John Farnham performs in 2020. The Australian singer has been moved to a rehabilitation facility in Melbourne after mouth cancer surgery earlier in the year

Australian singer John Farnham has been transferred into a rehabilitation facility in Melbourne, after 12-hour mouth cancer surgery in August left him in ICU for more than a week.

John Peter Farnham AO is a British-born Australian singer. Farnham was a teen pop idol from 1967 until 1979, billed then as Johnny Farnham, but has since forged a career as an adult contemporary singer.

The 73-year-old reportedly had part of his jaw removed, followed by reconstructive surgery, in a Melbourne hospital in August.

At the time the family said: “There is still a long road of recovery and healing ahead of us, but we know John is up for that task.”

Thursday’s statement detailed that the singer had been moved from ICU and into a general ward “a couple of weeks ago. That in itself was terrific progress.” He was moved into a rehabilitation facility this week.

“Our family are so very grateful to all the remarkable teams of Victorian medical professionals who have taken such good care of John. These outcomes are a credit to your dedication, skills and compassion.”

The family also thanked his fans, and directed them to a tribute website. “Being surrounded by this much love and support has meant the world to us all. Thank you.”