Acute leukaemia and myelodysplasia information for health professionals

This page contains information on making new referrals, discussing existing patients, and further information about the stream

We pride ourselves as a world-class specialist acute leukaemia and myelodysplasia service. We have expertise in novel molecular diagnostic approaches and evidence-based treatment choices. A highly effective multidisciplinary and supportive care team delivers these treatments. 

You can find our inpatient service in the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s purpose-built Ward 7B. You can find most of our outpatient services at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre outpatient clinics. Ambulatory care of our patients is in the same-day medical unit and the chemotherapy day unit.  

The stream has eight consultant haematologists and a nurse coordinator. They provide outstanding individualised clinical care with the help of junior medical staff and inpatient and ambulatory nursing teams.  

We have a comprehensive clinical trials program dedicated to developing new drugs and making them available to our patients.  

The service providing comprehensive care for our patients in close association with the allogeneic transplant and the late effects service. 

Dr Ashish Bajel directs the service. 

New referrals 

Acute leukaemia 

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


You can make referrals for patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis to the Service. We will endeavour to organise an early appointment for assessment. Visit our refer a patient page for more information. Severely low blood counts may require an urgent referral via telephone as described for acute leukaemia. 

Existing acute leukaemia and myelodysplasia patients 

If you wish to discuss a patient's treatment plan, please contact the RMH (Royal Melbourne Hospital) switchboard on (03) 9342 7000 and ask for the acute leukaemia and myelodysplasia nurse coordinator or the head of the Acute Leukaemia and Myelodysplasia Service. 

Clinical hours 

  • Monday afternoon  

  • Thursday afternoon 


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