Dr Lisa Orme / Medical Director / Phone 03 9656 1744
Lisa is the Medical Director of ONTrac at Peter Mac and a Paediatric, Adolescent & Young Adult oncologist. She works within the Sarcoma Service at Peter Mac and also as a Paediatric Haematologist Oncologist in the Children's Cancer Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.
Lisa’s work focuses on the translational, clinical and psychosocial aspects of paediatric and AYA oncology. Lisa sits on the national COSA AYA steering, national COSA AYA research committee and is involved in many research projects aimed at improving the outcomes for young people and their families.
Kate Thompson / Manager / Phone 03 9656 1652
Kate is the Manager of ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Service. A social worker by training, she has specialised in the area of oncology for the past 12 years and AYA oncology for the past 8 years. Kate plays a leadership role in the development of targeted services for young people both within Victoria and nationally. She currently sits on the COSA National AYA Steering Committee and the Victorian & Tasmanian State-wide Advisory Board. She is an investigator on a number of research projects in AYA cancer care which are currently funded through Cancer Australia, NHMRC and the Federal Department of Health & Ageing.
Dr Rachel Conyers / Paediatric, Adolescent & Young Adult Oncologist / Phone 03 9656 1744
Rachel is a paediatric, adolescent & young adult oncologist. She has worked at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Great Ormond Street Hospital on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, as the Sarcoma fellow at University College Hospital London. Rachel is currently working in the ONTrac at Peter Mac team and seeing young people through the Haematology Service at Peter Mac. She is completing her PhD in Sarcoma genetics with an NHMRC scholarship. Rachel has a keen and growing interest in translational research and clinical trials.
Ilana Berger / Team Leader/Social Worker / Phone 03 9656 5226
Ilana graduated overseas with an honours degree in social work 1993. Her eighteen years of experience has largely involved working with adolescents and young adults in the oncology field. She is currently a senior clinician and the team leader with the ONTrac at Peter Mac , Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service. Her role includes responsibility for the clinical leadership of the team ensuring a high standard of patient care; leading the state-wide education and training framework for healthcare professionals working in this field and responsibility for the provision of staff clinical supervision and support. She also provides direct care to complex patients and their families. Ilana is currently undertaking her Masters of Social Work through The University of Melbourne.
Lucy Holland /Research Coordinator / Phone 03 9656 1766
Lucy is the Research Coordinator of ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service. With a research based Masters degree in Psychology, Lucy joined the ONTrac at Peter Mac team in 2009. Her interests include exploring the needs of adolescent and young adults with cancer and improving outcomes for these patients and their families. She is also interested in service evaluation and development. Lucy has been involved in the development and facilitation of the Victorian and Tasmanian Youth Cancer Consumer Advisory Board since its inception in 2010. She is passionate about ensuring that the voices of young people affected by cancer are heard in the development of services tailored to meet their needs.
Nicole Edwards / Education & Vocation Officer / Phone 03 9656 5227
Nicole has worked for ten years at the RCH Education Institute to support children and adolescents, with chronic health conditions, remain connected to school. Nicole's background is in special education and she has a particular interest in supporting AYA to complete VCE.
Nicole’s position has recently expanded at Peter Mac to assist all young people with their education through school, university and TAFE as well as providing guidance and assistance to those whose employment situation may have changes as a result of their cancer diagnosis. Nicole is currently undertaking her Masters through The University of Melbourne.
Esther Yeoman/Secondary Consultation Officer / Phone 03 9656 1740
Esther trained as a Registered Nurse at the University of Ballarat and has worked in a variety of clinical settings in Victoria and interstate. She has extensive experience in medical oncology with the past five years working at Peter Mac. She has post-graduate qualifications in oncology and palliative care, and is currently completing studies specific to AYA health and welfare (oncology stream) at the University of Melbourne.
Esther has a particular interest in rare malignancies affecting the AYA demographic, with over two years experience in working purely with patients undergoing medical oncology treatment for sarcoma. She has recently been appointed to undertake the development if the ONTrac at Peter Mac state-wide secondary consultation service. This new role is closely aligned with Esther’s interest in improving access to specialist multidisciplinary care and clinical trials for all young people diagnosed with cancer.
Christina Portelli /Social Worker / Phone 03 9656 5224
Christina trained as a Social Worker at RMIT University and has specialised in the area of Adolescent Health and Welfare over the last 9 years. She has developed a particular interest in working with young people and has experience across a number of settings including community, government, education and health. Christina joined the ONTrac at Peter Mac service in June 2010 in a Social Work role. Christina is passionate about ensuring adolescents and young adults have access to timely and developmentally appropriate supportive care interventions, as they navigate the challenges that a cancer diagnosis brings.
Louise Devereux /Project Manager, Victorian & Tasmanian Youth Cancer Network Project / Phone 03 9656 1736
Louise is a Registered Nurse with a background in paediatric clinical nursing and health management. She also has extensive experience in the management of state-wide health care programs and has been responsible for the development of several heath service development initiatives while with the Department of Health, Victoria. In her current role as project manager of the Victorian and Tasmanian Youth Cancer Network she is working with clinicians, ONTrac at Peter Mac , the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services and the Victorian and Tasmanian Health Departments to further develop AYA Oncology services throughout Victoria and Tasmania.
Samantha Van Staalduinen / Project Coordinator / Phone 03 9656 5896
Sam is an educationalist with a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Sydney. She has worked in various health sciences research, project management and program/curriculum development roles in both Canada and Australia for nearly a decade. Her work has spanned doctor-patient and cross-cultural communication, patient safety, and all levels of postgraduate medical education with organisations such as NSW Health, CanTeen and the WHO. She recently completed development of The University of Melbourne’s Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health and Welfare Oncology, and is currently working on a pilot model of survivorship care for young people across Victoria. Sam is also leading the development of several online learning modules on AYA cancer care and adolescent health more broadly.
Bobbie-Jane Rosenhart / Project Support Officer/ Phone 03 9656 1744