Our Team

Meet the Family Service team

Manager & Senior Counsellor (Clinical & Health Psychologist) - Family Service
B.Hlth Science Hons (Pub Hlth & Psych) and M. Psych (Health), MAPS

Anna, began working at the Childhood Cancer Association in 2010, and is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Manager of the Family Service Team. She is responsible for delivering our key support services to families, including counselling, and managing the Family Service Team and Volunteers. She also provides supervision to Psychology Registrars and Interns.

Anna has extensive experience working with children with cancer and their families. She utilizes evidence based techniques including but not limited to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to assist families to manage a cancer diagnosis within the family, including throughout treatment and beyond and any grief and loss issues that might result. She also has a strong background providing case management services and developing individualised early intervention programs for children with children with Autism and Developmental Delay and their families. She also brings important experience as a Research Assistant at the University of Adelaide in the area of cancer research.

Anna is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. Anna is also a board approved supervisor through the Psychology Board of Australia and is an Affiliate Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide.

Senior Counsellor (Psychologist)- Family Service
BHons (Counselling Psych), MA (Social Anthropology), Dip. (Integrated Therapeutic Counselling), MAPS

Chris, began working at the Childhood Cancer Association in 2013, and is the Senior Counsellor (Psychologist). He is responsible for delivering counselling and support services to children with cancer and their families. Utilising evidence based practice, he assists families to manage the changes and processes they may face when a family member is diagnosed with cancer and also any resulting grief and loss issues.

Chris has extensive experience working with individuals with cancer and other physical health conditions and their families having previously worked in oncology and psychosomatic clinics overseas. He has a background in family and grief therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other evidence based methodologies, as well as training and experience in conflict resolution and effective communication. Chris has supervised volunteers in crises regions and coordinated humanitarian research in South-East Asia.

Chris is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Counsellor (Psychologist)- Family Service
BBehavSc, BNg (GradEntry), BPsychSc (Hons), MPsych (Health), MAPS

As a Counsellor (Psychologist) at the Childhood Cancer Association, Stella is responsible for delivering the range of services offered by the Family Service team, providing both practical and psychological support for families throughout all stages of the childhood cancer experience.

Stella has completed a Master of Health Psychology at the University of Adelaide. She is registered as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Health Psychologists.

Throughout her university studies, Stella has maintained a strong focus on the adjustment to chronic health issues in families, including both research and practical experience. She has a particular interest in childhood cancer, and for her Master’s thesis conducted research exploring families’ perspectives of an Oncology Education Program. Stella also brings with her a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience gained whilst working as a Registered Nurse, including an in-depth understanding of the impact of chronic and acute health issues and their treatments, and an insight into the experiences of families within the health care system.

Stella is passionate about using evidence based practice to work in partnership with families, supporting their adjustment to the changes and challenges that a diagnosis of childhood cancer may bring.

Administration and Accommodation Coordinator - Family Service

Contact Details

Access to the Family Service team and counselling services are available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (closed on Public Holidays)*.

During business hours we can be contacted on (08) 8239 2211 or via the Contact Us page.

*Please note that the Family Service team is not an out of hour's service. If you are in need of emergency or crisis care services please contact one of the following:

  • Women's & Children's Hospital: (08) 8161 7000
  • Mental Health Triage Service (formerly Assessment & Crisis Intervention Service (ACIS)): 131 465
  • Lifeline: 131 144
  • Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800
  • Or present to your closest Hospital Emergency Department

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