Breast Cancer Research Centre - WA

Our Breast Cancer Specific Personnel

Mary Scott
BA (Hons) MPsych (Clin) MAPS MACPA
Clinical Psychologist
AHPRA registration: PSY0001577911

Mary has specialised in psychological support for people with breast cancer since 2000.  She brings experience as a supervisor and senior clinician at Royal Perth and Fiona Stanley Hospital Breast Clinics.  Her early career was in community mental health.

A supportive, respectful and collaborative professional relationship is the foundation of Mary’s practice.  She assists people to manage understandable emotional distress and to learn constructive skills to address the impact of serious illness.

Mary draws on a range of evidence-based psychological therapies. She is also informed by the wisdom of hundreds of past clients affected by breast cancer.  Areas of special interest include hot flushes, anxiety including the fear of cancer recurrence/spread, mortality issues and the interaction between health systems and people who seek unconventional treatments.

Francoise Ballantyne
BA (Hons) MPsych (Clinical & Health) MACPA
Clinical Psychologist
AHPRA registration: PSY0001578429

Francoise began her psychology career working with children and families in both community health services and private practice settings. Supporting the relationship and emotional needs of people within the context of the family has been her area of speciality for the past 20 years. Building on her Masters research in the area of resilience, Francoise’s approach focuses on helping strengthen people’s coping strategies, interpersonal skills and importantly their sense of self and well-being.

More recently, over the past five years, Francoise’s focus has been primarily women’s health working as the Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Women’s, Children’s and Newborn service in a tertiary hospital. Her focus has been on supporting women with emotional distress and challenges, related to health and major life events, which can be experienced as traumatic and overwhelming. Francoise assists women to focus on both their important (often neglected) emotional needs, and in turn, that of their loved ones who are often foremost in their minds. Francoise works collaboratively with the team, to ensure a wholistic model of care, offering individual therapy, group programs, and seminars to improve well-being and reduce distress.

Cath Griffiths
Early Breast Care Nurse (EBC)

Cath trained as a registered nurse in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1983.  After Cath completing her training, she worked at Taranaki Base Hospital for 3 years before heading overseas.

Arriving in Perth, Cath worked in a Government facility before starting work at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in the Oncology Ward in 1988 before moving to the Mount Hospital in 1994 where she began working on the Medical and Oncology ward. During this time she completed her Degree in Nursing from Edith Cowan University (ECU) Churchlands in 1998.

Cath took a position as Clinical Nurse in the Day Oncology Unit at the Mount Hospital where she saw the clinic develop from a small unit to a big and busy unit, assisting in the development of the current Day Oncology Unit.  With an interest in breast cancer, Cath then did a Postgraduate Certificate Breast Cancer Nursing, taking the position of the Specialist Breast Nurse and still working in the day Oncology Unit.

Cath now plays an integral role at BCRC-WA as a specialist Early Breast Nurse supporting patients, Breast Surgeons and Medical Oncologists.

Amanda Goddard
Advanced Breast Care Nurse (MBC)

Amanda graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 with an Advanced Diploma in Adult Nursing Studies. She subsequently obtained her BA (Hons) in Professional Practice in 2011.

Following graduating as a registered nurse in the UK, Amanda worked on the Medical Admission Unit (MAU) where she gained knowledge and expertise in the management and treatment of patients with acute and chronic medical conditions. Since emigrating to Perth, Western Australia in 2011, Amanda has worked at the Mount Hospital and in the Cancer Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital, where she furthered her knowledge in medical oncology. Throughout her nursing career, Amanda has always had a strong commitment to breast cancer care. Amanda is currently working as the Advanced Breast Care Nurse (ABCN) at BCRC-WA and since starting there in 2018, she has successfully completed a post graduate certificate in Breast Care Nursing at the Australian College of Nursing.

Amanda’s role positively impacts the lives of patients and their loved ones living with metastatic breast cancer. Amanda provides patients with treatment education, co-ordinates their care between different specialities and is a point of contact in a time of need.

Bhavya Vora
(MHGSA) MSc (Hons) Genetic Counselling, MSc Medical Genetics
Associate Genetic Counsellor

Bhavya is an associate genetic counsellor with years of experience in hereditary cancer genetics, which is his area of specialisation. He is a member of the Human Genetic Society of Australasia (HGSA) and also a committee member of the WA branch of the HGSA. He currently conducts regular clinics in public health at Genetic Services of Western Australia. He also coordinates genetic clinics in Bunbury, where he counsels individuals and families for non-cancer related genetic conditions as well. His bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and master’s degree in medical genetics provide him with an in-depth understanding of genetics and the associated testing methods. His second master’s degree in genetic counselling enables him to discuss medical and psychosocial aspects of genetic testing.

Bhavya’s experience working overseas in Scotland, India, New Zealand, and locally in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane has provided him with a sound understanding of multi-ethnic clientele needs. He is sensitive to, and respectful of, everyone’s religious and cultural views. His ability to speak English and many Indian dialects allows him to build a good rapport with his clients.

Bhavya uses analogies to explain the complex nature of genetics. This offers a comprehensive understanding of genetic testing process to his clients diagnosed with cancer and/or those with a family history. He creates a supportive environment working in partnership with his clients to help them make appropriate decisions regarding their options for genetic testing. There are various appointment options available for his clients, including a face to face, video call or a telephone session.