Dion Forstner as Acting Director Cancer Services

Associate Professor Dion Forstner

Acting Director Cancer Services, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney
Site Director Radiation Oncology, GenesisCare, St Vincent’s Sydney
Conjoint Associate Professor University of New South Wales

A/Prof Dion Forstner is a radiation oncologist who has been based at the St Vincent’s campus since 2018. Prior to this he has Head of Department of Radiation Oncology in South Western Sydney Local Health District for 9 years. His clinical focus is in the management of head and neck, and skin cancers.

Dion graduated from the University of Tasmania. He undertook radiation oncology in South Australia and then practiced in south western Sydney for 15 years.

From 2014 to 2018 Dion headed up the professional body for radiation oncologists in Australia and New Zealand as Dean of Faculty of Radiation Oncology (FRO) at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). In that role, he had a strong interest in quality, workforce, education and advocacy. He remains involved with RANZCR as Chair of the MBS working group – leading implementation of the completely new MBS schedule for radiation oncology and he is involved in training as a clinical supervisor, an assessor for accreditation of training sites and as an assessor of international medical graduates. Dion is President of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) which is the peak national body representing health professionals from all disciplines whose work involves the care of cancer patients. He sits on the Boards of the COSA and Head and Neck Cancer Australia and is a member of the NSW Government’s Radiation Advisory Council which oversees management of radiation incidents in NSW. He was recently a member of Cancer Australia’s Australian Cancer Plan Advisory Group.

Dion sees his role as acting director of cancer services is to:
Ensure the workforce is looked after and to enable them to flourish in a supported environment.
Enable the provision of the safest and highest quality comprehensive cancer care to patients
Ensure strong relationships across the St Vincent’s campus
Improving access to care and navigation for patients and carers