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Medical Oncology


The Department of Medical Oncology provides a tertiary level service encompassing the following areas:

  • Drug treatments (cytotoxic chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, hormone therapy etc) for patients with solid tumours.
  • Consultancy service to other departments of The Townsville Hospital and participation in multi-disciplinary cancer clinics at The Townsville Hospital.
  • The nursing professionals provide dedicated care to cancer patients throughout their treatment, deliver chemotherapy and related supportive therapy, in a safe, and caring environment. Nurse Educators provide comprehensive education on treatment, and endeavour to include patients’ carers and relatives, in recognition of the importance of family support.
  • Cancer care coordinators provide important support services e.g. G.P liaison to help maintain continuity of care for patients as part of integrated cancer clinical pathway
  • The Oncology Department in collaboration with the Mental Health Services of The Townsville hospital provides psychosocial services to cancer patients and their carers/relatives. These include assessment, education and psychological treatments via individual sessions or workshops, for patients at all stages of cancer, and women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.

The Department of Medical Oncology provides the following facilities:

  • Outpatient Treatment Unit and Inpatient Oncology Ward
  • Clinical trails Unit
  • Public/Bulk Billing and Private Outpatient Consultation Suites
  • Multi-disciplinary cancer clinics and
  • Tele-oncology suites

Education and Research:

Staffed by five medical oncologists, our department integrates clinical trials, research and undergraduate (College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University) and post graduate medical education and training as part of service delivery.  Our advanced training program, as part of the state-wide Medical Oncology training network is accredited for core training by the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

Utilising research and continuous quality improvement methodologies, we provide specialist cancer services closer to home for rural, remote and Indigenous communities in our region using telehealth technologies, under the umbrella of the Townsville Teleoncology Network.


 Location Townsville Cancer Centre (Oncology)
 The Townsville Hospital, 100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, QLD 4814
 Postal Address Internal Mail Box 56, PO Box 670, Townsville QLD 4810
 Medical Oncology

Phone: +61 7 4433 1671
Facsimile: +61 7 4433 1601

 Outpatient clinics

Phone: + 61 7 4433 1658, or 4433 1657
Facsimile: + 61 7 4433 1603

 Day Unit

Phone: + 61 7 4433 1636
Facsimile: +61 7 4433 1611

Referral Process

Referral letters to be forwarded to;
Dr Abhishek Joshi, Dr Zulfiquer Otty, Dr Corrine Ryan, Prof Sabe Sabesan or Dr Suresh Varma,

and mailed/faxed to:

Medical Oncology,
Internal Mail Box 56
PO Box 670,
Townsville, North QLD, 4810

Fax: 07 4433 1601

How to make an appointment

New patients telephone Secretary for Medical Oncology.

Phone: +61 7 4433 1671
Facsimile: +61 7 4433 1601

Follow-up appointments telephone - Administration Officer, Outpatient Clinics

Phone: +61 7 4433 1671 
Facsimile: +61 7 4433 1601

Day Unit treatment appointments telephone - Administration Officer, Day Unit

Phone: +61 7 4433 1636
Facsimile: +61 7 4433 1611

Urgent patient related enquiries for existing patients telephone Medical Oncology Advanced registrar at 07 4433 3155

Related Links

Townsville Cancer Centre

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Last updated: 4 April 2018