SBCI –┬áThe Sydney Breast Cancer Institute is an integral unit of the Sydney Cancer Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. The Institute is a treatment, research and education facility encompassing the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, the Strathfield Private Hospital, Canterbury Hospital and the Rachel Forster Breast Clinic.


Associate Professor Richard West AM is the Director of the Sydney Breast Cancer Institute. Associate Professor Hugh Carmalt is the Head of Department for Breast Surgery.

Through its Breast Clinics, the Institute offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary service for patients with benign diseases of the breast, a new breast cancer diagnosis or symptoms that require investigation to exclude breast cancer. Being one of the largest cancer centres in Australia, we provide access to the latest chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments with a strong commitment to involvement in clinical trials.

The Institute also follows up women with a past history of breast cancer and is committed to appropriate screening for women at high risk of breast cancer including a major contribution to our Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Management Clinic on a monthly basis.

The Institute conducts educational programmes for patients and their families, nurses, general practitioners and other medical clinicians.

The Sydney Breast Cancer Institute is strongly supported by the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Institute. The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for research and treatment, raising the awareness of breast cancer and supporting individuals and their families faced with the disease.

A vital component of the Sydney Breast Cancer Institute and Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation is the army of energetic, dedicated volunteers who generously provide invaluable assistance to us throughout the year.

Since the 1980’s volunteers, currently headed by Harriett Harrison, have provided administrative assistance at the weekly Rachel Forster Breast Clinic. Their role is to greet the patients, answer non-medical questions, escort patients to other parts of the Hospital where necessary and do the non-professional work to help make the Clinic run as smoothly as possible.

Approx 50% of the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundations’ volunteer base are members of the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation Management Committee who manage all aspects of the Foundation or work on event specific committees including the Young Women, Pink Luncheon, the Rugby Long Lunch, Golf Day and Pink Ribbon Ball Committees.

The remaining 50% of the Foundations’ volunteer base assists with the Foundation’s management and fundraising activities including operations, financial and marketing management, manning and operating community stalls, assisting with merchandise sales and stocktaking as well as media relations.