Head and Neck cancer information for health professionals

Our Head and Neck service is one of the largest services in Australia. It delivers world-class cancer care, backed by an uncompromising commitment to research, clinical trials and evidence-based practice to ensure the best possible outcome for all its patients. It also has a strong focus on cancer education for training specialists and all medical staff

The unit consists of a range of experts in head and neck cancer surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, maxillofacial surgery, plastics and reconstructive surgery, specialist radiology, pathology, cancer nursing, dietetics, speech pathology, psychology, and social work. The service is proud of its longstanding partnerships with many Head and Neck surgical institutions across Victoria and can deliver Radiotherapy services, dependent upon complexity, at Melbourne, Moorabbin, Box Hill, Sunshine, and Bendigo to optimise access to all Victorians.  

We discuss every patient seen by us in a multi-disciplinary meeting to ensure the best possible treatment recommendation is made. This recommendation may involve surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy either alone or in combination.  

Like all our tumour streams, the Head and Neck Service is a collaboration with clinical partners, providing coordinated and comprehensive cancer care. Having moved to the Melbourne VCCC (Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre) building, the surgical service is planned to coordinate with the Head and Neck Surgical Service of the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The service is proud to offer world-class care at its new state-of-the-art facility. 

Head and neck cancer referrals 

Please attach all relevant reports and diagnostic information to facilitate faster and accurate triaging - Head and Neck Referral Guidelines

See referrals for more information


Peter Mac – Melbourne 

For New Referrals 

All new referrals are triaged and allocated to an individual consultant who will oversee that case throughout investigation and treatment. All new referrals will be seen within one week. 

  • Tuesday morning Consultant clinics for Surgery, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology 
  • Thursday morning Consultant clinics for Head and Neck Radiation and Medical Oncology 
  • Multidisciplinary meetings occur each Tuesday morning 

Peter Mac – Moorabbin 

  • Radiation Oncology - by appointment Monday – Friday 


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