Our Facilitators

Travis Hall

BEx&SpS, MClinExPhys

Travis holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Deakin University which he completed in 2016. He has been working at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre since 2017, with a strong passion for patient-centred care and integrating exercise medicine into cancer care for greater health outcomes. Travis has a particular interest in prehabilitation, adolescent and young adult patients and innovative digital healthcare.

Travis Hall

Suzanne Peyton

Suzanne Peyton

RN, BA, MPHC. GC Organizational Coaching

Mindfulness Educator (MBSR, MBCT, MSC)

An experienced mindfulness teacher and meditation devotee, Suzanne facilitates mindfulness workshops, group training programs and clinical supervision within organisations and healthcare settings through her consultancy, www.themindfulwell.com

Suzanne has a clinical background in palliative care nursing and regularly teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Cancer Stress at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre. She teaches Mindful Self-Compassion programs (MSC) through the Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness and facilitates Mindful Self-Compassion workshops at the Wellbeing Centre at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Pembe Sayar

Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training

Pembe is a passionate and dedicated Qualified Hatha Yoga Teacher, having completed her Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training at the Victorian Institute of Yoga Education and Teacher Training.

She has been practicing Hatha Yoga for 12 years and has 10 years’ teaching experience.

Pembe provides a free flowing, fluid style and balanced approach to her yoga classes, incorporating breathing techniques (pranayama), yoga postures (asana), and meditation/relaxation; encouraging self-awareness, connection of mind and body through movement with breath, and allowing space for students to rejuvenate their body, mind and spirit.

Pembe Sayer

Janet Etty-Leal

Janet Etty-Leal

BEd

Janet is an author, speaker and Mindfulness Educator. Her work has pioneered programs in creative Mindful Education across Australia and overseas. With a focus on bring Mindfulness to life in Education, her creative Mindful Meditation programs have enhanced curriculum for thousands of students from kindergartens to Year 12. She has been the Mindfulness Consultant for Geelong Grammar School for more than 11 years and facilitated staff training, parent information sessions and classes for students in Government, private and special schools, and educational organisations.

Janet is Secretary of the Board of the Meditation Association of Australia and a member of the ‘Confluence’ Committee with the University of Divinity, which aims to promote dialogue between Meditation traditions.

www.meditationcapsules.com

Professor Steve Ellen

MB, BS. M.Med(psych). M.D. FRANZCP

Steve is Professor of psychiatry at Melbourne University. For more than 15 years, he was head of the Consultation, Liaison and Emergency Psychiatry Service at Alfred Health before moving to become the Director of the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.  Steve is passionate about health communication and aims to spread the word about good mental health.

He co-authored the go-to general public guide for mental health ’Mental: Everything you never knew you needed to know about Mental Health‘ and the pocket guide to psychiatry for students ’Psych Lite – Psychiatry that’s easy to read’.

www.steveellen.com

Professor Steve Ellen

Dr Oliver Holmes

Dr Oliver Holmes

Psychologist, BSc Psychology, Grad Dip Psychology, PhD Clinical Psychology

Dr Oliver Holmes is a Psychologist experienced with individual, group and online evidence-based psychological interventions for a broad range of issues. These include stress, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, psychosis, anger and aggression, and health and existential concerns.

He has worked at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for several years to help people with cancer and their families adjust to the emotional and psychological challenges of cancer. He has taught university psychology and counselling, and is a practiced clinical researcher having experience in large projects such as pharmacology trials and investigations into the psychological impacts of worldview beliefs.

Geraldine McDonald

RN, BSc Nursing, Grad Dip Women’s Health , MPH

Geraldine is the Director of Prevention and Wellbeing at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Drawing on her experience as a health practitioner within government and health services, she is passionate about ensuring patients and carers have the tools to be active partners in their care, experience the best possible patient experience and achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes through principles patient-centred care.

In 2017, Geraldine was awarded the prestigious Jack Brockoff Churchill Fellowship to study the role of Patient Navigation in Cancer Care in the United States and United Kingdom. In 2019, she was a winner in the ProBono Australia 25 Impact Award recognising people of influence for their work in social services sector.

Geraldine McDonald