What is the ANZHNCS?

The Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society (ANZHNCS) was formed in 1998 with the simple goal to promote quality care for all head and neck cancer patients

What is the ANZHNCS?

The Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society (ANZHNCS) was formed in 1998 with the simple goal to promote quality care for all head and neck cancer patients

What is the ANZHNCS?

The Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society (ANZHNCS) was formed in 1998 by a group of head and neck oncologists from the disciplines of surgery, radiation oncology and medical oncology. Their goal was simple: to promote quality care for all head and neck cancer patients.

Today, the membership of the ANZHNCS continues to expand and work towards that same goal.

Through leading a multi-disciplinary approach to education, research, care and advocacy, the ANZHNCS has been able to minimise the impact of head and neck cancer for thousands of patients. In order to help even more, it aims to:

  • Continue to improve our high quality Australian / New Zealand annual head and neck cancer multidisciplinary scientific meeting with invited international luminary speakers from a diversity of specialties who treat head and neck cancer.
  • Use the annual scientific meeting and the other gatherings of the society to promote collaboration and interdisciplinary team building between medical and allied health specialists with a major interest in managing head and neck cancer throughout Australia and New Zealand.
  • Be a pathway of contact and building collaborative relationships with multidisciplinary international head and neck cancer societies.
  • Support research in head and neck cancer, and the sharing of knowledge.

How the Society will deliver on its aims

  • Promote and advance throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region the multi-disciplinary practice of head and neck oncol
  • Promote and encourage standards of practice that aim to achieve optimal outcomes for patients with tumours of the head and neck.
  • Encourage and assist in participation in research related to tumours of the head and neck.
  • Educate patients, the community, health professionals and key stakeholders in relation to tumours of the head and neck.
  • Promote high quality and timely care consistent with internationally agreed standards. Promote accurate, prospective data collection related to head and neck oncology. Actively promote preventative health measures.
  • Advocate for public policy and practice that reduces the impact of head and neck cancer, including advice to governments and policy makers, and media commentaries.
  • Ensure organisational relevance and growth through a broadened membership base.

Members of the Executive Committee


Dr Brian Stein, Medical Oncologist, Adelaide

Vice President

Dr Tsien Fua, Radiation Oncologist, Victoria




Dr Michael Collins, Radiation Oncologist, Douglas, Townsville

Immediate Past President

Associate Professor Julia Maclean, Speech Pathologist, Sydney


  • Dr Robert Coren, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Adelaide
  • Ms Cate Froggatt, Registered Nurse, Sydney
  • Associate Professor Richard Gallagher, Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon, Sydney
  • Associate Professor Gary Morgan, Head & Neck Surgeon, Clinical Director, Sydney
  • Associate Professor Eng H. Ooi, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeon, Adelaide
  • Dr Kerwin Shannon, Head and Neck Surgeon, Chairman Australian Research Foundation, Sydney
  • Mr Thasvir Singh, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, New Zealand
  • Mr Rod Wellington, Independent Adviser

ANZHNCS Call for Nominations

Due to the retirement and completion of terms of directors, the ANZHNCS would like to call for nominations from any ordinary member to serve on the executive of the ANZHNCS. A minimum of two vacancies will arise at the next AGM providing opportunities for members to engage in the management and progression of the society.

The nominating committee strives to retain experience and corporate knowledge within the executive in addition to ensuring a balanced representation of specialties and geography. It is important that the executive represents our two nations and the multidisciplinary nature of the society. With that in mind, we are particularly interested to receive nominations from Queensland and Western Australia and from our ENT and Radiation Oncology members, however, all nominations will be very welcomed. I would encourage members who feel they have the time, interest and expertise to contribute to the ongoing growth and development of the society to nominate. The details of the nominating committee processes, and executive member responsibilities are available on the ANZHNCS website within the constitution, and corporate governance charter.

Please contact info@anzhncs.org with expressions of interest or nominations please complete the nomination form Click Here and ensure that it is returned to Thalia at TAS before July 6, 2020. Please feel free to contact me directly should you wish to discuss the opportunity to serve on the ANZHNCS executive.

A/Prof Julia Maclean
Chair, Nominating Committee, ANZHNCS

Nomination Form

ANZHNCS Corporate Governance

To assist in ensuring that a high standard of corporate governance is developed and maintained within the Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society, a constitution has been developed and agreed which sets out the fundamental principles to which the organisation is to be governed.

Click here to download the ANZHNCS Constitution.

Click here to download the ANZHNCS Corporate Governance Charter.