Our Team



Director Mental Health & Integrated Care

Sara Shaughnessy

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Director of Area Cancer Services

AProf. Tom Shakespeare

Radiation Oncologist

Associate Professor Tom Shakespeare

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A/Prof. Tom Shakespeare is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and is the Director and Senior Consultant Radiation Oncologist at the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute at Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. He is also the Director of Cancer Services for the Northern NSW and Mid-North Coast Local Health Districts. He is a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of NSW.

A/Prof Shakespeare has a particular subspecialist interest in managing prostate and breast cancer, and is one of Australia’s leading prostate cancer specialists. Over the last 10 years he has treated thousands of patients with prostate and breast cancer, with a particular interest in image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). He has presented his treatment results at oncology meetings in Australia, Europe and the United States, and has over 50 publications in national and international medical journals.

He has received a number of prizes for cancer research, and was awarded the New South Wales Premier’s Gold Public Service Award for his role in building and staffing the cancer centres at Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

He co-wrote the most recent Cancer Council Australia guidelines for localised and locally advanced prostate cancer, and was the inaugural chair of the NSW Cancer Institute National Radiotherapy Protocols Committee, co-writing the www.EviQ.org.au prostate and breast cancer protocols.

He is particularly passionate about quality care and patient involvement in decision-making. He has audited patient care in South America and Asia for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and designed the Australian Peer Review Audit Tool which oncologists use to audit each other’s care. He is also a public health advocate, and for the last 15 years has educated specialists in Vietnam and advised them about cancer service development. This has improved the care of tens of thousands of Vietnamese cancer patients.


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Office and Business Manager

Paul Berry

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Paul started working with NSW Health in 2003 after a 20 year career in Policing. He was initially appointed to the Area Recruitment Unit and was then was successful in obtaining his current role. Paul has a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and supervises an administrative team of 14 staff.

Cancer Registry

Christine Stanford MNCCI

Cancer Information Program Manager

Christine Stanford

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Chris Stanford is the Cancer Information Program Manager for MNCLHD and NNSWLHD and is based at Coffs Harbour. Chris and the cancer registry team deliver services across the four sites of Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Lismore, and Tweed Heads and are responsible for ensuring that all new cases of cancer are notified to the NSW Cancer Registry to enable accurate reporting of cancer treatment outcomes, and work towards improvements in patient care and survival. Chris has 18 years’ experience as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Medical Oncology including all aspects of cancer nursing, project management, and clinical leadership for the implementation and maintenance of Mosaiq – the cancer information system for MNCCI.

Cancer and Palliative Care Development

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Janice Kilmurray

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Janice (“Jani”) is a Nurse/Midwife and had worked in Health in NSW, Tasmania and in the UK for 44 years. Her career has traversed Cardiac Nursing in all aspects from Nurse Specialist to Nurse Manager and Nurse Educator. Jani has also worked as the Hunter region Heart Foundation Educator and has run Federal Funded Cardiac Rehabilitation programs. Her “second” nursing career took her to Oncology where she has worked for many years as a Clinical Trials Coordinator/Department Manager in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and more recently was Trials Development Coordinator for the collaborative trials group TROG (Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group). Prior to moving to her current role Jani was employed as “Connecting Care Coordinator” in the Chronic Disease Management team at Port Macquarie Community Health campus.

Medical Specialists

Dr Stephen Begbie MNCCI

Medical Oncologist

Dr Stephen Begbie

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Dr Stephen Begbie commenced as a Medical Oncologist in Port Macquarie in 1997, having visited from RNSH as a trainee. Over the years, he has been involved in the development of the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute, and broader regional cancer services in NSW. Dr Begbie has a particular clinical and research interest in Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Breast and Gynaecological Cancers. He is a conjoint lecturer at the UNSW Rural Clinical School. He has been a Board member for the Mid North Coast LHD. He has also been involved in a non –profit fundraising body, the Hastings Cancer Trust, which raises money to benefit local cancer patients and their carers.Dr Begbie can be contacted through the MNCCI-Port Macquarie or his private practice(Port Macquarie Oncology), based in The Highfields Centre, next to the PMBH Emergency Department.

