients can be referred to this service through neurosurgeons, or by emailing the referral to WSLHD-Neurosurgery-Referrals@health.nsw.gov.au.

All referrals must be to a named doctor.

NOTE: This is patient information and should be sent through secure practice software/email.

Urgent Referrals

Any patients with urgent problems should be discussed with the on-call neurosurgical registrar or consultant by calling Westmead Hospital switch 02 8890 5555.

Routine Referrals

Referral information required:

• Patient details:

• Name, address, phone, and mobile number

• Date of birth

• Medicare / Department of Veterans’ Affairs number

• Whether an interpreter is required, and the language

• State if patient is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

• State if patient is not an Australian resident

• Clinical details:

• Reason for referral

• History and co-morbidities

• Examination findings

• Investigations carried out and results

• CT and/or MRI imaging (must have films or CDs if done in the private section)

• Current medications

• Allergies and adverse reactions

• General practitioner details:

• Name and practice

• Practice address, phone and fax numbers

• Medicare provider number

• Patient’s usual general practitioner (if different from above)

• Service specific referral information:

• Current issue requiring assessment – please provide adequate details as this information will be used to triage the patient

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