TThe Cancer Care Department of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is the largest Cancer service in Queensland, encompassing Haematology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and the Queensland Haemophilia Centre. The aim of our preceptorship is to provide a quality
educational experience for primary health care providers so as to optimise outcomes and care for our patients as well as enhancing communication between our service and our local colleagues.
Dr Jason Butler, Senior Haematologist, RBWH
Dr Jason Butler is a Clinical Haematologist with a Senior Staff Specialist appointment at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Nambour General Hospital, and as a Visiting Medical Officer at Icon Cancer Care.
He completed his dual training in Clinical and Laboratory Haematology in 2004 following a research posting at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research investigating the role of bcl-2 in primary resistance in chronic myeloid leukaemia. Following a fellowship year at the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, he has since been a Staff Specialist with that unit. In addition, he has provided outreach clinic support to the Nambour General Hospital, and has a small private practice with Icon Cancer Care. Dr Butler also completed a Masters in Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology), to assist with design and development of investigator-initiator research studies.
His major clinical interests are all aspects of malignant haematology, particularly in leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, as well as autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Other roles include extensive educational support and clinical presentations for patients and health professionals, and advocacy roles as a board member for Lymphoma Australia.
Dr Cameron Curley, A/Deputy Director – Haematology, RBWH
Dr Cameron Curley is a clinical haematologist and staff specialist in the department of Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the RBWH. He graduated from UQ in 1999 and completed training in Haematology at the RBWH and Princess Alexandra Hospitals in 2010 before taking up an appointment as a clinical haematologist at the RBWH. He provides outreach haematology services to Rockhampton and is a visiting medical officer at the Mater Private Hospital, Brisbane and Springfield. He has experience in managing all aspects of haematological malignancy with specific interests in the areas of acute leukaemia and allogeneic stem cell transplantation. He is a member of the National Immunoglobulin Governance Advisory Committee (NIGAC) and the chair of the Specialist working group for Haematology, providing guidance in the optimal use of immunoglobulin therapy.
Dr Nick Weber, Haematologist, RBWH
Dr Nick Weber is a Clinical Haematologist based at the RBWH. He trained in various locations in Brisbane and completed his dual specialty clinical and laboratory qualifications in 2014.
Nick’s clinical interest in Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma has led to his participation in a number of multicentre trials offered at the RBWH. (He also oversees several local projects exploring supportive care in Haematological Malignancies and the role of Nuclear Imaging in Multiple Myeloma.) Nick works as the lead RBWH Haematology representative for the Queensland Youth Cancer Service, and is involved in the piloting of a Haematology Telehealth service to participating centres around Queensland. He is committed to the training and education of junior doctors in the roles of Clinical Lecturer at UQ and Educational Supervisor for the RACP. (Nick also supports stronger links between primary healthcare practitioners and the hospital system, which is vital for the care of cancer patients.)
Dr Matthew Burge, Senior Medical Oncologist, RBWH
Dr Matt Burge is a medical oncologist with a strong interest in gastrointestinal malignancies. He trained as a medical oncologist in Brisbane before undertaking a fellowship in the UK in gastrointestinal cancer. He returned to Brisbane in 2006 and is currently staff specialist at the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, the Prince Charles Hospital and Rockhampton Base Hospital. He is also a visiting oncologist at the Mater Hospital in Rockhampton.
Dr Burge has a broad range of experience in most solid tumour types but has a particular interest in gastrointestinal malignancies. He is involved in a number of clinical trials at the Royal Brisbane Hospital across a range of malignancies. He has also been involved in clinical trials addressing important questions in the management of early breast cancer, metastatic melanoma, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and head and neck cancer in addition to the gastrointestinal malignancies.
Dr Po-Ling Inglis, Senior Medical Oncologist, RBWH
Dr Po Inglis obtained her MBBS from the University of Adelaide in 1999. She also has a BSc., Monash University and has participated in various translational research projects at the Hanson Centre Cancer Research/IMVS in Adelaide.
Po has an interest in Breast oncology since commencing her consulting position at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 2009, and has participated in both international and local trials in this area.
She has both public and private appointments and focuses on the multidisciplinary care of her patients in both these settings.
Dr Melissa Eastgate, Dep. Director – Medical Oncology, RBWH
Dr Melissa Eastgate, MBBS, FRACP, Senior Lecturer UQ
Dr Melissa Eastgate is the Deputy Director of Medical Oncology at the RBWH. Melissa has worked at the RBWH as a medical oncologist since 2004, with her main clinical interests being melanoma and gastrointestinal cancers, in which areas she is an active clinical trial researcher.
Dr Eastgate is also involved in registrar teaching and is a current member and previous chair of the Medical oncology training committee of south east Qld. She has a strong interest in enabling access to care for patients, having provided outreach services to Bundaberg for 9 years, and is currently setting up an oncology service for patients in Longreach.
Professor Jane Turner, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Queensland
Jane Turner is has worked for 25 years as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist in oncology at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines, and communication skills training. Her research and clinical interests focus on the emotional impact of advanced cancer, especially on families, and the development of innovative models of psychosocial care in oncology. She is currently leading a trial of a nurse-delivered survivorship intervention for patients who have completed treatment for head and neck cancer, and is investigator in a multi-site trial of a manual-based intervention for patients with clinically-significant fear of cancer recurrence.
Dr Michelle Grogan, Senior Radiation Oncologist, RBWH
Dr Michelle Grogan MBBS, FRANZCR is a Senior Radiation Oncologist with special interests in breast cancer, genitourinary cancer, gastrointestinal tract cancer and gynaecological cancers.
After obtaining her fellowship in 1996, she undertook further training in breast, genitourinary and gynaecologic malignancies at the Breast Cancer Institute in Sydney and the Toronto Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Canada. On returning to Australia in 1999, Dr Grogan worked at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney moving to Brisbane in 2007 to work at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Dr Grogan has experience in treating with new technologies such as IMRT, VMAT, Tomotherapy and stereotactic radiotherapy and in the use of brachytherapy for management of genitourinary, gynaecologic and GI tract tumours.
Having published in peer review journals, Dr Grogan is committed to clinical research and has an active role in the education of trainees.
She practices at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and privately at the Holy Spirit Northside.
Dr Robyn Cheuk
Dr Cheuk attended the School of Medicine in Bedford Park, South Australia, where she earned her Bachelor of Medicine degree and Bachelor of Surgery degree in 1983. She then completed her internship at Flinders University, followed by her fellowship at Prince of Wales Hospital. Additionally, Dr Cheuk has earned the coveted title of Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. Dr Cheuk is highly trained and qualified radiation oncologist with expertise in all facets of her work. Dr Cheuk has been in practice for over 32 years and is currently serving patients at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Herston, Queensland, Australia. Furthermore, she holds hospital privileges at Mater Cancer Care Centre and Mater Children’s Private Brisbane, and is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland.