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.
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.
Prof Simon Harrison is the Director of Clinical Apheresis.
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.
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.
level 3, reception 3B Day Therapy
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
305 Grattan Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
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
Phone: (03) 8559 5330
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Royal Children's Hospital
University of Melbourne