SW Cancer Services

Medical Oncology Team

Medical Oncologist – a doctor who has specialised in the treatment of cancer with medicine, for example treatment with chemotherapy. A medical oncologist will have a medical qualification after which he/she will have undertaken speciality training in oncology for several years. This speciality training will be recognised by a College such as the Royal Australian College of Physicians and the medical oncologist will be a fellow of the College (FRACP) or its overseas equivalent.

Oncology Nurse – a nurse who has chosen to specialise in the delivery of nursing care to patients with cancer. Oncology nurses are usually Registered Nurses skilled in the administration of chemotherapy and all aspects of patient care before, during and after their treatment.

PCA/PSA – a Patient Care Assistant is a person who is employed to provide support services in a hospital. Under the direction and supervision of nurses and patient support services managers they may assist nursing staff with some aspects of patient care such as showering, personal care and changing beds. They also assist in patient movement and transport to appointments and procedures within the hospital. In some cases a PCA has completed Certificate 3 training. A Patient Service Assistant (PSA) undertakes a wide range of duties including meal delivery, cleaning, patient transport within the hospital.

Ward Clerk – a person who undertakes clerical and administrative duties in a hospital.

Other Health Professionals – A range of other Health Professionals may be involved in your care depending upon your illness, needs or situation. A list and description of each is provided here.