The Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute (SHNCI) was founded in 2002 by the late Professor Christopher O'Brien AO. It was established to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment to patients with cancers and diseases of the head and neck.
The Institute is part of the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse and brings together over 40 highly skilled medical and allied health professionals including surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, dental
specialists, speech therapists, specialist nurses and dieticians, along with research scientists and data managers.
The Department has a national and international reputation for excellence. Over 450 new patients (200 with cancer) are seen annually and the computerised database of the Department is the largest in Australasia.
To learn more about head and neck cancer click here.
Helping head and neck patients in PNG
A/Professor’s Carsten Palme and Jonathan Clark, both head and neck surgeons at Lifehouse and lecturers at University of Sydney, will leave behind our first class facilities in June to volunteer their time and expertise for a week in Mount Hagen the third largest city in Papua New Guinea. A team of doctors and nurses from Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Westmead Hospitals and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as well as representatives from Karl Storz who donated the equipment for the trip, will join the surgeons to focus on teaching local PNG doctors and nurses the latest surgical techniques and advances in head and neck cancer care.
Dr Palme saw the challenges facing head and neck surgeons in PNG first hand last year when he was invited to present at the
PNG Medical Association conference and said he hoped the trip would be the first of many where the sharing of experience and expertise would benefit local clinicians and ultimately patients, many of whom suffer from head and neck cancer as a result of chewing on betel nuts. Stay tuned for an update on their trip in the next issue of the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse supporter newsletter.