Centre For Wellbeing Our Team
Meet the practitioners and facilitators of the services, therapies and programs at the Centre for Wellbeing. They are all highly experienced in their fields, and have extensive additional training in supporting those experiencing cancer.
Simone Paterson, Physiotherapist
Simone is a physiotherapist specialising in lymphoedema management. Her practice includes the early monitoring and early intervention for lymphoedema after treatment of Breast, genitourinary or gynaecological cancers or melanoma, and treating the musculoskeletal issues often associated with cancer treatments.
Simone is available Thursdays.
Anna-Louise Moule, Exercise Physiologist
Anna-Louise is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in oncology and the management of chronic conditions through exercise and lifestyle management. She uses evidence-based practice to translate the latest research and guidelines to practical exercise strategies.
Anna-Louise is available Wednesdays.
Natasha Cauchi, Physiotherapist
Natasha is a physiotherapist, Pilates instructor and former elite gymnast who has a great understanding of how the body moves and how it can heal itself. Natasha provides accurate, holistic programming and coaching for her patients.
Natasha is available Thursdays.
Angelica Chu, Dietitian
Angelica specialises in working with people affected by cancer, from diagnosis into survivorship. She loves seeing her clients empowered with nutrition knowledge, self-awareness and self-compassion, in turn nurturing a joyful relationship with food!
Angelica is available Tuesdays.
Dr Alex Withers, Clinical Psychologist
Alex offers a warm and compassionate approach alongside the provision of targeted research-based strategies to her clients. Alex has worked with people from many walks of life and in many different age groups and has a particular interest in health and adjustment across the lifespan.
Alex is available Thursdays.
Emily Dylan, Consulting Psychologist
Emily has particular expertise in assessing and treating anxiety and depressive disorders. Changes in mood are common in the context of health concerns and Emily also applies her expertise and skills to those affected by illness. Emily has a particular interest and expertise in supporting people living with cancer, carers and those living with chronic pain.
Emily is available Mondays.
Susan Gallagher, Acupuncturist
Susan uses acupuncture to support and care for your health. She combines acupuncture with Chinese medicine and diet advice to get you back to doing what you love as soon as possible. Melding Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, her treatments are very gentle.
Susan is available Wednesdays.
Rebecca Della-Franca, Massage Therapist
Rebecca is a massage therapist with specific training in oncology massage who specialises in gentle, supportive touch therapies for those people going through ill health. Her focus is to help others feel relief from pain, bringing peace to those who are sick, suffering, in chronic pain or for those with a terminal illness.
Rebecca is available Tuesdays.
Dr Byeongsang Oh, Integrative Medicine/Acupuncturist
Dr Oh is an Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney and a founding member of the International Medical Tai Chi Qigong Association (iMTQA), USA. His main research area is acupuncture, lifestyle medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong mind-body medicine.
Dr Oh is available Tuesdays.
Johanna Forsyth, Reflexologist
Johanna is a Reflexologist who has a keen interest in the positive effects of Reflexology on cancer patients including the relief of long-term symptoms after cancer treatment. The outcomes for her clients with cancer are very positive and the relaxing, therapeutic effects of Reflexology are undeniable.
Johanna is available Mondays.
Dr Im Quah-Smith, Medical Acupuncturist/Auricular Medicine
Im is a medical practitioner and independent medical researcher with a focus on optimal wellbeing. She is constantly exploring and refining protocols for improving health outcomes. A strong advocate for preventative medicine and mind-body medicine, she you understand your illness, empowering you to heal and maintain wellbeing.
Im is available Wednesdays.
Caroline Bernardi, Guided Meditation Facilitator
Caroline adopted meditation and exercise as part of a holistic approach to her own illness after she was diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer. She takes patients and their families through guided relaxation meditation sessions to help with anxiety and symptoms related to cancer and its treatment.
Caroline is available Mondays.
Jane Freeman, Dietitian
Jane is an internationally experienced Cancer Dietitian & London trained cook, award winning cancer book author and passionate advocate for positive eating experiences. She is looking forward to working with the Mater community to help translate the various cancer eating recommendations into a range of exciting taste and good food discovery experiences.
Jane runs Nutrition Workshops throughout the year.
Alison Auland, Yoga Teacher
Alison holds an intuitive and nurturing space, where she creates focus, connection and fun. She has recently focused on the benefits of Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness and conscious rest and how these practices renew our nervous system, particularly as our lives are full to the brim; navigating career, home life and health challenges and continual access to technology.
Alison teaches on Mondays & Tuesdays.
Fiona Fitzpatrick, Art Therapist
Fiona is a certified Art Therapist and counsellor with many years’ experience working in various oncology settings and a passion for helping people use creative and therapeutic processes to feel better. For over a decade she has provided individual, family and group art therapy to people affected by cancer.
Fiona runs Art Therapy workshops each month.
Sam Davis, Zen Meditation & Mindfulness Facilitator
Sam has been a Zen meditation teacher since 2006. He had an extensive background in the corporate world before becoming a management teacher, then a teacher of Zen meditation. Sam brings a spiritual sensitivity and gentle humour to his guidance of students in the practice of Zen meditation. He is also a Masters qualified psychotherapist and counsellor.
Sam runs Zen Meditation & Mindfulness workshops throughout the year.