Lifehouse tours | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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Come and learn about what goes on at Lifehouse every day. We’ll take you behind the scenes to pharmacy where chemotherapy drugs are prepared, our cryotanks where we are storing cancer samples for future research and the VectorLAB where you can see how medical physics is saving lives.

Fancy yourself a surgeon? Join the robotic surgery tour where you will visit the Institute of Academic Surgery and the Robotic Surgery Training Centre at RPA.

Have you ever wondered how radiation therapy is and how it’s delivered? Join the ‘RadOnc’ tour to understand this radical form of treatment.

We’re running tours throughout the day on Monday 5 November. Book your spot now.

Behind the scenes

Come with us behind the scenes to see what really happens in a working hospital and one of Australia’s biggest clinical trial centres!  We will visit pharmacy to see how chemotherapy drugs are prepared onsite. Learn about the VectorLAB, a place where medicine, physics, biology and chemistry researchers come together to solve some of the most urgent problems in cancer. And discover our cryotanks where we use state-of-the-art technology to preserve tissue samples for future cancer research.

Tours leave at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Register here.

Radiation Oncology

Explore the forefront of cancer care and research in Australia at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse radiation oncology department. Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells, allowing for a more targeted and accurate treatment while sparing the body’s health tissue as much as possible. You will hear from the director of radiation therapy, Jo Page, about the diversity of treatment options and the incredibly specialised equipment involved in delivering treatment. You will also get access to one of our linear accelerators, the machines that produce the radiation beam.

Tours leave at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Register here.

Robotic surgery

Robotic surgery is changing the way operations are performed. Where surgeons once had to make large incisions, miniature surgical instruments can fit through tiny holes less than 10cm wide. These tiny, wristed instruments have a much greater range of movement than the human hand and can fit into tight spaces. The surgeon controls the tiny ‘hands’ of the robot from a console while looking through a monitor. This gives him or her a much more detailed view of the operation site. Though not used in all types of surgery, the promise of robotic surgery is huge. Patients have a faster recovery time, minimal scarring and less overall trauma on the body. In this fascinating tour, you will visit the Institute of Academic Surgery, RPA’s hub of surgical research and education, as well as the RPA Surgical Robotic Training Institute, where you will watch the robot in action.

Tours leave at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Register here.

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors for this important milestone. We would not be here without them. Thank you Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Varian, Konica Minolta, Meditech, Optus, Oneview and Rauland.

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