I am a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has been working in cancer care for over a decade. I started my ‘cancer’ career working with CanTeen Australia, and started working in the Psycho-Oncology Service at RPA Hospital in 2009. Chris O’Brien Lifehouse opened in since 2013, and I transitioned across. In my current role I wear a couple of hats! I am the Allied Health Manager looking after 30 clinical staff across all Allied Health Disciplines, but also continue to have a clinical case load. I also teach in the University of Melbourne (Cancer care in young people) and the University of Sydney Cancer Nursing Program. My interest areas are specifically in AYA cancer care, and working with people at the end of life. I am involved in several research projects and teams, across both AYA and adult psycho-oncology. I have been an active participant in IPOS over the years, and was honoured to run a workshop in Banff in 2019 on the role of ACT in caring for AYAs. I am looking forward to hopefully making my way back to Canada for IPOS2022! I am really loving the networks of clinician’s that span the globe, and the expertise that is shared around during and between events.
The last couple of years I have done some writing about the use of ACT in cancer care and have a couple of books out (Cancer, Sex, Drugs and Death, 2017 – For Health Professionals and The Cancer Companion, 2021 – For patients). In my downtime I am a bit of a surfing devotee, with an absence of talent to meet the enthusiasm. And for the most part, just like being out in the world, however that might be.