Wellac Lifestyle was the result of a decade long dream of Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko. Wellac Lifestyle commenced as the first evidence-based multidisciplinary cancer survivorship and general wellness centre of its kind In Australia. It has been refined into a specialised medical wellness service, incorporating an extensive medical and allied health professional network.
Dr Elysia is a Specialist General Practitioner/Family Physician with past training and experience in a variety of clinical areas inclusive of oncology. She is very passionate about the field of "Cancer Survivorship" in addition to General Health and "Wellness".
Dr Elysia is currently involved in related research both for adults and childhood survivors. After receiving an RACGP/PC4 Grant, Dr Elysia along with an experienced research team from the University of NSW and the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship, completed a pilot study for adult cancer survivors, having formulated a novel triage tool to risk stratify cancer survivors for optimal follow-up care. Dr Elysia is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Harry McPaul Cancer Council NSW Program Grant and a Multidisciplinary Review Board Member for the Re-Engage Study for childhood cancer survivors, run out of the Behavioural Sciences Unit of the Kid's Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick. She is a content advisor for the NSW Cancer Institute Fact Sheets for GPs. Additionally, Dr Elysia is a Cancer and Palliative Care and Breast Medicine Network member of the RACGP National Faculty of Special Interests in addition to being a member of The Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4). She is a member of the implementation working group for the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) Position Statement on Exercise in Cancer Care, a member of the COSA Exercise and Cancer Group as well as a member of the COSA Nutrition Group.
Having been an elite athlete and top ranked Australian Junior and American College Tennis player, Dr Elysia understands and values health and wellness. Holistic Wellness is vital to happiness and quality of life, no matter one's age, gender or medical history. Furthermore, there is a growing body of evidence supporting the benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyle not only in cancer and disease prevention, yet also for the prevention of cancer recurrence, and for lessening the side effects of some cancer and other medical treatments.
It is the combination of the above, along with Dr Elysia's passion that has led to the formation of Wellac Lifestyle. The hope and overall aim is that Wellac Lifestyle will play a role in the improved quality of life and wellness in cancer survivors, along with their families and loved ones. For those without a relationship to cancer, Dr Elysia hopes Wellac Lifestyle can support an optimal lifestyle, support health and performance achievements and ultimately lead to Wellness and Contented Living.
Welcome to the Wellac Lifestyle family!