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CQ Cancer service

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Patients in Central Queensland can now expect improved health outcomes and quality of life. For most cancer patients there is reduced need to travel away from their family, friends and support networks as a result of locally available cancer care services in Rockhampton and Gladstone and, as services develop, at Emerald and Biloela.

The Central Queensland (CQ) cancer service focus is cancer prevention and screening, diagnosis and treatment, survivorship and palliative care.  Our treatment facilities are at Rockhampton and Gladstone Hospitals.
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Cancer centre at Rockhampton HospitalNew services at Rockhampton HospitalWhat does this mean for Central Queenslanders?
Services availableStaffing and employmentCancer centre at Gladstone Hospital
How to access CQ Cancer ServiceContact informationGP named referrals
Early detection of cancer is linked to improved health outcomes  

Cancer centre at Rockhampton Hospital

The Rockhampton Hospital cancer centre occupies three (3) floors of the new ward block located on Canning Street, Rockhampton.

The cancer centre comprises:

  • Radiation Oncologylocated on the lower ground floor
  • Medical Oncology / Haematology ambulatory clinics and treatmentlocated on ground floor
  • Inpatient Cancer Care and Specialist Palliative Carelocated on level 1

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New services at Rockhampton Hospital

The Rockhampton radiation oncology service has two linear accelerators with a third bunker for future expansion and service development. This treatment is provided in partnership with expert cancer care provider, Genesis CancerCare.

This service provides:

  • 14 chemotherapy chairs
  • 2 isolation beds
  • 3 radiotherapy bunkers
  • 20 bed inpatient unit
  • A multidisciplinary team consultation suite
  • Specialist cancer consultation suites
  • Clinical education teaching and research facilities for cancer staff

There is access to cutting edge clinical information systems including an Oncology Information Management System (OIMS), Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), an integrated Laboratory Information system (AUSLAB) and specially designed rooms for multidisciplinary care.

This ensures professionals are able to provide genuine multidisciplinary patient centred care that is integrated with hospitals throughout Queensland.

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What does this mean for Central Queenslanders?

Central Queensland residents have improved access to cancer treatment services. The Rockhampton cancer centre services are linked to a tertiary facility improving patient access to clinical trials and research. Patients are no longer required to travel long distances away from home, family and friends to access treatment resulting in better health outcomes. Services are provided by specialist Medical Oncologists and Haematologists residing in Rockhampton, thus providing treatment opportunities that previously were only available at tertiary centres in Brisbane and Townsville.

Patients will have greater opportunity to participate in clinical trials without leaving Central Queensland.  Patients requiring care for the management of short-term complex symptom control and palliative care in both ambulatory and inpatient environments are treated by the Specialist Palliative Care Service at Rockhampton Hospital.

Radiation Oncology services at Rockhampton started in 2016; eliminating the need for patients to travel to Brisbane for treatment except for the most complex cases.

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Services Available

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service's (CQHHS) multi-disciplinary team comprising specialist medical, nursing and allied health professionals, with input from the patient's GP, provides consultation and treatment services at Rockhampton and Gladstone and they use Telehealth, where clinically appropriate, to provide consultation and treatment at Gladstone, Emerald, Biloela and other CQHHS hospitals.

Access to services is determined by clinical need.  The patient journey is supported by Cancer Care Coordinators who in collaboration with the other members of the multi-disciplinary clinical team identify patients with complex care needs, referring these patients to specialist Cancer Care services for information, screening, diagnosis, education, and treatment services.  Referral to partner health and health-related services assists the management of non-Cancer co-morbid conditions.  Cancer Care Coordinators provide services across CQHHS and are located in Rockhampton and Gladstone. Central Highlands and Banana communities are further supported by dedicated  Cancer Care - Clinical Nurses. 

Breast Care Nurses are available to Central Queensland patients affected by breast cancer, and men affected by prostate cancer can access a Prostate Care Nurse. 

A dedicated CQ Allied Health - Cancer Care Service includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics, speech pathology.

If you are interested in working with our multi-disciplinary team, please contact our recruitment office.

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Staffing and employment

CQ Health Recruitment

PO Box 871
Rockhampton Queensland Australia 4700
Phone: +61 7 4920 5794
Office hours: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm - Monday to Friday

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Cancer centre at Gladstone Hospital

The Gladstone cancer centre is at Gladstone Hospital, Park Street Gladstone. Medical Oncology and Haematology consulting and treatment service is provided at Gladstone Hospital.

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How to access CQ Cancer service

The patient's GP having made a cancer diagnosis makes a referral for confirmation of the diagnosis and commencement of treatment. Referrals are accepted from GP, private medical specialist or medical officer at Qld Health facilities for a confirmed malignancy diagnosis or condition requiring oncology, haematology and/or palliative care.

For information and advice, patients, GPs and health professionals are encouraged to contact the CQ Cancer Service by telephoning (07) 4920 6541.

Cancer Council Queensland has accommodation available to patients and caregivers at their units located in close proximity to the CQ Cancer Centre at Rockhampton Hospital. Cancer Council provides a range of support and programs from the Rockhampton facility. For information and bookings telephone 13 11 20 or

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Contact information

CQ Cancer Service
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Phone: (07) 4920 6541

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GP named referrals

Our Medical Oncology and Haematology specialists are supported by visiting Medical Oncologists, Haematologists, and Radiation Oncologists.  Referrals can be sent to Medical Oncologists, Dr Bahram Forouzesh and Dr Sudhakar (Reddy) Vemula, and Haematologist, Dr Waqas (Syed) Bokhari.

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Early detection of cancer is linked to improved health outcomes

Central Queenslanders are encouraged to utilise services provided by BreastScreen Queensland, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, and the Mobile Women's Health Service.


BreastScreen has a facility located at Rockhampton Hospital with a mobile service visits locations across Central Queensland.  For information go to and telephone 13 20 50 for information about the visiting schedule, and to make an appointment for a mammogram. 

Mobile Women's Health Service

The Mobile Women's Health Service provides cervical cancer screening. Contact (07) 4932 5442 or 0417 734 676 (mobile) for information, schedule of visits across Central Queensland, and to make an appointment for a cervical screening test. Information is also available at

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Information about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is available at or contact 1300 738 365.

Information about BreastScreen Australia, the National Cervical Screening Program, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and other cancers such as lung and prostate cancer is located at the Australian Government Department of Health website

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Last updated: 13 January 2015