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Who we are

Discover what makes our cancer care world clas​s​


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The Northern Sydney Local Health District has some of the best cancer outcomes in Australia thanks to highly experienced specialist and support staff and high quality research.

The Cancer Clinical Network provides public cancer treatment for patients across the district centralised at Royal North Shore Hospital with expanding cancer services provided at Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai and Northern Beaches Hospitals. RNSH is a Level 6 hospital providing advanced highly specialised services.

Across the district, we work to treat you and your cancer. Helping you to live well with and after cancer. And we want to improve support for your loved ones on the journey with you

Our vision

Outstanding care, experience and outcomes for people living with cancer (better cancer care for our community)​

Our purpose

We provide collaborative, world class health and wellbeing care for people living with cancer.

We research the causes and treatment of cancer for the benefit of local and global communities.

We teach, train and support health care professionals to provide the highest quality of care for people living with cancer.

Our priorities

Our services are organised and linked for optimal effectiveness

Continuously improve service quality - Our patients receive excellent care

Our systems of care integrate with those of other providers

The community recognises and supports us

Cancer impact in our district

NSLHD residents have some of the best overall cancer survival rates in NSW and Australia’s five year survival rates for cancer remain amongst the highest in the world. Still, the incidence of cancer among residents is projected to increase from 5,328 patients in 2016 to 6,602 cases in 2026.

The four most commonly diagnosed cancer types in NSLHD are:
1.     Prostate
2.     Breast
3.     Bowel
4.     Melanoma​

While lifestyle factors influence some cancers, others are related to things we can’t control such as age and family history. The increasing incidence of cancer, coupled with improvements in cancer survival, is having a significant impact on the demand for ongoing cancer treatment and follow up care to manage the lasting effects of cancer treatment and the changes to people’s sense of health and wellbeing. These lasting effects require support services such as psychology, rehabilitation and palliative care.​​

  • We reflect outcomes for a healthy population

    The cancer outcomes we achieve in the NSLHD are also a reflection of a healthy population – NSLHD residents take care of their general health, exercise according to recommendations, and get screened for breast, bowel and skin cancers and very few smoke.