Dr Riton Das


Dr Riton Das

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Dr Carmen Hansen MNCCI

Radiation Oncologist

Dr Carmen Hansen

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Carmen is a Radiation Oncologist at the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute in Port Macquarie, where she specialises in the management of Breast, Gynaecological and Urological malignancies. Carmen completed her training in Radiation Oncology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland, followed by a Fellowship in the Breast Service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Carmen is currently the Director of Training and is actively involved in developing and implementing improved technology in the treatment of Breast Cancer at MNCCI.

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Radiation Oncologist

Dr Jacques Hill

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Jacques has worked at MNCCI in Port Macquarie since October 2007, shortly after the Institute became operational. Jacques qualified in Hamilton, New Zealand and moved to Port Macquarie shortly after. Jacques specialises in head and neck cancer, brain tumours, skin cancers, lymphoma and sarcomas. Being a Kiwi Jacques is very passionate about rugby and can often be seen wearing an All Blacks jersey around the Department. His philosophy is to live life every day.

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Medical Oncologist

Dr Baerin Houghton

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Dr Baerin Houghton graduated from Medical School at UNSW in 2000. He went on to complete Oncology Training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. He is also a qualified Respiratory and Sleep Physician.

Baerin has worked at the National Health and Medical Research Centre as the Australian Lung Cancer Trials Group Fellow and was a member of the NSW Ethics Committee from 2012-2013. Dr Houghton attained a Masters of Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney. He moved to Port Macquarie in 2011 to work at the North Coast Cancer Institute as a Medical Oncologist. His practice currently primarily focuses on thoracic malignancies, head and neck, and skin cancers. Baerin was also the Director of Physician Training for Port Macquarie from 2013 to 2016. Dr Houghton is an active Clinical Trials Researcher and Lecturer at UNSW.

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Radiation Oncologist

Associate Professor Andrew Last

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Andrew Last is one of the three Radiation Oncologists based at Port Macquarie and is Director of Quality for Radiation Oncology. He trained in medicine in Oxford and spent some time in research both in Oxford (UK) and New York (USA). In 1994 he commenced Oncology training at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and subsequently worked for ten years as a Clinical Oncologist in Southampton, UK. In 2008 he joined the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute team where he specialises in the treatment of lung, breast and gastrointestinal cancer.




Dr Richard Stark

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Dr Stark has worked as a consultant haematologist in Port Macquarie since 1993, after training in Sydney and Paris, France.   He operates Mid North Coast Haematology, consults at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute and is a consultant for Laverty Pathology.  He is a part time Senior Lecturer in Medicine at UNSW. Dr Stark is in interested in all aspects of clinical Haematology.   During 2016 Dr Stark has been on leave to work as a volunteer Haematology Advisor to the JDW National Referral Hospital in Bhutan. 



Manager Nursing and Service Development

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Nurse Unit Manager

Jenny Baroutis

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Jenny Baroutis is the Oncology Nursing Unit Manager at Port Macquarie campus of MNCCI and is responsible for the management of more than 50 nursing staff in Medical and Radiation Oncology and Clinical Trials unit. Jenny trained at RPA Sydney, and later graduated from UWS Macarthur and then University of Sydney with post-graduate Masters qualifications in Cancer & Haematology nursing. The Nursing team at Port Macquarie (and Coffs Harbour) incorporate best practice by following the Cancer Institute NSW EviQ treatment guidelines. Jenny is highly appreciative of the local Port Macquarie community who regularly generously donate funds to further enhance patient care.


