Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Haematology and Oncology Specialties

Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology

Haematology and Oncology Specialties

South Australia Haemophilia Treatment Centre (SAHTC) - Paediatric Campus

The South Australian Haemophilia Treatment Centre was formed in 1999 to recognise the importance of providing comprehensive care to patient and families with bleeding disorders for all age groups.

The Women's and Children's Haematology Unit is dedicated to providing high quality care to children and adolescents with a bleeding disorder, and their families, to ensure that they have the best possible quality of life, free from complications of the disease and its treatment.

The Paediatric campus of the Haemophilia Treatment Centre is based in the Haematology /Oncology Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. It provides inpatient and outpatient care to children with bleeding disorders and their families from rural and metropolitan South Australia and referrals from interstate. 

The Haemophilia Treatment team includes consultant haematologists, haematology registrar, and haemophilia nurse care manager, haematology/oncology nursing staff social worker, physiotherapist, and transfusion staff. The team has close links with the Adult campus of the S.A.HTC at the RAH. 

Services Provided:

  • Review Clinics
  • Support and Education for new and current families
  • Coordination of care, referrals, treatment, transfers
  • Education of Department of Education staff of first aid and care provision whilst at school– school visiting program
  • Home visiting for the purpose of education and support
  • Information and education provision for Community Health Professionals
  • Documentation for Travel

Appointments can be made by contacting Haematology/Oncology Outpatients clinic on 8161 7411.

More information is available by contacting: cywhs.haemophilianurse@health.sa.gov.au

Long-Term Follow-up Clinic

Specialists have identified delayed or long-term effects of the treatment received as a child or adolescent with cancer. While not common, these effects can be hard to detect and may not develop until many years after treatment. We aim to identify and manage any late effects, and offer support to discuss any concerns.  We can help survivors with their general health and how to maintain good health for the future. Survivors are seen when they are 5 years or longer off treatment.


  • Every 2nd Thursday of the month (February to December) at either 9 am or 2 pm
  • The clinic will take 2 – 3 hours


  • The team of specialists includes a Haematology/Oncology consultant; Clinical Psychologist; Social worker; Radiation Oncologist; Endocrinologist; Dentist; and a Clinical nurse.
  • Referral is made to others specialists as needed.


Referrals can be by:

  • A local health care provider
  • Haematology/Oncology consultant
  • Any member of the Haematology/Oncology team
  • Self referral

Adolecents and Young Adults (AYA)

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer have specific needs that are currently not being met by the services available within the paediatric or adult oncology units. The State Cancer Control Plan recommends change, and we are working towards a new model of care for this group of patients. The aims of this model are:

  • to achieve improved survival of AYA patients
  • to improve the cancer journey for AYA patients
  • to increase clinical trials for this age group
  • to increase support for local delivery of care and support
  • to increase provision of age specific psychosocial and other support services
  • to provide seamless collaboration between adult, paediatric and AYA services and professionals

The proposed model of care would consist of:

  • A centralised multidisciplinary team, including psychology, social work, education support, data management, palliative care, and a lead clinician. This team would also have a care navigator or key worker, whose main responsibility would be to co-ordinate services for a patient and make sure collaboration between involved teams runs smoothly. This team should be available to support any AYA patient being treated within South Australia, and would be able to help treating clinicians deliver safe care as locally as possible.
  • An AYA ward, which can provide care on an inpatient basis to patients with rare or complicated cases, and to deliver continuing out patient care. It will also act as a drop in zone for AYA patients who require access to support services.

This model will incorporate best medical expertise for cancer types in this age group, and become the centre of excellence for treating and supporting adolescents and young adults with cancer. Work is continuing and ongoing support is required to make this model of care become a reality.

last modified: 12 Apr 2016