Grace Gawler Qualifications Training and Experience

Grace Gawler – Qualifications, Training & Experience

Therapeutic director at the Grace Gawler Institute for cancer Survivorship and Research

Background – Mentored by Dr Daryl Sefton veterinary surgeon – Veterinary pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, surgical assistant and pathology including animal autopsies Working towards University to study Veterinary Science.

Aged 21, Grace became sole carer of a critically ill cancer patient with bone cancer (1974) who became an amputee. Given a poor prognosis, Grace developed an inquiring and compassionate standard of care

Following on from personal experience and noticing first-hand, huge gaps in the standard of care in terms of support for Patients and Carers, it was at this time, Grace pioneered Cancer support initiatives and Cancer Navigation Services.  The Cancer Council later adopted the support group models. (refer to Milestones). This experience forms the basis of Grace Gawler.

  1. 1979-86 Graduate of Dorothy Hall College, Sydney at distinction level – Botanical sciences, nutrition, differential diagnosis, counselling Dip. anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pathology, biological sciences. (QINS). Extra 2 years study anatomy and physiology

Lectures attended – Hilton Head Island South Carolina – USA National institute for the Clinical application of Behavioural Medicine (NICABM).

Post Workshop Training intensives attended– Hilton Head Island South Carolina – USA National institute for the Clinical application of Behavioural Medicine (NICABM).

               1992

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn PHD: Integrating Mindfulness into Behavioural Medicine (1)
  • Lawrence LeShan PhD: Author: Cancer as a Turning Point.  (1)
  • David Lee-MEd LSAC – therapeutic storytelling

1993

  • Dr Emmett Millar – visualisation methods to assist patients
  • Ernest Rossi PhD – The Psychobiology of Hypnotherapy (Ericksonian Hypnotherapy)
  • Ilana Rubenfeld – introduction to Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM TM)
  • Lawrence LeShan PhD: Author: Cancer as a Turning Point. Beyond technique: The Nature of Healing in a Therapeutic Relationship (2)

                         1994

  • Dr Emmett Millar – 2nd training: visualisation methods to assist patients
  • Ilana Rubenfeld Art of Self Care (2)
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn PHD. Integrating Mindfulness into Behavioural Medicine (2)
  • Lawrence LeShan PhD: Author: Cancer as a Turning Point. (3)
  • David Lee-MEd LSAC – therapeutic storytelling – use of metaphors to assist emotional, psychological and behavioural change.

                      1995

Commence 3 x year intensive training New York: with Dr Ilana Rubenfeld USA (RSM TM) – Body Psychotherapy for 2 years.  Incorporates Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, the work of F&L Perls (Germany), Gestalt, the neuropsychology, psychotherapy and other techniques to help patients integrate mind and body and deal with effects of trauma.

Further workshop/studies – David Lee MEd LSAC
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy – Therapeutic Language
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy – Therapeutic Language – Dr Rob McNeilly

Awards and special mentions:

  1. 1998 – In recognition of her unique contribution to breast cancer & women’s health Grace receives the inaugural Rotary International Jean Harris Award for services to Women’s Health–Australia & South Pacific Region
  2. Government: Invited member by the Hon Marie Tehan, Minister for Health (Vic) to join the new Ministerial Advisory Committee for Women’s Health Victorian Government Complementary Medicine (1996-9). Committee was chaired by Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, AC, DBE a former Australian politician who served as a Senator for Victoria from 1971 to 1987.

Medical:

  • 1997 The first complementary and Supportive care medicine practitioner to present a Grand Round Lecture – Austin Hospital, Melbourne
  • 2005 Invited to the advisory board of The International journal “Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice” – online (Elsevier Science Direct) and print media
  • Published the British Medical Associations “Holistic Health” Journal.
  • 2005 Birmingham UK – EuropeanAssociation for Cancer Education (EACE) Scientific Key Presentation – Research on a therapeutic breast cancer support group model
    2010 Published in Medical Journal of Australia on importance of accuracy of cancer stand reviewed in Australian Doctor.

Association: Member of the International Psycho-Oncology Society