Oncology and Haematology

The St Vincent’s Private Day Oncology Unit and Infusion Centre specialises in providing personalised and holistic care for patients and their families receiving treatment.

We have two specialised day oncology units located at our East Melbourne and Fitzroy campuses.

Day Infusion Service – Fitzroy

The Day Infusion Service – Fitzroy, specializes in the care and support of patients receiving day medical therapy (usually by IV infusion), often used for the treatment or management of cancer or chronic illness.

The Day Infusion offers patients the convenience of a day treatment service in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Education & Assessment

Qualified staff will arrange personalised education sessions about your treatment and potential side affects you may experience. We encourage all patients to bring a support person to ask questions or support their loved ones.

Prior to each treatment, one of our expert staff members will assess your health, and discuss any concerns you have.


Our specialised service has qualified registered nurses who can deliver all Infusions. Our staff members are highly qualified in chemotherapy and haematology and utilising a variety of Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD) and cannulation.

Our unit comprise of 7 reclining chairs to keep you comfortable throughout your treatment. We offer free Wi-Fi and encourage you to bring your laptop or iPad to keep you entertained during your treatment.

We offer a wide variety of food and drinks during your treatment. If you have any dietary requirements or food allergies, please contact our unit the day prior to your treatment to arrange an alternative suitable option.

Our staff

At St Vincent’s Private we have a compassionate team of registered nurses, reception staff, oncologists, haematologists, medical specialists, and allied health professionals available to assist in the treatment and wellbeing of our patients, to ensure they receive the best level of care, support and education.

Other services include:

  • IBD nurse specialist
  • physiotherapy
  • diabetic educator
  • pharmacy
  • occupational therapist
  • dieticians
  • pastoral care
  • social worker

Day Oncology Unit - East Melbourne

The Day Oncology Unit at St Vincent’s Private East Melbourne treats patients with cancers such as breast, ovarian, prostate, lung, gastrointestinal and lymphomas, as well as immunological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The unit provides patients with chemotherapy and immunotherapy administration, education and care.

New purpose built area

Our Day and Oncology Infusion Services has relocated to a brand new purpose built area. Now located on 4th Floor, 141 Grey St, East Melbourne and co-located with the Breast Surgery and Plastics unit.

The centre has expanded from 6 to 8 new electronically operated recliner chairs in beautiful, light filled, appointed surrounds.


The newly extended hours are from 8am to 5pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

We have friendly, caring and highly qualified Oncology/Chemotherapy nursing staff who have extensive experience in the administration of chemotherapy and immunotherapy drugs, plus Iron and blood product infusions. All staff are skilled in IV Cannulation and management of Central Venous Access devices (CVAD’S).

East Melbourne Day Oncology is staffed by 4 qualified chemotherapy nurses and two of the chemotherapy nurses are also qualified Breast Care Nurses.

Scalp Cooling

Scalp cooling is available at St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne. Scalp cooling can assist in reducing the amount of hair loss during some courses of treatment.

We are delighted to introduce Oncology Liaison Nurse, Ms Marisa Stevens at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne.

Ms Marisa Stevens
Oncology Liaison Nurse

Marisa has worked in oncology for the past 20 years, including employment interstate and overseas in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. She has accreditation as both a breast and lung cancer nurse. View Marisa's profile here. (PDF 682.3KB)

Oncology Rehab Program

Our six-week outpatient oncology rehabilitation program aims to help the recovery of patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. This 6-week outpatient program aims to facilitate recovery from cancer allowing the individual to return to an active and satisfying life.The oncology rehabilitation program comprises an organised group program that combines health education, exercise and support. We provide each patient with an individual, supervised exercise program and specific referrals to members of the multi-disciplinary team, where appropriate.

The program includes:

  • an initial assessment by a physiotherapist and rehabilitation physician
  • a customized exercise program supervised by an oncology physiotherapist
  • a comprehensive education program focused on support after cancer, management of treatment related side-effects and encouraging a healthy lifestyle to prevent cancer recurrence
  • expert physiotherapist advice on managing treatment related impairments
  • access to an open forum for both patients and support members to ask questions and share experiences.

Our staff

Our multi-disciplinary team includes a:

  • rehabilitation physician
  • oncology liaison nurse
  • oncology physiotherapist
  • occupational therapist
  • dietitian
  • psychologist


The cost of this program is covered by most private health insurance funds. We will complete a health fund check and notify you of any cost involved prior to commencement of the program.

Parking is available at no cost to all patients attending the program.

Program details

When: Every Monday and Wednesday for 6 weeks, from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm or 2 pm - 4 pm (Group sessions)

Where: Ground floor, St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne, 159 Grey Street East Melbourne.

Breast Cancer Support Group

We invite all women of all ages, diagnosed with early breast cancer at St Vincents Private Hospital Melbourne to join our Breast Cancer Social Group. Meeting on the first Friday of each month.

Click here to download information about our support group.


Rehabilitation can be helpful at any time after cancer diagnosis and is recommended for people with early or advanced cancer. This includes before treatment (eg. to prepare for surgery or get fit for chemotherapy), during treatment or after treatment. Many patients are referred to the program while attending day oncology. You may also be referred to the program by a surgeon, oncologist, physician or general practitioner. You will be contacted shortly after referral has been received to organise your initial program assessment.

Click here to download a copy of the Oncology Day Therapy Rehabilitation Referral Form

What to bring

Patients need to bring:

  • loose, comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • support family member, friend or relative are also welcome.

Contact us

East Melbourne - Day Oncology Enquiries:

Tel: 9928 6551

East Melbourne - Day Therapy Rehabilitation Referrals and Enquiries:

Tel: 03 9928 6077

Fax: 03 9928 6888

Email: SVPEM.DayTherapyInta@svha.org.au

Our locations

Day Oncology

St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne

4th Floor, 141 Grey Street

East Melbourne

Day Therapy Centre

St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne

166 Gipps Street

East Melbourne