Our Team

Nursing Staff

Christian SteinerChristian
Director of Nursing

Completing my Degree in Nursing in Austria at the Karls Franzens Universitaetsklinik Graz in 2013, I started my application process for a working visa in Australia. During this time I was working in the province of Styria as a community nurse with the focus on holistic care provision in the home setting. I was granted a working visa in May 2014 and commenced work at the Royal North Shore Hospital on the inpatient Oncology Ward as a registered nurse. During my 7 years of employment at the RNSH, I was able to work as an acting Nursing Unit Manager, acting Nurse Educator and was the head of the Patient and Nursing Services for 6 months, managing the casual pool and agency pool of the Royal North Shore Hospital. I improved my knowledge and skills as an Oncology Nurse through the certificate of Oncology at the College of Nursing and left the public system in June 2011 to start working as the Nursing Unit Manager at the Northern Cancer Institute Frenchs Forest. After 2 years I transferred to the St Leonards clinic where I am now working together with my team on providing a safe and efficient service to our patients and their loved ones.

Lisa HollandLisa
Nurse Unit Manager, Frenchs Forest

Lisa graduated from UTS with Bachelor Nursing in 1989, initially working at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital and then Boston USA.On returning to Australia, she completed a certificate in Oncology and worked as CNS and Educator in Oncology Services at the Sydney's Mater Hospital. She joined NCI in 2010 and has worked at Frenchs Forest and St Leonards Clinics as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Lisa has always had a special interest in patient and nursing education ."I love working at NCI, being well resourced enables staff to provide individualised attention and excellent care."

Lisa PetersenLisa Petersen
Nursing Unit Manager

After obtaining her Diploma Applied Science (Nursing) at University of Newcastle in 1990, Lisa commenced her career in medical/surgical oncology at Sydney’s St. Vincents Hospital. Over the next 5 years Lisa completed Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care at Australian Catholic University and Chemotherapy Nursing Practice through NSW College of Nursing. In 1996 Lisa began working at The Mater Hospital North Sydney where over the next 10 years worked in medical/surgical oncology, outpatient chemotherapy setting before finally as the Nurse Manager of the medical/surgical floor. In 2008 Lisa joined Terumo BCT as National Clinical Manager, responsible for coordinating and providing educational support for blood component technologies throughout Australia, before returning to clinical nursing and joining NCI in October 2016.

Lisa HannabyLisa
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Lisa Hannaby graduated from Kuringai-gai College with a Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) in 1987. She returned to university a few years later and completed her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Technology. She gained experience in both the Medical and Surgical settings whilst working at both Mona Vale and Royal North Shore Hospitals. She commenced working at the Mater Hospital in 2005 following 5 years working in an IVF Clinic. She had worked on a Medical/Surgical/Oncology Ward before commencing work in the Outpatients Chemotherapy Unit in 2007. She joined the Northern Cancer Institute in May 2013 where she currently work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a special interest in Breast Cancer.

Debra SykesDebra Sykes
Clinical Nurse Specialist

I have been nursing since 1978 after receiving my certificate of nursing through The Sydney Hospital and St Lukes Hospital here in Sydney.  I gained experience in a variety of hospitals and settings before returning later in life to attend the University of New England as a distance education student studying various subjects towards the nursing degree.

After working for many years at the Mater hospital in Sydney in ambulatory chemotherapy I moved to the Northern Cancer Institute where I have worked now for 4 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Alicia AdamsAlicia Adams
Clinical Nurse Specialist

I graduated from the University of Western Sydney Nepean in 2000 with a Bachelor of Nursing. I worked at the Mater Hospital for 11 years in a Medical/Surgical/Oncology Ward looking after patients receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy, patients having surgery for all types of cancers and also some palliative care. During this time, I completed my Graduate Certificate in Oncology Nursing. I started at the Northern Cancer Institute in January 2012.

