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 between 15-25 years who receive cancer care in Queensland.

How we help

For patients:

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

  • 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 Statewide Team based at Children’s Health Queensland, 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
  • 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. The national program is coordinated nationally through Canteen Australia.

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

  • Queensland 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 clinical trials are currently open at the QCH 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 aims to improve outcomes for paediatric and adult and young adult cancer patients.

The Gold Coast University Hospital and The Townsville University Hospital complete the current statewide service model. These two hospitals are both supported by a specialist clinical nurse consultant/ clinical nurse and a senior medical officer. Age-appropriate treatment and psychosocial support is provided through secondary consultation with the QYCS Statewide team at regular multidisciplinary team meetings via videoconferencing.

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 Australian Youth Cancer Framework (2017) and the strategies recommended by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.

Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ) sponsors and coordinates the QYCS, through a formal statewide partnership 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 five partner Hospital and Health Services (HHS) within the QYCS are CHQ, Metro North HHS, Metro South HHS, Gold Coast HHS and Townsville HHS. The majority of patients are directly managed by either paediatric or adult oncologists/haematologists at each of the participating partner hospitals.

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 central team located at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. When this occurs, the QYCS team will request the contact details of their treating specialist and/or their GP.

Download a referral form
Download printable referral form

Resources for health professionals

QYCS Community Resource Guide
A resource developed to bring together information about some of the community-based organisations who provide assistance for adolescents and young adults who are diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families and friends.

Thinking Ahead: Your guide to school, study and work
Thinking Ahead has been developed to help you get back on track with school, study and work after a cancer diagnosis.

MDT Procedure
MDT Outcomes
Psychosocial Assessment
Fertility Referral

Recent Publications involving QYCS Staff

Nexus newsletter

Nexus is our twice yearly Queensland Youth Cancer Service newsletter. Here you can find out more about how our service helps young people with cancer and read their stories, get involved with our youth advisory consumer group and stay up-to-date with our upcoming events and initiatives.

Previous editions

Winter 2019

Autumn 2019

Summer 2019

Spring 2018

Winter 2018

Autumn 2018

Summer 2018

Spring 2017

Winter 2017