The Brian Fricker Oncology Centre

The Brian Fricker Oncology Centre, located within the Burnside Hospital, is a specialist onsite consulting and day chemotherapy facility. Treating all types of adult malignancies, the Centre’s oncologists and specialised nursing staff aim to provide quality, individualised care for patients from diagnosis to ongoing treatment and support. Staff provide a discreet, friendly, and relaxed environment where friends and family are welcome throughout each patient's treatment.

How to Find and Contact Us…

The Centre is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

The Brian Fricker Oncology Centre
von Rieben North Ward
Burnside War Memorial Hospital

120 Kensington Road
Toorak Gardens SA 5065

Contact the Centre via the Hospital switchboard on 8202 7222.


Able to treat a full range of solid tumours and blood malignancies, the Brian Fricker Oncology Centre is equipped to treat up to seven patients at a time, with staff providing personalised care for each patient in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

Additional education and support services include :

Information and advice regarding the side effects of treatment such as nausea, bowel changes, changes to immune system
Nutrition and hydration advice during treatment as well as a referral service to qualified dieticians for ongoing dietary and nutrition education and support
Skin and hair care advice
Referral to psychological and counselling services for patients and their families
Improved access for non-elective patients
Staff are also accredited providers of the Living with Cancer program.

Referral Procedure

To access this facility and a consultation with one of the Centre’s Medical Oncologists, patients can be referred by their General Practitioner or treating specialist.

Improved Access for Non Elective Patients

Burnside has vastly improved access for non elective medical and surgical patients.
Our visiting medical staff can now admit non elective patients at any time under particular arrangements.
Acceptance of each patient will depend on bed availability and their clinical situation hence each patient will need to be assessed to ensure we can provide the level of care their conditions warrants.
Visiting medical staff can obtain detailed information about this important new service by contacting Luisa Mozzi on (08) 8202 7208.

Health Insurance

For patients with private hospital health insurance, your day centre chemotherapy treatment and medication should be covered by your health fund. Please check with the Hospital or your private health fund for information regarding any costs or out of pocket expenses which may be associated with your consultation and treatment.

For patients without private hospital health insurance, please contact the Burnside Hospital Accounts Department on telephone 8202 7201 for an estimated quote for day centre chemotherapy treatment and medication services.

The Brian Fricker Oncology Centre Team

Medical Oncologists

Honorary Director : A/Professor Dusan Kotasek

Special Interests: Treatment of solid tumours, in particular breast cancer, lung cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, GIST and renal cell carcinoma and the conduct of clinical trials, particularly new drug therapies.

Appointed as Honorary Director of the Brian Fricker Oncology Centre in February 2004, A/Prof Kotasek has 25 years experience in medicine, having graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1980. A/Prof Kotasek commenced training in Haematology and Oncology at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and then spent three years as a Fellow at the University of Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.

Following his return from the US in 1988 he was appointed as Consultant Medical Oncologist at TQEH. In 1995 he was one of the co-Founders of Adelaide Cancer Centre. Since 1998 he has worked full time at The Centre.

A/Prof Kotasek has published over 60 articles in Journals, serves on a number of Oncology Advisory Boards and has served on the Executive Committee of the Medical Oncology Group of Australian between 1999 and 2002. He is involved in the clinical teaching of undergraduate medical students who rotate through the Centre during their clinical attachments in Years 4 and 5. In February 2004 A/Prof Kotasek was appointed as Honorary Directory of the Oncology Centre at Burnside Hospital where he consults on one day per week.

Dr Brian Stein

Special Interests: Treatment of lymphoma and solid tumours, in particular malignancies of lung, head and neck, oesophagus and upper gastrointestinal tract, breast and bowel tumours.

Dr Stein trained at the University of Adelaide and graduated in 1986. He began his specialist training at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and then completed training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. On returning to Australia, he spent a year as a consultant in the Adelaide University Department of Medicine at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, before undertaking post-graduate research at The Hanson Centre for Cancer Research.Dr Stein joined Adelaide Cancer Centre in 1998 and works here full-time; he is still actively involved in undergraduate medical education at The University of Adelaide. Dr Stein is principally located at ACC at Kurralta Park but also consults at the Brian Fricker Oncology Centre (Burnside Hospital) one day per week.

Dr Kerry Cheong

Special Interests: Treatment of solid tumours especially lung, ovarian, genitourinary, breast and GIT.

Dr Cheong trained at Flinders University and graduated in 1996. She completed her specialist training at Guys Hospital, London where she was employed as a clinical research Fellow.

Whilst in London she was involved in phase II trials of new drugs and research in quality of life and geriatric oncology.

Dr Cheong has worked full-time at the Adelaide Cancer Centre since joiing our team in March 2005. Dr Cheong consults at both ACC kurralta Park and the Brian Fricker Oncology Centre at the Burnside Hospital one day per week.

Dr Meena Okera

Special Interests: Treatment of solid tumours in particular breast and gynaecological malignancies, as well as providing supportive and survivorship care.

Dr Okera trained at the University of Adelaide and graduated in 2001. She began her specialist training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and completed it at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London. She practiced as a Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Royal Darwin Hospital and was involved in a number of key service development projects for cancer care in the Northern Territory. She continues to be a visiting Medical Oncologist at Alice Springs Hospital, catering for cancer patients in central Australia.

Dr Okera joined the Adelaide Cancer Care team in July 2013 and consults at both our Kurralta Park site and Burnside Hospital.



Dr Nick Murray

Dr Nick Murray undertook his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University before completing clinical studies and later a D.Phil research degree at Oxford.  Dr Murray undertook medical oncology training in Auckland, New Zealand and Cambridge, UK and was senior lecturer and honorary consultant in medical oncology at the University of Southampton UK.  Over the past 10 years, Dr Murray has specialised in the treatment of and research into breast and gynaecological cancer.

Gynaecological Oncologists


Martin Oehler

Professor Martin K Oehler

Professor Martin K. Oehler is a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) certified Gynaecological Oncologists (CGO) and trained at Westmead Hospital in Sydney and Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. He is Director of Gynaecological Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Clinical Professor in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Adelaide University.

Prof. Oehler provides comprehensive surgical and medical care for patients with cancer of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, uterus, vagina and vulva. His service includes inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, and systemic chemotherapies. As Principle Investigator of several international clinical trials he provides access to the latest treatments for ovarian cancer at Burnside Hospital.

Prof. Oehler offers his patients coordinated care in a multidisciplinary environment working closely together with other medical specialists including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, general surgeons, clinical geneticists, palliative care specialists and breast surgeons.

Prof. Oehler consults in private practice at Attunga Medical Centre on the grounds of Burnside Hospital.

Brian Fricker Oncology Centre Nurses

Clinical Nurse Manager– Mrs Jane
Clinical Nurse – Mrs Jak Thompson

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* NB : Biographical information provided with permission from the Adelaide Cancer Centre

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