Youth Cancer

Meet the Staff

Our expert team will be able to provide multidisciplinary expertise in the management of AYA patients so that we achieve the best outcomes for them and provide support to navigate their cancer journey and continue on with their life with minimal disruption.

Western Sydney

Vivek Bhadri MA, MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Lead Clinician
Tel: 02-9845 9597 
Fax: 02-9891 5814

Dr Bhadri is a paediatric and adolescent oncologist, and medical lead within the AYA team. He trained in paediatric oncology in Sydney before completing an AYA fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He works closely with colleagues within both adult oncology at Lifehouse and paediatric oncology at Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Alison Baker
Clinical Nurse Consultant

Tel: 02-9845 2142 
Fax: 02-9845 2171

Alison has been working in the role of Clinical Nurse Consultant within the Western Sydney Youth Cancer Service since 2011. Prior to this, she worked within the area of paediatric haematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Alison has completed post graduate studies in the area of Adolescent and Young Adult cancer care as well as a Master degree in Nursing Advanced Practice.


Jennifer Chard BMedSci, MBBS, ClinDipPallMed, GCertAdolHlthWelf, FRANZCR

Tel: 02-9845 5200 Fax: 02-9891 5414

Dr Chard is a Radiation Oncologist with expertise in paediatric and AYA cancers. She undertook an AYA fellowship at Westmead hospital in 2012 and has completed postgraduate studies in adolescent health through the University of Melbourne. She has also completed a fellowship in brachytherapy at Mt Vernon hospital in the UK.

Kristyn Schilling RN
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Tel: 02 9515 5580
Fax: 02 9515 5426

Kristyn is the Sarcoma Clinical Nurse Consultant within the AYA team. Her role provides patients and their family an easily accessible link to the Multidisciplinary Team working closely with her Surgical and Oncology colleagues at RPAH, Lifehouse and the Children’s Hospital Westmead. Kristyn has completed post graduate studies in Adolescent Health & Welfare and Cancer & Haematology Nursing.
Toni Lindsay Prof Doc in Clin and Health Psych, B Psych (Hons), MAPS
Clinical Psychologist
Tel: 02 85140208

Toni Lindsay has been working as a Clinical Psychologist within the haematology and oncology field for the past 7 years. Her current role is in the Psycho-Oncology Service at Chris O`Brien Lifehouse working between Oncology and Haematology with a specific interest and specialisation in Adolescent and Young Adult care. She is the chair of the AYA committee at Chris O`Brien Lifehouse.
Joan Ryan RN
Palliative Care Nurse Consultant
Tel: 02-9515 7755

Joan Ryan is a Palliative Care Nurse Consultant with advanced training and experience in helping to care for people with a life threatening illness. Joan provides direct care, advice and support for patients and families with the goal of maximising quality of life and comfort.