Health professionals

Our vision:

To provide excellence in comprehensive care for young people with cancer.

Our purpose:

To provide coordinated, age-appropriate treatment and support services to patients aged 15-25 who receive cancer care in Queensland.

How we help

For patients:

The Queensland Youth Cancer Service Central Team provides the following support services to AYA cancer patients through:

  • Initial telephone consultation and assessments.
  • Psychological assessment and support and relevant referrals to appropriate psychosocial support services.
  • Consultancy on management of rare tumours and access to clinical trials.
  • Information about fertility and sexuality.
  • Work, school and study assistance.
  • Financial advice and referral to available services.
  • Youth cancer related education for family, friends, schools and workplaces.

For health professionals:

The Queensland Youth Cancer Service Central Team provides the following support for health professionals and community support services which care for adult and young adult cancer patients:

  • National guidelines and resources
  • Queensland-specific resources
  • Education
  • A monthly video conference series
  • Tailored in-service programs
  • Targeted education for health professionals
  • An annual education and research workshop
  • Research and quality improvement and consultancy support

About us

The Queensland Youth Cancer Service (QYCS) was established in 2013 to facilitate improvements in the treatment and support for adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer and their families and carers.

QYCS is a statewide network that is part-funded by the Commonwealth Government through the National Youth Cancer Network Program (NYCNP), which was established in 2009. The NYCNP comprises the QYCS and Youth Cancer Services (YCS) in four other jurisdictions: Victoria/Tasmania, South Australia/Northern Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory. It is coordinated nationally through CanTeen Australia, via https://www.canteen.org.au.

The QYCS incorporates the major tertiary centres in Brisbane providing comprehensive age-appropriate treatment and allied health services.:

  • Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for patients aged 15-18.
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital for adolescents and young adults aged 15-25.
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for adolescents and young adults aged 15-25.

These hospitals are also the only centres that have age-appropriate clinical trials open for adult and young adult cancer patients. The greatest numbers of CTs are currently open at the LCCH as the organisation is an accredited member of the Children’s Oncology Group. The Children’s Oncology Group is an international collaboration between North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe and aims to improve outcomes for paediatric and adult and young adult cancer patients.

The Gold Coast University Hospital and The Townsville Hospital complete the current statewide service model. These two hospital are both supported by a specialist clinical nurse consultant, a clinical nurse and senior medical officer. Age-appropriate treatment and psychosocial support is provided through secondary consultation with the central QYCS team at regular multidisciplinary team meetings via videoconferencing. The central team also supports a part-time youth cancer clinical nurse consultant based at the Mater Private Hospital, South Brisbane.

This Queensland model of specialised care for youth cancer is aimed at improving patient access to services and to boost workforce capability against the objectives of the National Service Delivery Framework and the strategies recommended by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.

Children’s Health Queensland sponsors the QYCS central team, which provides leadership and program governance to enhance age- appropriate multidisciplinary treatment and support services for adult and young adult patients with a cancer diagnosis living in Queensland and northern New South Wales. The majority of patients are directly managed by either paediatric or adults oncologists/haematologists at each of the participating hospitals.

The multidisciplinary QYCS central team includes medical, nursing and allied health professionals with specialist experience and training in providing expert care, support and advice to young people with cancer, their families and other health professionals.

The team facilitates psychosocial multidisciplinary team meetings through face-to-face attendance and by using telehealth capabilities in order to increase access for patients and provide consultative advice to specialist staff across partner locations.

QYCS services are provided through a formal statewide partnership coordinated from Children’s Health Queensland.

Referrals

We welcome referrals from:

  • Health professionals, including GPs, from the medical, nursing and allied health sectors in public and private cancer centres.
  • Non-government support organisations and educational institutions, including schools.

Young people and their families can also refer directly to our services. When this occurs, the QYCS team will request the contact details of their treating specialist and/or their GP.

Download a referral form

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