Andy Kovendy MNCCI

Chief Physicist | Coffs Harbour | Port Macquarie

Andrew Kovendy

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Andrew graduated from Adelaide University with a BSc (Hons) in theoretical and applied physics in 1984 and worked as a technical application and embedded systems software developer before moving to medical physics and becoming a member of the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) in 1986. Andrew originally specialised in diagnostic imaging and was employed by the Radiation Control Branch of the South Australian Health Commission (now EPA) to establish a Breast Screen imaging QA and dosimetry program in 1988-90. In 1989 Andrew became involved with radiation oncology and worked in the newly-established radiotherapy department in Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand from 1990-1991 and then in private radiotherapy practice during which I attained a MSc (App Sci) in Medical Physics from the University of South Australia in 1993. Andrew moved to the NSW North Coast in 2005 as Director of Medical Physics for the three NCCI centres to help establish and manage these institutions to their current level of international best practice. Andrew is accredited as a Radiation Oncology Medical Physicist since 1998 and his main interests are in mathematical modeling of radiation dosimetry and 3D/4D computational methods.

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Deputy Chief Physicist

Brett Waller

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Brett is the Senior Medical Physics Specialist at Port Macquarie MNCCI. Starting out in the computing and electronic industry Brett wanted to apply his knowledge to the fascinating medical science field and set out to do his MSc in Medical Physics in 1992. After 14 years in the Medical Physics profession in New Zealand, Brett applied for the first Port Macquarie Medical Physics position in 2006. In between he has completed a MBA in technology management. Brett has an interest in emerging treatment technologies with particular application of the effects of motion on dosimetry.

Radiation Therapy

Stuart Greenham MNCCI

Chief Radiotherapist | Coffs Harbour | Port Macquarie

Stuart Greenham

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Stuart trained as a Cadet Therapeutic Radiographer in Brisbane at the Queensland Radium Institute (QRI) in the 80’s. After graduating he continued working at QRI before moving to the Wesley Cancer Care Centre, Queensland’s first private Radiotherapy treatment facility. While at the Wesley, Stuart completed a Computer Science degree and applied this to information management and computer related issues in radiation therapy as well as developing specialised skills as part of the team that established Queensland’s first Stereotactic Radiosurgery service. A desire to travel led to a move to New Zealand in 2000 as the Stereotactic Planning RT in Dunedin’s National Stereotactic Radiosurgery program. This role provided a great opportunity to refine and learn new skills, contribute to research and training and ultimately move into a management role.

A move into a corporate role followed as an Applications Specialist /Customer support Engineer with the radiotherapy planning software company Computerised Medical Systems Inc. (CMS). Based in Sydney this role supported Radiotherapy planning systems and staff in departments throughout India, Asia, Australia and New Zealand and broadened Stuart’s RT horizons. Stuart returned to Dunedin to the role of Chief RT to oversee the installation of a new CT simulator, assist with going paperless, and for fun started learning to fly.

The challenge to set up 3 new departments in friendly small communities in the idyllic North Coast of NSW was an opportunity not to be missed, leading to a move to Coffs Harbour in 2005. To lead that project with the team that was awarded the NSW Premier’s Public Service Gold Award in 2008 is a highlight.

The ongoing management of the Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie facilities along with strategic support of the Lismore centre is focused at developing all of the units into world class facilities.

Along with the development of NNSWCI (Lismore) and MNCCI (Port Macquarie & Coffs Harbour) Stuart has also contributed to the development of NSW Cancer Institute evidence based protocols, been appointed as an auditor for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and has conducted audits in radiation oncology departments in Indonesia.

Stuart has contributed to the wider profession through many conference presentations and as primary and co-author of a number of peer reviewed papers.

Matthew Hoffman MNCCI

Deputy Chief Radiation Therapist

Matthew Hoffmann

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Matthew Hoffmann is the Deputy Chief Radiation Therapist at Port Macquarie campus of Mid North Coast Cancer Institute. Matthew Graduated in 1994 from Newcastle University, and has held a number of Senior positions in public and private centres across Australia and in the UK. Matthew was one of the initial staff group to move to the Mid North Coast in 2007 when Radiotherapy services begun. Matthew has an interest in Information Technology and completed an IT degree in 2005, working as MNCCI’s Information Management Radiation Therapist before moving into his current role.