Nathalie PelarinNathalie Pelarin
Registered Nurse

I graduated from the Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital College of Nursing in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2009 with a Bachelor of Nursing. I worked for 3 years in the hospital from which I graduated, gaining experience in the specialities of paediatrics and medical-surgical nursing.   I then moved to the hospital’s Outpatient and Infusion Centre where I worked for 8 months providing care to patients undergoing treatment with chemotherapy and biological therapies.  In January 2012 I moved to Australia where I undertook the bridging program for Overseas Qualified Nurses at the College of Nursing, Sydney.  I then gained my Australian Nursing Registration and joined the Northern Cancer Institute, St Leonards where I currently work as a Registered Nurse.

Karen HansenKaren Hansen
Clinical Nurse Specialist

I graduated from the Hawkes Bay School of Nursing, Napier, New Zealand in 1982. I then spent 3 years living in London working in General Medical and Surgical Wards and travelling. In 1987 I came to Australia where a serendipitous placement in Oncology/Haematology at the Royal North Shore Public Hospital was the start of my oncology career. I have completed the Graduate Certificate in Oncology at the NSW College of Nursing. I spent 5 years at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as a CNS in Haematology administering chemotherapy in both the inpatient and outpatient settings including to people undergoing Bone Marrow Transplantation. I have been a CNS at the Northern Cancer Institute since 2003 and have had the privilege of caring for many patients and their families. The Oncology area remains an interesting, ever changing specialty and it has been especially gratifying to witness the improvements in delivery of chemotherapy to people undergoing treatment for cancer.

Paula MottleePaula Mottlee
Clinical Nurse Specialist

I began nursing in 1989 after graduating from the University of Wollongong – Diploma of Applied Science in nursing. I commenced working at the Royal Prince Alfred hospital in oncology and also continued my education with a graduate certificate in oncology. I furthered my education through the New England University with a Bachelor in Nursing. I have travelled extensively during my nursing career working in different areas of oncology in the U.K., Canada, Brunei Darussalam, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. I was a commission member of a team setting up a palliative care unit in Abu Dhabi with the Sheikh Khalifa hospital. I began working at the Mater Hospital Chemotherapy unit, The Patricia Richie Centre, as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2005 and transferred to the Northern Cancer Institute in September 2013 as a CNS.

Simone LyeSimone Lye
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Simone completed general training at The Nursing Education Centre (Teaching hospitals for University of New South Wales) in 1973. She then completed her Graduate Certificate in Intensive Therapy Nursing in 1976 and later Graduate Certificate in Oncology Nursing in 1979. She have many years of experience in both these specialities here in Sydney and in London. She joined the Northern Cancer Institute in Frenchs Forest beginning of 2011 and currently employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She have a special interest in Haematology.

Robyn MacMillanRobyn MacMillan
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Robyn is a full-time nurse with NCI FF, previously at the Northern Cancer Centre RNSH for 6 years.  She was employed earlier in Royal North Shore Hospital in the endocrine outputs department 1993 - 2000.  She had a sea change in 2000, and transitioned to South West Rocks and worked as a NUM for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service for Kempsey- Port Macquarie areas.  Earlier years were spent in General Practice, as a school nurse, registered nurse in Campbell Town hospital and practice manager in Oncology at Wollongong, which led her to Oncology nursing in the New Care Centre in Wollongong. She says  I am very happy in my new position and look forward to many years in this environment looking after oncology and haematology patients.

Jackie HunterJackie Hunter
Registered Nurse

About three years ago, Jackie came for a long holiday to Australia, which soon transformed into permanent residency. She travelled extensively in Australia and soon was lucky enough to realise her ambition for a career change to Oncology, when she began working at NCIFF from February 2015. Jackie brings with her over three decades of experience as a nurse in United Kingdom, where she was involved in management of chronic disease clinics. She states “ The staff at NCIFF made me feel very welcome …and have really made me feel part of a lovely team”. She attended a “Look good, feel better” workshop, and she will use the knowledge and skills to benefit her patients.

Winnie WongWinnie Wong
Registered Nurse

Winnie graduated from the University of Western Sydney at Parramatta in 2009 with a Bachelor of Nursing and  gained experience in ICU, Medical,  Surgical and Oncology Nursing at Orange Base Hospital and the Royal North Shore Hospital. She completed her Graduate Certificate in Oncology Nursing and Palliative care certificate in 2013. She started at the Northern Cancer Institute in 2011.