Meet the team

Jeremy Lewin MBBS FRACP
Medical Oncologist
Medical Director
Jeremy is a Medical Oncologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre with expertise in sarcoma and genitourinary malignancies. His areas of interest include developing new therapeutic strategies for young cancer patients with relapsed disease and rationalizing surveillance strategies for those in survivorship. Jeremy is committed to the highest quality of youth friendly clinical care and leading research priorities for the service.


Kate Thompson BA, BSW, MASW, PhD Candidate
Program Director
Social Worker
Kate is a social worker by training and has specialised in the area of oncology since 2004. Kate’s clinical and research interests include young people’s interaction with the healthcare system, models and the delivery of quality youth cancer care.  She is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Melbourne.


Paediatric, Adolescent & Young Adult Oncologist
Lisa is a Paediatric, Adolescent & Young Adult Oncologist.  She has trained at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre.  In addition to her appointment at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, she also holds a position as a senior staff specialist at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.


Ilana Berger BASW (Hons), MAdvSW
Team Leader
Ilana is a social worker by training and has worked for over 25 years in the oncology field.  She is committed to the delivery of evidenced based clinical care for young people affected by cancer and their families. Ilana also holds the position of Youth Participation Coordinator in Victoria ensuring the active engagement of young people in the design and delivery of cancer services.


Yasmine Umar


Mairghread Clarke BA (Hons), BSW
Social Worker
Mairghread holds a degree in social work from The University of Melbourne and has spent just under a decade working with youth and family across both community and healthcare settings. With a growing expertise in health and developmental wellbeing, Mairghread joined Peter Mac in 2013 where she is a strong advocate for psychosocial care needs of young people.


Cecilia Judge
Social Worker


Anna Gilkison
Educational and Vocational Consultant


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 Wellbeing (oncology).  She currently works as part of the education and vocation team to provide educational and vocational support and assistance to young people living with cancer.


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.  He has over 10 years clinical experience in prescribing targeted exercise programs aimed at improving cancer patients’ outcomes through exercise.


Travis Hall
Exercise Physiologist


Stef Zappino
Music Therapist


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 state-wide education and training initiatives for healthcare professions working with young people.


Victoria Jayde RN, MHSci, MN, PhD

AYA Clinical Nurse Coordinator:  The Royal Hobart Hospital
Victoria has worked in oncology since 2002 with experience in clinical trials, research & outpatient care.  Her doctorate was based on the experience of cancer for patients and family members.  She commenced her role as Tasmanian Nurse Coordinator for adolescents and young adults in 2015 and is passionate about supporting and advocating for young people and their families throughout the cancer trajectory.

P: (03) 6166 8647


Tarnya Hotchkin
AYA Clinical Nurse Coordinator:  The Royal Children’s Hospital
Phone (03) 9345 6943


Vanessa Mayanja
Nurse Consultant


Victoria Dax
Research Assistant


Jessica Lawson
Project Support
Jessica has worked in project support and administration roles for the past 4 years.   Her current role involves being a central point of contact for the service and the welcoming of young people and their families to the Youth Cancer Centre at Peter Mac. She is responsible for supporting a number of team projects including data collection, government reporting and group programs.