Apheresis

The Apheresis unit of the Parkville Integrated Haematology Service (PIHS) amalgamates the expertise of medical and nursing staff from Peter Mac and the Royal Melbourne Hospital to provide a world class, evidence-based facility caring for patients who require apheresis therapy for the management and treatment of their disease.

The Apheresis Unit

The Apheresis unit also provides support to recipients of bone marrow transplant via the collection of donor products for use within the PIHS and in hospitals nationally and internationally.

Our service is located within Day Therapy on Level 3 of Peter Mac, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC). This purpose built facility has eight treatment chairs dedicated to the provision of apheresis services.

An on-call service ensures emergency treatment is available 24 hours per day and when needed can be provided off site in the Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Melbourne Hospital and to paediatric patients at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Clinical trials

We collect cells for a number of clinical trial programmes dedicated to developing new cellular therapies such as Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cells for patient with malignancies.

Every patient who participates in a clinical trial is an integral part of the trials team and we are committed to pursue state-of-the-art research from bench to bedside, as well as in other areas such as supportive care and epidemiology.

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

More information

Our team

Haematology doctors

A/Prof Simon Harrison is the Director of Clinical Apheresis.

Haematologist and Disease Group Lead: Myeloma at the VCCC and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Director of Clinical Apheresis, Clinician scientist in the Sir Peter MacCallum department of Oncology, Melbourne University.

Haematologists from across the PIHS will provide care to patients requiring apheresis.

Specialist nursing team

  • Kim Morris, Nurse Unit Manager
  • Jack Parrington, Associate Nurse Unit Manager
  • Annette Favaloro, Associate Nurse Unit Manager
  • Claire Dowsing, Nurse Practitioner
  • Sharlea Disney, Clinical Quality Consultant
  • James Badman, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Aaron Hill, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Margaret Grylls
  • Paige Marino
  • Loan Tong
  • Vanessa Moyes
  • Norelle Owen

This clinical team is also well supported by the Day Therapy Leadership and Administration Team.

We understand how stressful and difficult apheresis procedures can be.

Your Peter Mac team of experts are dedicated and sensitive to your individual health and wellbeing needs - we are here to help.

Call us on 03 8559 5000 if you wish to discuss your treatment or appointments.

For more information about our apheresis team visit our experts page.

Referrals

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

For health professionals wanting to refer a patient please see referrals for more information.

Location

Day therapy

level 3, reception 3B Day Therapy

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

305 Grattan Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact details

Team lead

A/Prof. Simon Harrison

Phone: (03) 8559 7730

Fax: (03) 8559 7739

Email: [email protected]

Registrar on call

Call the main switchboard and ask to be transferred to the on-call registrar (24 hours, 7 days)

Phone: (03) 8559 5000

Apheresis nurse practitioner

Claire Dowsing

Phone: (03) 8559 5330

Partners

Royal Melbourne Hospital

Royal Children's Hospital

University of Melbourne

Myeloma Australia

Leukaemia Foundation Australia

The Australasian and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group