Dr. Ivy Bullen

Dr Bullen graduated in medicine in 1971 from the University of WA. In 1972 and 1973 she worked as a Resident Medical Officer at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and in 1974 became a Registrar in Respiratory Medicine at that same hospital. In 1975 she commenced her own General Practice in Wembley Downs.

In 1976 she felt it important to incorporate obstetrics into her General practice, and so decided to train for the Diploma in Obstetrics through the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. To do this meant taking up a full time position at King Edward Memorial Hospital for twelve months.

Because she did not want to abandon her own practice, she would do sessions every evening – often until midnight, using a locum to work for her in the mornings. Subsequently, she spent many enjoyable years incorporating obstetrics into her General Practice.

In 1989 Dr. Bullen felt that there was a huge need in the community for more support for cancer patients and their families, and subsequently founded Balya Cancer Self Help and Wellness, which would give support, education encouragement and hope to these people in a ‘time out’ Retreat situation.

Over the years she became more and more interested in nutrition and the environment in relation to disease, and the prevention of disease, and then in '97 became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. For many years she was a Board Member of the Melbourne based College and also its West Australian representative.

In November '98 Dr. Bullen was honoured by the Scarborough Beach Rotary Club to receive the;

Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship for Contribution to the Community.

In the 2005 Australian Of The Year Awards she was awarded

"The West Australian Hero Metropolitan",

In June 2005 she was presented with the

2005 "Citizen Of The Year" award for community service.

As well as being a General Practitioner, she is administrator of the Balya Retreats and Chairperson of Balya's Management Committee. Her long term goal and dream has been to build a permanent self help and wellness Retreat facility for cancer patients and their families on Balya's 53 acres of beautiful land in Gidgegannup.

Stage 1 has now happened and has been in use since 2004. Building will be ongoing until complete.

As well as having conducted Retreats in rented premises from 1989 to 2004, Dr. Bullen and Dr. Han have conducted Optimum Health Days for the general public. With the new Retreat Centre, it is now possible to conduct weekend Optimum Health Retreats with a focus on preventative strategies to achieve and maintain optimum health in the community.


Dr Jason Han, PhD, MSc, MAPS

Dr Jason Han has been a practising psychologist for more than 30 years. He has qualifications in Anatomy, Neuropsychology and Motivational psychology. His practice in Perth, Western Australia, provides counselling for the general public, although cancer patients form a large part of his clientel.

Dr Han also offers seminars in all key areas of human performance.

Dr Han spent 10 years in research in the area of cognitive psychology, focusing on achievement motivation.

He has taught in university departments of psychology, education and anatomy and published in journals of Psychology, Brain Research and Pathology. He has also written articles for local newspapers.

Such a background has equipped him well with the expertise to provide motivational programmes to help cancer patients deal with stress, make attitudinal changes and view life from a more optimistic and realistic perspective.

He is the author of "A Positive Mind" and "The Ultimate Lesson"


Medical Psychological Counsellors/Facilitators: 
Dr. Jason Han (Psychologist), PhD, MSc, MAPS

Other Facilitators:

Margaret Ferguson

Noel Mary O'Connell

and others as required.