St George Hospital

St George Hospital

PAH

The Princess Alexandra Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

MacCallum Cancer Centre

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Joondaloop Health Campus

Joondaloop Health Campus

PMP Surgeons and Specialists in Australia

AustraliaHealth services in Australia, including CRS (peritonectomy) surgery / HIPEC, are delivered by the various states and territories and not by the Federal Government, which provides most of the funding for health

This complex surgery is not undertaken in private hospitals anywhere in Australia. So having private health insurance does not help.

For residents of NSW, VIC, WA, SA and QLD it is performed in the public hospitals indicated below next to photos and contact details of the lead surgeons. Unfortunately, to limit expenditure the number of operations available per year is restricted irrespective of demand. This surgery is not performed in the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory or Tasmania but patients from those places can become “interstate patients” to obtain this surgery in a state which is not their “home state.”

The present criteria appear to give the interstate referring oncologists the final say as to whether “interstate patients” pass the very difficult hurdles of being “assessed as eligible in their home states” for this surgery and for example, “clinically referred to St George Public Hospital” in NSW. 

St George

St George

New South Wales

UNSW Department of Surgery
St George Hospital
Kogarah NSW 2217
Australia

Professor David Morris

Professor David Morris

t 61 2 9113 2070
f 61 2 9113 3997

PAH

The PAH

Queensland

The Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH)
199 Ipswich Rd
Wooloongabba
QLD 4102

t (07) 3176 2111

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

South Australia

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
28 Woodville Road
Woodville South
SA 5011

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Victoria

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
2 St Andrews Place
East Melbourne
VIC 3002

Assoc. Professor Craig Lynch, MBChB, MMedSci, FRACS, FCSSANZ, FASCRS(int)

Assoc. Professor Craig Lynch, MBChB, MMedSci, FRACS, FCSSANZ, FASCRS(int)

Colorectal surgeon, Chair, Lower GI Cancer and Peritoneal Malignancy Services

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Melbourne
4 Erin Street
Richmond
VIC 3121
t (+61) 3 9421 6425
f (+61) 3 9421 6372
m (+61) 405 435 743

Joondaloop

Joondaloop

Western Australia

Joondalup Health Campus
Shenton Avenue
Joondalup
Perth
Western Australia
6027

Professor Paul Moroz

Professor Paul Moroz

Surgical Oncologist and Professor of Surgery, University of Western Australia

Suite 115 Joondalup Health Campus

t 08 9400 9949
f 08 9400 9954

*Please note, Pseudomyxoma Survivor does not endorse individual surgeons or specialists.

I had flu-like symptoms and was diagnosed with PMP

Initially, I had flu-like symptoms with pain in all the joints in my body followed by bad abdominal pain that did not go away. I was admitted to Gosford Hospital on February 11th, 2014 as they couldn’t diagnose what was causing the severe discomfort I was having. After being in hospital for eight days, it was discovered that I had pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP).

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My baby and obstetrician saved my life!

I had caesarean section on July 12th. This took 35 min and I was delivered of a beautiful, healthy, big baby boy, weighing in at 3820 grams/8.6 pounds. During my normal c-section, I had a further operation, an ’emergency appendectomy’. I had two masses removed and further testing showed they were both cancerous tumours and I was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). I was told I would have to have further treatment in the future. The tumours showed two different types of cancer, carcinoid & appendiceal mucinous tumours.

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Campaigning for patients

To limit expenditure, the number of operations at each of these hospitals available per year is restricted, irrespective of demand. This is why we have been campaigning in Australia for more funding for this life-saving surgery (read more at http://www.livesatrisk.com.au). This surgery isn’t performed in the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory or Tasmania but patients from those places can become “interstate patients” to obtain this surgery in a state which is not their “home state.” The present criteria appear to give the interstate referring oncologists the final say as to whether “interstate patients” pass the very difficult hurdles of being “assessed as eligible in their home states” for this surgery and, for example, “clinically referred to St George Public Hospital” in NSW. Unfortunately for patients, not all members of our medical profession know about this surgery or are well informed about this surgery. We are campaigning for the following criterion to be added:

Before an interstate patient is refused this life-saving surgery at a public hospital in Australia an opinion from a “peritonectomy specialist” in Australia, of the patient’s choosing, will be considered by the Enhanced Multi-Disciplinary Team for peritonectomy at St George Public Hospital or other similar body at the relevant public hospital.

You can help by emailing the Federal Health Minister and the Health Minister for your state.

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