Meet the Staff

Dr Michael Osborn

Lead Clinician

Michael is a consultant haematologist and oncologist, who was appointed to the Youth Cancer Service in 2011. Michael initially trained in paediatric haematology and oncology before undertaking a bone marrow transplant fellowship in the United Kingdom. He has also completed training in adult clinical and laboratory haematology.


Allan Hayward

Service Manager 

Allan is a Registered Nurse with a specialist interest in Haematology. He has worked extensively in the Haematology / Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and other cancer services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Allan has completed further study and holds a Graduate Diploma in Oncology Nursing, and a Graduate Certificate in Apheresis Nursing Science.


Melissa Jones

Registered Nurse / Cancer Care Coordinator 

Melissa joined the team in 2014. She completed a Bachelor of Nursing in 2008 and has worked in the field of Cancer Nursing since 2009, with experience in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Haematology. Melissa has completed a Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Oncology Nursing) and continues to work towards a Masters Degree.


Alahna Ferguson

Social Worker 

Alahna completed a Bachelor of Social Work in 2003 at the University of NSW, and has worked in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care since June 2013. Her previous experience has seen her work for over 10 years with children, adolescents and young adults in the area of child protection and family court; including working with young people under the guardianship of the minister.


Helen Rowden-Tiago

Social Worker 

Helen completed her Masters of Social Work in 2008, and has worked in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care since June 2012. Her previous experience consists of working with adolescents under the guardianship of the Minister as well as working with disengaged youth.


Morgan Atkinson

Exercise Physiologist 

Morgan is an Exercise Physiologist with a strong interest in cancer rehabilitation. He completed his accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist in 2005/6 and has been working in clinical rehabilitation at the Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. In 2006 he developed an exercise program specifically for cancer patients to help them manage the various treatment related side effects.


Hayley Miller

Music Therapist

Hayley is a Registered Music Therapist who completed her Masters of Music Therapy at the University of Queensland. Based at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Hayley supports young people dealing with cancer to express themselves, find comfort and connect with others using music.


Olivia Urbaniec

Clinical Psychologist 

Olivia is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree in 2009. She has conducted research into the psychological distress and unmet supportive care needs of gynaecological cancer survivors and continues to have an interest in this area. Her previous experience has seen her work with children diagnosed with autism, as well as in the area of child protection.


Kelly Skelton

Research Nurse

Kelly is an Enrolled Nurse, with an Advanced Diploma and more than 8 years experience working within the cancer centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.  Kelly has previous research skills and was involved in collecting data for the AYA Cancer Patterns of Care study and is currently completing an AYA Oncology Graduate Certificate through Melbourne University. Kelly was also a 2013 winner of the SA Health Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award. Her previous experience includes working with guardianship of the minister and homeless youth.


Libby Nolan

Administrative Assistant

Libby is the Administrative Assistant for the team. She has been with the Youth Cancer Service since November 2013. Libby has 10 years of experience working across Royal Adelaide Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Her roles have included pharmacy technician, outpatient receptionist, ward clerk and administration assistant.