Consultants/senior staff specialists
Consultants are doctors who have trained for many years in their specialty area. Doctors who specialise in caring for children with cancer are called an oncologist or haematologist. An oncologist specialises in childhood cancers, while a haematologist specialises in blood problems.
Your child will have his/her own consultant who will be the person in charge of their care for the duration of their treatment. Your consultant will be the person who advises you of your child’s diagnosis and his/her treatment plan. They are also the person who will advise you of test results and will manage changes to your child’s treatment, if necessary.
Each week a consultant with his/her team is rostered on to look after all the children in the wards. If your child’s consultant is not rostered on, all important information will be passed on to them.
You will see your consultant regularly throughout your child’s treatment, when they are doing their ward rounds and when he/she is “on call.” Ward rounds start daily at 9am.
A fellow is a senior doctor who is training to become a specialist in their chosen field.
A registrar is a senior doctor who is enrolled in a specialist training program, working towards becoming a consultant. These doctors work under the direction of the consultants and fellows, and they change approximately every six months to gain experience in caring for children with different diseases.
A resident is a qualified junior doctor who is gaining more experience in the treatment and management of children. Resident doctors work under the direction of the registrars and change approximately every three months to gain experience in all areas of medicine.
Many children have a surgeon. You may also have met a consultant surgeon, who are specialists in surgery for areas including neurosciences, orthopaedic, ophthalmology, ear nose and throat, general and cardiac.
A radiation oncologist is a doctor specialising in the use of radiation (also called radiotherapy) to cure or reduce the symptoms of cancer.
Oncology Services Group
Level 12B, Queensland Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane 4101
t: 07 3068 5456