Celebrating over 10 years on the Far North Coast, NSW
Dr Adam Boyce
BSci (Med) MBBS FRACP
Medical Oncologist and Senior Lecturer University of Sydney
Dr Adam Boyce is a fellow of The Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP). He completed his medical oncology training at Prince of Wales and Royal North Shore Hospitals in 2002. He moved to Lismore NSW as the first permanent oncologist for the region. After initially working as a staff specialist Adam established a private practice, Oncology North Coast, in 2005. This private clinic provides oncology consultation for a regional population of approximately 200,000 people. He holds VMO appointments at St Vincent’s Hospital Lismore, Lismore Base and Grafton Base Hospitals. He is the principal investigator on multiple collaborative and industry sponsored clinical trials.
Adam holds an appointment of Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney. He is actively involved in undergraduate medical student education, through the University Centre for Rural Health in Lismore. In 2012, Oncology North Coast became the only private practice to have an advanced trainee medical oncology position in regional NSW. Adam is an accredited superior of core medical oncology training through the RACP.
Adam is also a member of Medical Oncologists of Australia (MOGA), the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the Private Cancer Physicians of Australia (PCPA), and Australian Medical Associations (AMA).
Adam is passionate about improving regional oncology services. Adam is currently the Rural and Regional Representative on the PCPA executive and immediate past chair of the COSA Rural and Regional Group. He was instrumental in establishing a fully integrated, comprehensive cancer centre in Lismore. He is a board member for Our House, a local charity which has built accommodation units for cancer patients and their families.
Consulting days: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10am until 5pm, Wednesday 2pm until 5pm, and every second Friday from 10am until 3pm including monthly outreach clinics in Ballina and Grafton
Dr James Bull
James completed his medical degree at Cape Town in South Africa and moved to Australia in 2003. James’ initial posting in Australia was in Rockhampton and he enjoyed the change. But in 2005, wanting to pursue his ambition of becoming a specialist, James moved to Newcastle where he completed his physician training and afterwards his oncology training.
James has worked for ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group during 2009. He is currently finishing further study in epidemiology and biostatistics.
James moved to the Northern Rivers and began work at Oncology North Coast in early 2010. He holds VMO appointments at St Vincent’s Hospital Lismore, Lismore Base and Grafton Base Hospitals. James is actively involved in clinical trials, junior medical officer training and undergraduate medical student education.
Consulting days: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10am until 5pm, Wednesday 2pm until 5pm including monthly outreach clinics in Ballina and Grafton
Dr Amy Scott
Dr Amy Scott commenced working as a medical oncologist in February 2016 at Oncology North Coast. Dr Scott will be supervising chemotherapy treatments at Lismore, Grafton and Ballina hospitals and at St Vincent's Hospital. Amy will be providing inpatient services to Lismore Base Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital. She will also be consulting monthly at the Grafton Oncology Unit and Ballina Clinic. Dr Scott is also involved in local clinical trials.
Before coming to Lismore, Amy completed her core years of oncology training at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital, St George Hospital and Sutherland Hospital. She completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
Amy is enjoying living on the North Coast of NSW and especially likes the relaxed feel and community spirit.
Consulting days: Tuesday and Thursday 11am until 4pm, Wednesday 2pm until 4pm, and every second Friday 10am until 1pm including monthly outreach clinics in Ballina and Grafton
Dr Joe Gormally
MB BCh BAO FRACP
Dr Joe Gormally will commence consulting at Oncology North Coast on 26th September, 2016. He will be working 2 days per week and will be supervising chemotherapy treatments at Lismore Base Hospital, Grafton Base Hospital, Ballina Base Hospital, and St Vincents Hospital. He will be providing inpatient services at Lismore Base Hospital and St Vincents Hospital, and will also be consulting monthly at the Grafton Oncology Unit and attending clinical trials in Lismore.
Dr Gormally completed his medical oncology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney last year which also included weekly visits to Dubbo Base Hospital as part of a Regional Oncology Fellowship. He also spent one year as an advanced oncology trainee at Lismore Base Hospital and Oncology North Coast in 2014.
Before coming to Lismore Joe completed his core years of oncology training at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney. He completed his undergraduate medical training at the University College in Dublin. He has lived in Australia for the past nine years.
Consulting days: Tuesday 9:30am until 5pm (including one Grafton outreach clinic)
Dr Hsien Herbert Chan
BMedSci (Hons) MBBS(Hons) DPhil (Oxon) FACD
Hsien is originally from Perth and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Mathematics) and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Western Australia in 2006. His connection with the Northern Rivers area began during his medical school years when he was attached to the Northern Rivers Area Public Health Service. Subsequent to his medical studies, he obtained a John Monash Scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Oxford in Clinical Immunology looking at the role of T cells in the pathogenesis of eczema under the supervision of Professor Graham Ogg.
On return to Australia, Hsien worked as a junior doctor in Taree and Newcastle before entering the Dermatology training program in NSW, gaining fellowship to the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2015. His clinical interests have developed through his current appointment at the Melanoma Institute Australia and Oncology North Coast. These include the early detection of melanoma and non melanoma skin cancers in high risk individuals, and the cutaneous adverse effects of immunotherapy and chemotherapy. He also consults at Sydney Skin, Camperdown; the Skin Hospital, Darlinghurst; and as a Staff Specialist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He consults on all aspects of Adult and Paediatric Dermatology.
He continues his research into the role of immune cell subsets in inflammatory skin conditions as a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Immune Imaging Laboratory of Professor Wolfgang Weninger, Centenary Institute, Sydney.
Outside of work Hsien enjoys spending time with his family. He is married to a Northern Rivers local, and his 2 year old son loves Grandma and Grandpa's farm, the local beaches, and is already better at surfing than his dad.
Consulting days: Every second Friday in Ballina from 9am until 4pm
Dr Ben McGuigan
Advanced Trainee in Medical Oncology
Oncology North Coast would like to welcome our new Advanced Trainee in Medical Oncology. Dr McGuigan is completing his first year in medical oncology training.
Dr McGuigan will be consulting in our rooms in conjunction with all of our oncologists. He will also be assisting with the management of inpatients in Lismore Base Hospital, and with the management of outpatient chemotherapy treatments in all of our local chemotherapy centres.
Clinical Psychologist | BPsycSc, MClinPsyc, MAPS
We would like to welcome Jessica O’Brien to Oncology North Coast. Jessica is a Clinical Psychologist who is dedicated to offering care to those living with cancer. Jessica offers evidence-based interventions to help support individuals and their family members at all stages of the cancer experience. She has experience using cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, and meaning centred psychotherapy.
Jessica completed her bachelor of Psychological Science with honours at the University of Queensland and Master of Clinical Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology. When she returned to the Northern Rivers in 2015, Jessica began working at Tarmons House Mental Health Service. In 2016, she established her private practice in Alstonville where she continues to work.
Jessica will be providing psychological support, therapy and counselling to our cancer patients. Jessica is currently accepting new referrals for your cancer patients and their
family members. Jessica can be contacted on 0417 713 792 for all appointment and general enquires.
Prof David Walker
Professor David Walker is a Neurosurgeon and Spinal surgeon. Professor Walker consults from Oncology North Coast oneWednesday a month via Skype telehealth from Briz Brain & Spine in Brisbane. For further information or to make an appointment please phone (07)3833 2500 or visit www.brizbrain.com.au
Medical Students from University of Western Sydney
The oncologists are committed to providing medical student training and they have been educating medical students at their private practice for the last five years. Under the direct supervision of the oncologists, students participate in a range of learning experiences which are designed to enhance their clinical reasoning, diagnostic and case management skills.