Useful Links


St Vincent’s Head and Neck Fund – make sure you choose “Head and Neck” from the drop-down list


St Vincent’s Private Hospital

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Online Admissions

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

St Vincent’s Open Support Country Care Link

Kinghorn Cancer Centre

Genesis Care

Travel assistance – Isolated Patient Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS)

Local accommodation

Aboriginal Health Unit St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Plans and Guidelines

Tips on how to choose a head and neck cancer specialist

What is a cancer care team – Cancer Institute NSW

Get to know your multidisciplinary (MDT) Team – Cancer Institute NSW

List of NSW specialist centres for complex head and neck cancer surgery – Cancer Institute NSW

Find cancer specialists and services NSW and ACT – Canrefer

How NSW hospitals perform – Cancer Control in NSW Statewide Report 2018 Cancer Institute NSW (PDF)

Patient Education Sheets – Beyond Five

Information about head and neck cancer – Cancer Council NSW

Optimal care pathway for people with head and neck cancer – Australian guidelines PDF

Oral Cancers Guideline (USA) by National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

Head and neck cancer data – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)

A guide for general practitioners and patients (RACGP)

TORS explained – Mayo Clinic

TORS FAQs (video)- Johns Hopkins Medicine

Understand TORS surgery – Intuitive da Vinci robot for Head and Neck Patients

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Radiotherapy for head and neck cancers – Targeting Cancer

Using LEGO bricks to help explain radiotherapy to patients – Linear Accelerator (Linac) LEGO Model –


Chemotherapy for head and neck cancer – Cancer Council NSW


Immunotherapy for head and neck cancers – Cancer Council NSW


The Australian Genomic Cancer Medicine Program

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Australian Cancer Trials

Search for active Australian Cancer Trials

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Related Cancers

Incidence rates of HPV related oropharyngeal cancer is overtaking cervical cancer

What men should know about cancer that spreads through oral sex – Washington Post 02.04.2017

Throat and tongue cancers and HPV – Sydney Morning Herald 13.10.2015

HPV Australia – Australian Government Department of Health

Ask about HPV – international awareness campaign

No Man Is An Island – Race to end HPV

HPV Vaccination

Patients – HPV Vaccination information

General Practitioners – Government Department of Health

Human papillomavirus vaccination update: Nonavalent vaccine and the two-dose schedule, Australian Journal of General Practice, July 2018

Patients aged under 45 years considering vaccination

National HPV Vaccination Register (Australia)

Personal stories

Head and Neck Cancer Patient, Carer and Team Forum 2020 “Living Well Before, During and After Treatment” Friday 12 June 2020

Julie McCrossin AM

Head and Neck Cancer Patient & Family Facebook Group

The Swallows Head & Neck Cancer Patient, Carer & Family Book 2018 (Australian Edition)

Beyond Five – Personal Stories

Laryngectomee Support Group NSW

Reflections on a life lived in the shadow of throat cancer – essay by Robert Manne

An exploration of voice and identity – radio portrait of Robert Manne

Managing side effects of treatment

Managing side effects – Cancer Council NSW

Swallowing difficulties – Cancer Council NSW

For Practitioners

Human papillomavirus vaccination update: Nonavalent vaccine and the two-dose schedule, Australian Journal of General Practice, July 2018

Childhood trauma is predictive for clinical staging, alcohol consumption, and emotional symptoms in patients with head and neck cancer, Cancer, 2018

Guide for GPs on screening, diagnosing, and working up patients with HPV related oropharyngeal cancer

Members of my treatment team

Dr Brett Leavers – Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgeon

Therese Dodds, Speech Pathologist

Orsi Kokai, specialist physiotherapist

Professional Societies

Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society

Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses Group

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Speech Pathology Australia

International Federation of Otorhinolaryngology Societies