Western Sydney Youth Cancer Service

About Us

The Western Sydney Youth Cancer Service is based across two hospitals, Westmead Hospital (Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre) and The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, co-located in Westmead, Sydney.

We see AYAs, and their families, mainly from Western Sydney and Western NSW, and as we are based at NSW’s largest hospital adult and paediatric hospitals, our service also sees AYAs with cancer from many parts of NSW.  We have extensive experience in treating adolescents and young adults with cancer and supporting them and their families.

Our service works closely with medical teams at hospitals in the region including: Nepean Hospital, Blacktown Hospital, and other hospitals across the state.

 

Referrals

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

Tel: (02) 9845 2142 / 0408 732 714
Email: westernsydneyYCS@health.nsw.gov.au

 

Where to find us

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Cnr Hawkesbury Rd & Hainsworth St
Westmead NSW 2145

 

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 Jennifer Chard 
Radiation Oncologist
Dr Chard is a Radiation Oncologist with expertise in management of paediatric, AYA and gynaecological cancers. She undertook an AYA fellowship at Westmead hospital in 2012 and has completed postgraduate studies in adolescent health through the University of Melbourne. She has also completed a fellowship in brachytherapy at Mt Vernon hospital in the UK, and leads the paediatric brachytherapy program at Westmead.
Tel: (02) 8890 5200
Fax: (02) 9891 5814
Email: Jennifer.Chard@health.nsw.gov.au

 

Dr Alison Salkeld
Radiation Oncologist

 

Dr Vivek Bhadri 

Paediatric and Adolescent Oncologist

Vivek is a paediatric and adolescent medical oncologist with expertise in the management of bone and soft tissue tumours. He trained in paediatric oncology in Sydney before completing an AYA fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He works across both Royal Prince Alfred Hospital /Chris O’Brien Lifehouse YCS in addition to Western Sydney YCS, promoting close collaboration and research across both services.
Tel: (02) 8890 5200
Fax: (02) 9891 5814
Email: Vivek.Bhadri@health.nsw.gov.au

 

Alison Baker 
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Alison has been working in the role of Clinical Nurse Consultant within the Western Sydney YCS since 2011. Prior to this, she worked within the area of paediatric haematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Alison has an interest in improving health literacy for young people following their cancer treatment.
Tel: (02) 9845 2142
Mob: 0408 732 714
Fax: (02) 9845 2171
Email: Alison.Baker@health.nsw.gov.au

 

Tora Sibbald 
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Tora has worked with the Western Sydney YCS since 2015. Prior to this she has worked as a cancer nurse in Western Sydney for the past 15 years. Tora has a strong interest and commitment to improving outcomes for young people with cancer by increasing representation in research.
Tel: (02) 9845 2142
Mob: 0408 732 714
Fax: (02) 9845 2171
Email: Tora.Sibbald@health.nsw.gov.au

 

Dr Jus Rakhta

Palliative Care Staff Specialist

 

Azhani Amiruddin

Clinical Psychologist

 

Victoria Khoury

Social Worker