Ear, Nose and Throat /Head & Neck Surgery

 The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Unit at Monash Health is unique in that it is the only major health service in Victoria treating both children and adults for diseases of the ear, nose and throat.  The unit looks after patients from early infancy and covers the whole range of diseases of the ear, nose and throat.  A major component of the ENT service delivery is to paediatric patients. One of the main subspecialties within the ENT unit is the care of patients who develop cancers of the Head and Neck. 

The Head & Neck Cancer Services at Monash Health is an extensive collaboration between the ENT unit and other specialties including Plastic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental Surgery, Audiology and Peter McCallum Cancer Institute.  

The ENT unit of Monash Health has a very large patient base, almost one third of the population of Victoria. Approximately 8,400 patients are seen through the outpatient services and in excess of 3000 operations are performed across 4 sites of the network. 

Adult services are looked after at Monash Medical Centre, Moorabbin, Dandenong and Casey and paediatric patients are cared for at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton and Casey Hospital. Apart from caring for patients with ear, nose and throat/ Head and Neck conditions, the unit is actively involved in medical student, doctor and trainee surgeon education and research. Surgical Services include:

  • Base of skull surgery
  • Audiology and ear surgery
  • Paediatric ENT surgery
  • Voice abnormality management
  • Swallowing Management
  • Outpatient clinics

Head and Neck Cancer Services and Multidisciplinary Team Meeting

The H&N clinic operates on a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning at Monash Cancer Centre, Moorabbin Campus. The Multidisciplinary team meeting and clinic on a Thursday is attended by ENT, plastics and oral surgery specialist, chemo/radiation oncologists, speech therapists and other allied health professionals.

Expertise is available to manage a full range of conditions including:

  • Upper aerodigestive tract tumours
  • Skull base tumours
  • Tumours and disorder of the Head & Neck
  • Salivary gland tumours
  • Thyroid and parathyroid tumours
  • Cerebropontive angle lesion (acoustic neuromas)
  • Tumours and disorders of the jaws
  • Parapharyngeal tumours
  • Tumours diseases of the vocal cords
  • The clinic provides a full range of services to patients with Head & Neck tumours including:

  • Diagnostic Services
  • ENT, Maxillofacial, plastics and reconstructive surgery
  • Radiotherapy and chemotherapy through the Peter MacCallum services at Moorabbin Campus of East Melbourne
  • Speech and swallowing assessment and rehabilitation
  • Dietetic services
  • Social services
  • Specialist nursing services
  • Palliative Care through Southern Health palliative care services

Unit Head: Mr Neil Vallance

Operations Manager Sarah McLeod

Fax:9928 8052

Administration/PA:  Heather Pratt 

Phone:  9928 8799 

Fax:  9928 8054

Head & Neck Nurse Coordinator: Jenny Holland

Phone: 9928 8711

Fax: 9928 8052

Clinical Research Coordinator: Dr Debbie Phyland:

Phone 9928 8277

Email: Debra.Phyland@monashhealth.org

Surgeons

Mr Doug Buchanan

Mr Glen Burgess

Mr Markus Dahm

Mr Michael Gordon

Mr Andrew Hays

Mr Wayne Hon

Mr Guillermo Hurtado

Mr Eduard Pudel

Mr Adnan Safdar

Ms Elizabeth Sigston

Mr Brent Uren

Mr Sarin Wongprasartsuk

Mr Charles Giddings

Mr Paul Paddle

Ms Joanne Rimmer