Day Oncology

Day Oncology at the Olivia Newton-John Wellness & Research Centre is a purpose built space where patients receive medical oncology treatments such as chemotherapy.

It is designed to be a peaceful and light-filled place where you can receive your treatment while making use of our entertainment facilities or looking out over the courtyard containing our tree of life.


What we do

Most chemotherapy treatments are given at the Day Oncology unit on Level 3 of the ONJ Centre. In addition to the latest equipment and highly-trained staff, the unit has been designed to meet your needs with comfortable chairs and beds, and entertainment devices such as iPads that can be loaned for personal use whilst on the unit. Volunteers are also on hand to provide you with a cup of tea, a snack or to have a chat.

At Day Oncology, our staff understand that a diagnosis of cancer and undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy can be challenging to you and your family. They are available to provide information and support to help you cope with your treatment and any potential side effects. Wellness therapists and allied health professionals such as dietitians or speech pathologists are also available in Day Oncology. You can have am medical review by a doctor if you are feeling unwell or are involved in a clinical trial. 

How to find us

You and your carer are invited to attend an orientation and education session before your first treatment to familiarise yourselves with the unit, staff, facilities and the treatment process.

We are on Level 3 of the ONJ Centre, close to the Main Reception.


Day Oncology, ONJ Centre

+ 61 3 9496 5138

Monday to Friday 8am-5pm 

Helpful resources during your treatment

These resources will help you to better understand what to expect from your care and treatment, and enable you to be involved in the planning of your individual cancer care and management, together with your treatment team.

If you have any questions about any of these resources, please ask a member of your treatment team.

Starting chemotherapy

After you see your medical oncologist in clinic, you should receive a call from a day oncology staff member within 10 days. They will discuss your appointment details, including your chemotherapy education session with a nurse.

If you do not hear from us about your appointment within 10 days after your consultation with your doctor, please call: 
03 9496 3492 (Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 5.00 pm)

In the meantime, you may like to view the following video from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre: Looking after yourself during chemotherapy

Your first appointment

This session may take up to 30 – 45 minutes and is held before you are scheduled to start your treatment. You will have a tour around the Day Oncology Unit and the Wellness Centre. It is recommended that you bring along a friend or relative to provide support during this session.