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
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
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. www.cancersa.org
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.
For patients with private hospital health insurance, your day
centre chemotherapy treatment and medication should be covered
health fund. Please check with the Hospital or your private
health fund for information regarding any costs or out of pocket
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
Honorary Director : A/Professor Dusan
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
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.
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 Tabitha Healey
Medical Oncologist, Dr Tabitha Healey, consults at the Brian Fricker Oncology Centre. She completed her undergraduate medical training at Flinders Medical Centre graduating with the AMA Medal and Staff Prize in Clinical Medicine. She completed physicians training in Medical Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2002 and continued to work there as a staff specialist until 2006.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and an executive board member of The Private Cancer Physicians of Australia. She is active in registrar, medical student and nursing training and is the Principal Investigator of a number of clinical trials.
Dr Healey has worked in private practice since 2003. Her special areas of interest are breast, gynaecological and gastrointestinal tumours.
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.
A/Professor Margaret Davy, AM
Graduating from the University of Adelaide
and gaining Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians
and Gynaecologists in 1973, Dr Margaret Davy AM spent the next
10 years at The Norwegian Radium Hospital honing her skills in
all aspects of gynaecological oncology. Returning to Adelaide
in 1984 to lead the field in Gynaecological Oncology, Dr Davy
has held Directorships of Units at the Royal Adelaide and the
Hospitals, and been integral in establishing and serving on several
important programmes, working groups and committees in the field
of cancer care. Dr Davy received an Order of Australia medal
for her work in Women's Cancer Care and for her work with Indigenous
woman in the Northern Territory over the past 15 years.
Dr Davy's private practice is located at 141 Kensington Road Norwood.
A/Professor Martin K Oehler
Dr Oehler trained as Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Germany and qualified as Gynaecological Oncologist at Westmead Hospital in Sydney and Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. He holds the positions of Director of Gynaecological Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital; Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide; Research Leader in Reproductive Cancer Research at the Robinson Institute, University of Adelaide and Scientific Board Member of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) in Melbourne.
Dr Oehler consults in private practice at Attunga Medical Centre on the grounds of Burnside Hospital.
Dr Michael Chia
Dr Michael Chia undertook his medical
degree at the University
of Adelaide and completed
studies at the Royal Adelaide
Hospital, where he is a Visiting Medical
Specialist in the Departments
of General and Thoracic Medicine.
Brian Fricker Oncology Centre Nurses
Clinical Nurse Manager– Mrs Jane
Marsh – firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Nurse – Mrs Jak Thompson
Useful and Recommended Links for Further
* NB : Biographical information provided
with permission from the Adelaide Cancer Centre http://www.adelaidecancercentre.com.au/team.html
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