Hunter and Northern NSW Youth Cancer Service

About us

The Hunter and Northern NSW Youth Cancer Service works across Calvary Mater Hospital, in Waratah, Newcastle; and John Hunter Hospital, in New Lambton Heights, Newcastle.  The service sees young people with cancer from Newcastle, the Hunter New England region, the North Coast and Northern NSW.

We have established links with rural and regional facilities within the Hunter and Northern NSW and accept referrals from these locations.



Health Professionals can make referrals by contacting us on the details below and/or send a completed referral form to our email address:

Tel: (02) 4014 4682

Mob: 0407 398 569

Fax: (02) 4014 4747

You and your family can also phone or email our YCS team to ask about coming to our service.


Where to find us

The Calvary Mater Newcastle
Corner of Edith and Platt Streets
Waratah, NSW, 2298

John Hunter Children’s Hospital
2 Lookout Rd
New Lambton Heights, NSW, 2310


Meet the Staff

Our staff are experts in their fields and have a lot of experience working with people in your age group.  Early on when you come to the hospital you will be introduced to the whole team so that at any point in your cancer journey you will have someone who can help.


Dr Elizabeth Hesketh


Clinical Lead

Liz is a Consultant Paediatric Oncologist & Haematologist. She originally trained in the United Kingdom in paediatric and adolescent oncology before moving to Australia in 1997. She has worked as a Consultant since 2001 in both New Zealand and Australia. Liz has been the Clinical Lead for the Hunter and Northern NSW Youth Cancer Service since 2011 and is based in Newcastle. She has made strong links with and regularly visits both Paediatric and Adult Oncology clinics in Tamworth.

Tel: (02) 4921 3080


Lyndal Moore

BNursing RN, Onc Cert, GradCertAdolHlthWelf(Oncology)

Clinical Nurse Consultant

Lyndal has worked for the past 20 years in paediatrics and paediatric oncology at John Hunter Children’s Hospital in Newcastle. Lyndal commenced the role of Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Hunter New England Youth Cancer Service in late 2011. She completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Adolescent and Young Adult Welfare – Oncology Stream through Melbourne University in 2012. Lyndal has also completed a Masters of Advanced Practice Nursing at the University of Newcastle.

Tel: (02) 4014 4682
Mob: 0407 398 569


Julia Drake


Social Worker

Julia is an experienced Social Worker who has worked in a variety of hospital based positions including Oncology, Haematology, Neurology, Maternity, Cardiac and General Medicine for many years. She worked in Medical Oncology at The Calvary Mater Hospital before joining the Hunter and Northern NSW Youth Cancer Service in February 2012.

Tel: (02) 4921 1211

Mob: 0407 977 744


Karen Matthews

MPsych(Clin), BSc(Hons), BSc(Psych)

Clinical Psychologist

Karen is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked in a variety of mental health and community health settings, specifically with adolescents and families. She has assisted young people to overcome anxiety, depression, family, relationship and school issues, self-harm, and sexual assault. Karen joined the Hunter and Northern NSW Youth Cancer Service in February 2012. Karen works part-time with the service and can provide patients and their families with the psychological tools to help them get through their cancer journey. She can also assist patients with pre-existing mental health issues manage their symptoms.

Tel: (02) 4014 4926
Mob: 0408 982 658