Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology

The Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology

The Department of Clinical Haematology/Oncology encompasses both the inpatient and outpatient service provided in WCH page link iconWard, WCH page link iconClinic and the Link iconHaematology Laboratory Services.

This department cares for children from South Australia, Broken Hill, the Northern Territory and Western areas of Victoria who require investigation and treatment of haematological disorders (thalassaemia, haemophilia and other bleeding disorders, thrombosis, anaemia and neutropenia), cancer including brain tumours and diseases requiring bone marrow transplantation.

Our clinical services include:

  • An outpatient treatment centre for ongoing management, supportive care and day treatment
  • Dedicated inpatient ward for acute care
  • Psychological and support services
  • Palliative care and bereavement support
  • Education for parents/families and health professionals
  • Clinical research and clinical trials
  • Community support links including school visiting program
  • Autologous and sibling allogeneic bone marrow transplantation
  • Therapeutic apheresis service
  • Paediatric, adolescent and women's consultative service

Specialist Clinics include:

  • Oncology
  • Paediatric and adolescent leukaemia and lymphoma
  • Long term survivorship
  • Thalassaemia and other transfusion dependent patient management
  • South Australian Haemophilia Treatment Centre
  • Bleeding disorders

The service is provided by a multi-disciplinary team which includes doctors, nurses, pharmacist, social workers, dietitian, school teacher, psychologist, music therapist, chaplains, play coordinator, ward clerk, clinic coordinator and data managers.

The team aims to provide children and families with quality care from both a physical and psychological perspective. Our aim is to provide the best available treatment options, excellent supportive care during treatment and education to assist families cope with the illness and follow up when treatment finishes. The multi-disciplinary team works in partnership with the families to ensure the needs of the child/adolescent receiving care is met.

How to access the service

The Department provides a service for children under 18 years of age. Referrals need to be made to the Clinical Haematology/Oncology Department. This generally requires a doctor's letter.

Appointments can be made by contacting the Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology Clinic Coordinator on (08) 8161 7411.

Urgent referrals can be made by contacting the Haematologist or Oncologist on call through the hospital switchboard (08) 8161 7000.

Information for Families

Further information about:

  • Your child in hospital
  • Cancer
  • Procedures
  • Specific disease
  • Treatment
  • Nutrition and cancer
  • Other therapies
  • The family and cancer
  • Home care
  • Sources of more information

are available in our resources:

WCH page link iconResearch News

WCH page link iconHaematology and Oncology Specialties


WCH page link iconMichael Rice Centre – Ward

WCH page link iconMichael Rice Centre – Clinic


Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology Clinic: 8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday

  • Ph. 8161 7411
  • Fax 8161 6567

Michael Rice Centre Ward: 24 hours

  • Ph. 8161 7225
  • Fax 8161 7716

Haematology Laboratory: 8.30am to 5pm

Contact Information

Unit Heads

Medical Unit Head, Dept of Clinical Haematology/Oncology
Dr Heather Tapp

Nursing Director, Dept of Clinical Haematology/Oncology

Medical Consultants

Dr. Maria Kirby

Dr Michael Osborn

A/Professor Tamas Revesz

Dr. Petra Ritchie

Dr Ben Saxon

Dr Ram Suppiah

Oncology Fellow

Haematology Registrar

Nursing Specialty Roles

Associate Clinical Services Coordinator

Associate Clinical Services Coordinator: Megan Williams

Nurse Education Facilitator

Clinical Trials Clinical Practice Consultant (CPC)

Haemophilia CPC

Nurse Practitioner Candidate CPC

Remote and Rural CPC

Hudson Maher Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator

Cancer Care Coordinator Central Nervous System Tumours


5th Floor, Gilbert Building

Mailing Address

Department of Clinical Haematology/Oncology
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide 5006
South Australia


Phone (08) 8161 7327

Fax (08) 8161 8643

Email cywhs.oncsec@health.sa.gov.au

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last modified: 04 Feb 2021