The Sydney Youth Cancer Service is located within the Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital, in Randwick, Sydney. It also includes services provided through Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre (NCCC) on the same campus. The service sees young people mainly from eastern and central Sydney, Wollongong and the Illawarra, as well as Southern NSW. However, young people from all over NSW are often referred to us due to our expertise in youth cancer generally, and our experience with some particular types of cancer.
We work closely with medical teams at St George Hospital in Kogarah, Wollongong Hospital, Sutherland Hospital in Caringbah, Royal North Shore Hospital, Gosford Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst and many other hospitals.
We have doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and educators, with specialist training in working with AYAs, that are here to support you and your family.
We also have a dedicated Adolescent and Young Adult Lounge in the NCCC with TV and other entertainment equipment, a courtyard, access to the internet and cancer information for you to use. If you are between treatments, want to come early for an appointment or would simply like to meet with any of your treating team to discuss your progress in a more informal space, then this is the place.
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) 9382 0945
You and your family can also phone or email our YCS team to ask about coming to our service.
Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre
The Bright Alliance Building
Level 2 (entry level)
Avoca St (Corner High St)
Randwick, NSW 2031
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 Antoinette Anazodo MBBS, MRCPCH, MSC, Dip Adolescent Cancer, FRACP
Antoinette trained in Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology in the United Kingdom and completed her training with a clinical fellowship at the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH). During her training and fellowship, Antoinette completed a postgraduate diploma in Adolescent Oncology and has developed a comprehensive understanding of the issues affecting Adolescent and Young Adults (AYAs) with cancer, including the best way to manage individual cancer types.
Tel: (02) 9382 1733 (Secretary SCH Ms Karen Lee)
Interim Service Development Manager
Brigitte Gerstl is the International Program Manager for the FUTuRE Fertility Research Study and the State-wide Services and Development Manager for Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Services for NSW and ACT. Brigitte has a background in epidemiology and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health, majoring in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of New South Wales. She is also working on her PhD examining pregnancy complications and reproductive outcomes following cancer treatment. Brigitte’s research interests include: oncology, international women’s and children’s health as well as sexual and reproductive health.
Fiona Maguire RN, Grad Dip Paed Nursing, Grad Cert Onc Nursing, Grad Cert Haemopoetic and Stem Cell Nursing, Grad Cert Health Leadership and Management, GradCertAdolHlthWelf
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Fiona has been working as a specialist AYA nurse since the service began in April 2008. Prior to this, Fiona gained clinical experience in paediatric haematology, oncology and bone marrow transplants at Sydney Children’s Hospital over the last 20 years as well as gaining experience in the social and emotional needs of young people with cancer.
Mob: 0400 474 691
Cath O’Dwyer RN, Grad Dip Cancer Nursing, GradCertAdolHlthWelf(Oncology), MSc Oncology Nursing
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Cath has worked as an oncology nurse for the last 20 years, working in many nursing roles to develop her knowledge and experience. To complement and strengthen her learning she has also undertaken several educational programs, and completed a masters degree in Cancer Care.
Mob: 0488 494 016
Michael has worked in the field of Cancer Services at Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick since 2006. He has worked primarily as a Clinical Social Worker across Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology & Haematology. Michael completed his undergraduate degree in social work at UNSW in 2004 then completed a Master’s degree of Social Work at UNSW in 2009. Michael’s interests include community engagement in the development of cancer support services and the lived experience of cancer patients. Michael is currently employed as the Oncology Team Leader at Prince of Wales Hospital including Community Palliative Care Social Work & the Youth Cancer Services Social worker for Sydney. Michael also leads the NSW/ACT Youth Advisory Group.
Mob: 0447 882 301
Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly BPsych (Hons), MClin Psych, PhD, GradCertAdolHlthWelf(Oncology)
AYA Clinical Psychologist
Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with young people and their families for six years. Ursula enjoys working collaboratively with young people, during and after cancer treatment, to address a range of issues including: depression, anxiety/worry, grief and loss, self-esteem and body-image issues, and changes to peers and family relationships after cancer.
Tel: 0481 554 493
AYA Clinical Psychologist