Hunter Cancer Centre
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Palliative Care

Allan Kirkpatrick

Dr Allan Kirkpatrick

B.Med (Newcastle) M.Med Skin Cancer (University of Queensland) FRACGP

Allan was born and raised in Newcastle and after completing high school at Cardiff started work at BHP as a Metallurgy Trainee. After several career changes he was accepted into Newcastle University’s Medical School and graduated in 1990. He completed his internship and residency years in the local hospitals and entered general practice in mid-1992. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1997. Just recently he completed a Master’s Degree in Skin Cancer.

Allan has always had a special interest in palliative care and has been a member of the Calvary Mater Palliative Care Team for over 20 years. He is available for admissions and consultations at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital for symptom control and end of life care. 

Allan is passionate about providing good palliative care to patients, believing that he is not just treating a patient but treating the entire family. He believes that relieving the patient’s pain and other symptoms relives distress from families during a period in their lives that is stressful enough! 

In addition to his work at Lake Macquarie Private he is also pleased to see patients and their families in his surgery at Cardiff General Practice.

Erica Cameron-TaylorDr Erica Cameron-Taylor

Dr Erica Cameron-Taylor is a Palliative Medicine Specialist

Dr Cameron-Taylor completed her medical degree at the University of Newcastle and completed rural General Practice training. She subsequently undertook advanced training in Palliative Medicine through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

For the last four years she has worked as a staff specialist in the Department of Palliative Care at Calvary Mater and has a conjoint appointment at the University of Newcastle. Her particular interests include optimising a patient-centred transition from active to palliative treatment and she has been involved in several clinical trials completed through the PACCSC group. Her work in medical education has been presented at local and international meetings and she is currently team leader for the provision of online spaced education in End-of-Life-Care across the Hunter New England healthcare district.

Dr Cameron-Taylor is currently available for inpatient consults at Lake Macquarie Private, and runs a supportive oncology clinic for Hunter Cancer Centre outpatients, based at Genesis Cancer Care, Newcastle.

Susan NewtonDr Susan Newton

Dr Susan Newton is a Palliative Medicine Specialist.

Dr Susan Newton completed her undergraduate medical degree at The University of Newcastle (UoN) NSW, and gained her Palliative Medicine Foundation Fellowship in 2000 (FAChPM). Since then she has completed a Graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine (ECU) in 2000 and a Masters in Professional Ethics (UNSW) in 2005.

Dr Newton has 25 years of experience as a Palliative Care doctor in the public health sector, working at Mercy Hospice, Newcastle Calvary Mater Hospital; the Central Coast Palliative Care Service; and more recently, as Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Medicine in the Hunter New England Local Health District (The Maitland Hospital).

Dr Newton is a member of the Australian New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine; The NSW Palliative Care Association; the Australian Medical Association; and is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, NSW.

She is a published author (Palliative Care of the Older Patient in Geriatric Medicine, Nair et al) and is a former Subeditor in Palliative Medicine of The Internal Medicine Journal. She has presented papers to local, state, national and international conferences on The Virtual Hospice: an innovative end-of-life care programme she co-designed and directed, at The Maitland Hospital.

She is currently the Director of Hearth Care, delivering consulting and educational services in Supportive and Palliative Care.

Susan, together with Erica Cameron-Taylor, have set up a supportive oncology clinic for Hunter Cancer Centre outpatients through the Genesis rooms. Susan also is available for consulting inpatients at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital regarding supportive care, symptom control and complex pain issues.