Acute Leukemia and Myelodysplasia

The Acute Leukemia and Myelodysplasia stream of the Parkville Integrated Haematology Service is located at the VCCC in Parkville.

We pride ourselves as a world-class specialist service with expertise in novel molecular diagnostic approaches and evidence-based treatment choices delivered by highly effective multidisciplinary and supportive care team.

Our inpatient service is based in the purpose-built ward 7B . Ambulatory care of our patients is based in the same-day medical unit and the chemotherapy day unit. The acute leukemia and myelodysplasia stream has eight consultant haematologists and a nurse coordinator who work along with the junior medical staff and inpatient and ambulatory nursing teams to provide outstanding individualised clinical care. We have a comprehensive clinical trials program dedicated to developing new drugs and making them available to our patients. The acute leukemia and myelodysplasia service works in close association with the allogeneic transplant and the late effects service, providing comprehensive care for our patients.

The service is directed by Dr Ashish Bajel.

The inpatient service is located within Royal Melbourne Hospital in Ward 7B. The outpatient services are predominantly located at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre outpatient clinics.


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CAR T-cell therapy is currently funded for:

  • Paediatric and young adult (up to 25 yrs) with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) who relapse or do not respond to initial therapy.

If you would like more information please discuss with your treating Haematologist or enquire via [email protected]

Clinical Trials

We also offer a clinical trials program. Our program offers a wide range of advanced research treatments for many of our patients.

Every cancer patient is at the heart of what we do. Dedicated to you, we commit and pursue state-of-the-art research that we link from bench to bedside and beyond.

If you would like to participate or have questions about clinical trials, speak to your specialist.


For patients

Acute leukemia

There are many types and severity of acute leukemia. A clear diagnosis is central to planning treatment. The acute leukemia team will work to deliver the best treatment choices for your condition. These treatment choices will be discussed with you at each stage by your haematologist. An individualised treatment plan will be decided after considering the nature of your haematological condition and the other medical conditions you may have.

You will need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service. In some instances urgent referral for assessment may be required and is best handled by telephone between your doctor and the on-call registrar.


You will need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

For health professionals

New referrals

Acute leukemia

Acute leukemia usually requires rapid medical assessment and we welcome urgent referrals 24/7. For a suspected or confirmed case of acute leukemia please call the haematology registrar on call via the Royal Melbourne Hospital switchboard on (03) 9342 7000 to organise an urgent referral.


Referrals for patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis can be made to the Acute Leukemia and Myelodysplasia Service. We will endeavour to organise an early appointment for assessment. See referrals for more information. Severely low blood counts may warrant an urgent referral via telephone as described for acute leukemia.

Existing patients

If you wish to discuss the treatment plan of a patient or are concerned about any aspects of their care, please contact the acute leukemia and myelodysplasia nurse coordinator or the head of the Acute Leukemia and Myelodysplasia Service via the RMH switchboard on (03) 9342 7000.