Meet the team

Dr. Rachel Hughes

Lead Clinician

Dr Rachel Hughes is the Lead Clinician for the WesternAustralia Youth Cancer Service. Rachel is a palliative care physician who also is a qualified general practitioner and rural generalist, with qualifications in adolescent health and welfare. Rachel’s background experience includes hospital-based general medicine, primary care, retrieval medicine and palliative care. Rachel was the inaugural fellow in Adolescent and Young Adult palliative medicine at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

 

Meg Plaster

Service Manager & Cancer Nurse Coordinator

Meg is a registered nurse with a background in adult haematology and bone marrow transplant nursing in Australia and the UK, where she worked in a Teenage Cancer Trust unit for young people with cancer in London in the 1990s. She has since worked in paediatric oncology in Perth as the Clinical Nurse Manager at Princess Margaret Hospital oncology unit, and in 2006 she became the first dedicated Cancer Nurse Coordinator for Adolescents & Young Adults with Cancer in Australia.

Meg has since led the development of AYA cancer services in WA, culminating in the integrated multidisciplinary service that is now the WA YCS.

Ph: 0400 021 874

Email:  ayaccs@health.wa.gov.au

 

Kendall Stratton

Cancer Nurse Specialist

Kendall has been a Cancer Nurse Specialist with the WA Youth Cancer service since 2011, with a professional background in paediatric & adolescent oncology, haematology and bone marrow transplant nursing, and has worked in hospital and community services. Kendall has a special interest in post treatment issues and over the past three years has been the project manager on a cancer survivorship research project through Notre Dame University.

Ph: 0467 723 629

Email:  ayaccs@health.wa.gov.au

 

Daniel Berk

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Daniel joined the Youth Cancer Service team as a cancer nurse specialist in October 2015. Daniel’s professional background is in haematology, oncology and community cancer nursing and he has worked within each of Western Australia’s tertiary hospitals. Prior to joining the WA YCS team, he worked as a clinical nurse in haematology, specialising in chemotherapy treatment, apheresis procedures and autologous stem cell transplantation. Daniel has a particular interest in fertility issues for young people undergoing cancer treatment.

Ph: 0417 114 383

Email:  ayaccs@health.wa.gov.au

 

Claire Munsie

Senior Exercise Physiologist

Claire is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, with a background in oncology and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. She completed her Masters of Exercise Physiology, investigating the long term functional deficits in sarcoma survivors, and then joined the YCS team in mid 2015. Claire is a keen motivator and enjoys taking an active role in supporting patients through illness or post-operative surgical recovery.

Ph: 0466 342 916

Email:  ayaccs@health.wa.gov.au

 

Julie Sparrow

Youth Counsellor

Julie commenced working as a Counsellor with the WA YCS team in 2015. She has a background in social work and completed her Master of Counselling degree at Murdoch University. Julie is currently studying for a specialist qualification in adolescent health in the oncology field. She enjoys helping young people and their families connect with their resilience and strengths, even in very difficult circumstances.

Ph: 08 6383 3416

Email: ayaccs@health.wa.gov.au

 

Lachlan Denning

Youth Development Officer

Lachlan has 8 years of experience working with young people in a variety of settings, including schools, community and leadership groups. He joined the WA Youth Cancer Service in 2017 as the Youth Development Officer, a role that focuses on assessment and support in assisting young people access the services they need and participate in peer-based, resilience-building programs. He also supports the Youth Cancer Advisory Committee of WA. Lachlan has qualifications in Psychology and Sociology from ECU and Murdoch University.

Ph: 0467 724 929

Email:  ayaccs@health.wa.gov.au