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About the Head and Neck Service

The Head and Neck Service at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse brings together over 40 highly skilled medical and allied health professionals including surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, dental specialists, speech therapists, specialist nurses and dieticians, along with research scientists and data managers. The Service has a national and international reputation for excellence.

The Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute (SHNCI), founded in 2002 by the late Professor Christopher O’Brien AO to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment to patients with cancers and diseases of the head and neck, is also an important part of the Head and Neck Service providing funding for two head and neck clinical fellows each year.

Find out more about the SHNCI Clinical Fellowships and Chris O’Brien Travelling fellowship.

Annual review
Read the 2016 Head and Neck Annual Review


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Health Professionals: Find out how to refer your patients to Head and Neck Services at Lifehouse.

Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Front Entrance

Meet our team

Our team consists of members of the departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology, as well as the allied services.


Medical oncologists

Radiation oncologists

Nurses and allied health team

Research team


Patient Information

Find out more about head and neck. Read more >

dr carsten palem with patient

Treatment types

A number of treatment options and combinations are recommended for cancer. Read more >


The SNIC trial is a randomised multi-centre trial to assess the value of Sentinel Node Biopsy for high risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Sentinel lymph node biopsy may allow earlier identification of metastases in patients with high-risk SCC lesions. To find out more about this trial or if you are interested in enrolling a patient in this study, follow this link.

Research at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse


Our surgeons regularly give presentations on multidisciplinary topics relating to head and neck cancer. See the full list here

Jonathan Clark in surgery

Patient Stories

Contact Us

Phone: 02 8514 0432
Fax: 02 9383 1033
Email: headandneck@lh.org.au


In NSW alone, someone is diagnosed with cancer every 13 minutes. Every dollar you contribute to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse will make a difference to the 57,000 patients who visit us each year.

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