The Breast Centre

The Breast Centre brings together a multidisciplinary team to provide a diagnostic, treatment and support service for women (and men) with breast disease. Working in conjunction with the Burnside Hospital and Dr Jones and Partners radiology service, Drs Clive Hoffmann and Stephen Birrell provide a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient breast care service. Complementing the team is Dr Michele Brooke Davey Breast Clinician, Dr Julie Connor Psychiatrist and Jane Marsh Breast Care Nurse.

The Breast Centre itself is specifically designed to ensure that all necessary diagnostic procedures can be performed onsite in one convenient, comfortable and private location by the specialist breast surgeons, radiologists and pathologists. Most patients will have results of their assessments and a treatment plan before they leave the Centre.

How to Find and Contact Us…

The Breast Centre is located on the ground floor of the heritage listed Attunga House in the grounds of the Burnside Hospital.

The Breast Centre
Attunga House

97 Hewitt Ave, Toorak Gardens SA 5065

Tel : (08) 8331 3322 or (08) 8331 3662
Fax : (08) 8431 9811
Email :

For nursing queries email :


Evaluation of breast problems
Diagnosis, pre-treatment assessment and planning of therapy
Multidisciplinary team review and planning of adjuvant treatment
Second opinion on treatment recommendations
Family risk assessment
Team approach for breast reconstruction

Follow up services

Psychological support
  Survivorship planing
Referral service to :
> Reconstructive plastic surgeons
> Oncologists
> Radiotherapists
> Psychologists / Psychiatrists
> Sexual counsellors
> Genetic counsellors for high risk patients
> Lymphoedema / Laser physiotherapists
A specialist Breast Care Nurse is available to provide patient education, counseling and support both in the Breast Centre and in the hospital setting, including information regarding breast cancer prevention and screening programs.

Referral Procedure

A referral to the centre from a General Practitioner or other treating medical specialist is essential. The referring General Practitioner and /or treating specialist are kept informed of all diagnoses and treatment plans.

Health Insurance

For any queries regarding consultation and treatment fees please contact the Practice Manager on 8331 3322 or

The Breast Centre Team

Medical Specialists

Dr Stephen Birrell

Dr Stephen Birrell graduated from Flinders University in undergraduate medicine and was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in molecular oncology. He has studied in Europe and the USA in surgical oncology and is currently Head of the Breast Cancer Unit at Flinders Medical Centre and is a Senior Visiting Surgeon at Breast Screen SA. He has exclusively been doing breast surgery for the last 19 years with a special interest in hormonal regulation of the breast and breast cancer genetics.

Dr Clive Hoffmann

Dr Clive Hoffmann graduated from the University of Sydney. He trained in General Surgery in Adelaide and then did further specialist training in Leeds and London in the United Kingdom. He has been in Private Surgical practice in Adelaide for twenty years, (the last five almost exclusively in Breast and Endocrine Surgery) as well being a visiting specialist in the Breast and Endocrine Surgical Unit at Flinders Medical Centre and at Breast Screen South Australia.

Dr Peter Shin

Dr Peter Shin graduated from School of Medicine Auckland NZ, trained general surgeon undertook a two year fellowship in Breast Endocrine and Melanoma surgery. Of special interest in Breast Oncoplastics completed at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and now works as a specialist Breast Endocrine surgeon at the Flinders Medical Centre.

Dr Michelle Brooke Davy

Dr Michelle Brooke Davy consults on Monday afternoons and all day on Thursdays, seeing post-operative and review patients. Her appointment was in response to our increasing patient numbers and the long waiting time for medical review after imaging.

Michele studied science at the Flinders University of SA in 1978 and studied medicine from 1979 – 1985 including overseas studies in France in 1985. After post-graduate training at Flinders Medical Centre, she started work in General practice in 1990.

In addition to comprehensive general practice care, Michele has special interests in Women’s Health, preventative health and screening programs, patient education and counselling. She also has post-graduate training in anesthesia, intensive care, Paediatrics including neonatal care.

Michele has been involved in teaching of medical students and awarded status by the School of Medicine at Flinders University of SA


Dr Julie Connor

Dr Julie Connor studied medicine at Flinders University after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Adelaide) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Flinders). She has lived and worked in the United States and in SE Asia.

When not at the Breast Centre, Julie is a consultant in the Intensive Care psychiatry setting, and engaged one day a week in general adult psychiatry. She has worked exclusively with women in Helen Mayo House and the perinatal psychiatry position at the Women and Children's Hospital., and has undertaken postgraduate study in perinatal psychiatry.

The Breast Centre Staff

Nursing Staff

Clinical Manager Oncology & Breast Centre – Mrs Jane Marsh

Clinical Nurse

Reception Staff

Office Manager – Mrs Annette Nayda

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