Youth Cancer

Meet the Staff

Lisa Orme, MBBS, FRACP
Lead Clinician & Medical Director
Paediatric, Adolescent & Young Adult Oncologist


Lisa is a Paediatric, Adolescent & Young Adult Oncologist. She has trained at the University of Melbourne, The Royal Children’s Hospital the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre. Lisa was appointed Medical Director of the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service in 2011. She also currently holds a position as a senior staff specialist at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.
 
 
Kate Thompson, BA, BSW, MASW, PhD Candidate
Service Manager & Program Director
Social Worker


Kate is the Program Director of the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service and the Victorian & Tasmanian Youth Cancer Service. A social worker by training, she has specialised in the area of oncology for the past 14 years and in the field of AYA oncology since 2004. She is currently undertaking her PhD through the University of Melbourne.
 
 
Dr Rachel Conyers, MBBS, FRACP, PhD Candidate
Paediatric, Adolescent & Young Adult Oncologist

Rachel is a Paediatric, Adolescent & Young Adult Oncologist. She has previously trained at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, University College Hospital London. Rachel is currently a senior staff specialist at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne in bone marrow transplant, leukaemia and lymphoma.
 
 
Ilana Berger: BA, BSW, Masters Candidate
Team Leader
Social Worker


Ilana graduated overseas with an honours degree in social work 1993. Her twenty years of experience has largely involved working with young people in the field of cancer care. She currently holds the position of team leader with the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service and is undertaking her Masters of Social Work through The University of Melbourne.
 
 
AYA Clinical Nurse Coordinator: Peter Mac: Currently recruiting  
 
Peter Haywood, RN
AYA Clinical Nurse Coordinator: The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Peter is a clinical nurse consultant working at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He coordinates care for adolescent and young adults with any malignancy treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, but also has responsibility for patients receiving treatment for acute leukaemia.
 
 
Nicole Edwards: BEd, Grad Dip Special Ed
Education & Vocation Consultant

Nicole has been employed by the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute for 15 years to support young people with chronic health conditions. She has been based with ONTrac at Peter Mac for the past eight years and has developed a state wide education and vocation program that enables young people with cancer to remain engaged in learning and achieve vocational goals.
 
 
Olivia Doidge: B.App.Sci (Occ Therapy), Graduate Certificate Adolescent Health & Welfare (Oncology Stream)
Occupational Therapist

Olivia has completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and a Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health and Welfare, Oncology. She worked as an Occupational Therapist at Peter Mac prior to commencing a new role with ONTrac at Peter Mac in June 2012 where she works to provide educational and vocational support and assistance to AYAs.
 
 
Christina Portelli: BA, BSW
Social Worker

Christina trained as a Social Worker at RMIT University and has specialised in the area of Adolescent Health and Welfare over the last 10 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.
 
 
Kate Willcox: BA, PGradDip (Psych), MPsych (Clin)
Clinical Psychologist

Kate completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology through Deakin University and has been working in adolescent and young adult mental health since 2010. Kate joined the ONTrac at Peter Mac service in 2012, and has a strong interest in supporting young people manage the many emotional challenges thataccompany a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and beyond.
 
 
Andrew Murnane: MaApplSci (Ex Rehab), Grad Dip (Ex Phys), BaApplSci (Hm), AEP
Exercise Physiologist

Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Science (Exercise Rehabilitation) from Victoria University and in 2008 completed a Clinical Research Fellowship program through Melbourne University. Andrew has a keen interest in improving the functional outcomes and quality of life of Adolescent & Young Adults throughout the cancer continuum.
 
 
Megan Goodwin: BoM(Therapy),Grad Cert Adolescent Health & Welfare (Oncology Stream), Masters Candidate
Music Therapist

Megan trained as music therapist at the University of Melbourne. She has a Postgraduate qualification in AYA Health and Welfare (Oncology) and is continuing with study to complete her Masters at the University of Melbourne.Megan has worked as the RedKite Paediatric and ONTrac Music Therapist at Peter Mac for the last four years.
 
 
Samantha Vann Staalduinen: BSc, MMedEd
State-wide Educator

Sam is an educationalist with a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Sydney. She has worked in various health science research, project management and program/curriculum development roles in Canada and Australia for over a decade.Responsibilities of her current role include the development and implementation of a comprehensive state-wide AYA education and training strategy for Victoria and Tasmania.
 
 
Jessica Smith: BSc
Project Support

Jessica graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science in 2012. Jessica is currently employed with ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service as Project Support Officer. Her role involves being a central point of contact for the Service, and supporting a variety of team Projects. Jessica is also responsible for managing the Patient Database and reporting on the team’s activity throughout the year.
 
   

Mairghread Clarke: BA (Hons), BSW

Social Worker

Mairghread holds a degree in social work from The University of Melbourne and has spent the past 5 years working with youth and family across both community and healthcare settings. With a growing expertise in health and developmental wellbeing, Mairghread joined the ONTrac at Peter Mac team in 2013 where she is a strong advocate for AYA psychosocial care needs.