Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visits Royal North Shore Hospital
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 12:28
Maxine McKew, Federal Member for Bennelong “I recently inspected the new PET scanner at Royal North Shore Hospital with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. This scanner is a great boost for cancer treatment for our area, making a difference in diagnosis and patient treatment. Originally requested in 1997, the Rudd Government has delivered this important piece of medical technology. I am delighted that my interest in this project has helped produce results.”
Changes to the Medicare items for radiation oncology treatment verification
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 17:47
Please see below is a letter from the Director of Radiation Oncology Section of the Department of Health and Ageing, Mr Abel MacDonald, regarding changes to the Medicare items for radiation oncology treatment verification from 1 May 2010.
Call for Volunteers: Mentoring of Philippine Supervisors of ROMP Residents.
Friday, 23 April 2010 09:31
APSIG is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) from ROMPs willing to mentor supervisors of residents (registrars) enrolled in the RCA/IAEA ROMP clinical training program in the Philippines. The workload should be quite minor with communication with the Philippine supervisors being by email.
If willing to participate then please forward your EoI by 7 May to Brian Thomas (
) indicating number of years of experience as a ROMP, current position, experience as a supervisor of TEAP registrars and any other TEAP involvement.
(23rd May, 2010)
APESM journal now available through HINARI
Friday, 23 April 2010 08:55
Since our journal is now available online, it has also been added to the HINARI database. This database, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables eligible developing countries to gain access to a large of biomedical and health literature. For further information, see
The Regional Multi-site Clinical Trials Capacity Building Network
Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:13
Cancer Australia established the Regional Multi-site Clinical Trials Capacity Building Network in 2009. The purpose of this initiative is to increase the capacity of regional centres to activate and recruit to trials conducted by the Multi-site Collaborative National Cancer Clinical Trials Groups, and thereby increasing access to high-quality trials to patients in regional Australia.
Applications are now open for new regional centres to join the Regional Multi-site Clinical Trials Capacity Building Network in 2010.
Together with the Victorian Cancer Agency, Cancer Australia is calling for applications from regional centres to join this initiative. Funding will be available to provide the person support required for the conduct of, and recruitment to, cancer clinical trials nominated by the Multi-site Collaborative National Cancer Clinical Trials Groups.
As you may be aware, the Lae Cancer Centre, Papua New Guinea reopened in May 2009 and has been supported by physicists and radiation therapists from Australia. A report has been written updating the situation at the centre. It can be found at www.acpsem.org.au (Home>Governance>Asia Pacific>Documents). You need to be logged in to download this document.
We recently advertised for a volunteer radiation oncology medical physicist to support the centre's development and to provide training to treatment and technical staff. This post has not yet been filled, and is still available as a great opportunity for physicists of any level. See attached Expression of Interest for further details.
(2nd April, 2010)
The ARPANSA Medical Code is now part of the National Directory for Radiation Protection (NDRP) December 2009
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 09:42
TheARPANSA publication RPS14, Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in the Medical Applications of Ionizing Radiation (2008), usually referred to as the Medical Code, has been added to Schedule 11 of RPS6, the National Directory for Radiation Protection. All Codes and Standards referenced in Schedule 11 must be adopted within the regulatory framework of each State and Territory in Australia.
Edition 1 of the National Directory for Radiation Protection was developed by the Radiation Health Committee and published in August 2004. It was subsequently endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers' Conference (AHMC) as the uniform national framework for radiation protection in Australia.
Following publication of Edition 1, the Radiation Health Committee agreed that further progression of the Directory would be by individual amendments, and that the consolidated version of the Directory would be maintained as an electronic document via ARPANSA's website. The current Directory includes the first three amendments since Edition 1, which were agreed by the Radiation Health Committee during 2008 and were endorsed by Ministers in December 2009.
ACPSEM is committed to making it easier for its members to keep up to date with the latest announcements, education opportunities and job information. With this in mind ACPSEM can now be found on both Facebook and Twitter. This allows members to network with each other, share experiences on the discussion boards and upload photos and video. Please take a moment have a look at these new ways to stay connected and feel free to contribute to our online community.
The Australian Government has requested a detailed review of diagnostic imaging funding arrangements to ensure that the Government is paying the right amount to support access for patients to quality diagnostic imaging services. As part of the review the Department of Health and Ageing will be seeking to gather information about how current arrangements operate in practice and to invite stakeholders to propose options for the future sustainability for diagnostic imaging services.
The ACPSEM is seeking comments as part of a planned ACPSEM submission to the Medical Benefits Reviews Task Group as part of their Diagnostic Imaging Review.
If you are interested in participating then please forward your comments to either the Nuclear Medicine Specialty Chair - Richard Smart
or the Radiology Specialty Chair - Luke Wilkinson
by 31 March so that we can collate and prepare a submission.
Members can obviously make an individual submission if they so wish. Submissions need to be in to DoHA by 30 April.
The aim of the discussion paper is to guide consultation and discussion by providing an overview of some of the issues identified in respect of the current funding arrangements and to help identify possible alternative options for consideration. Stakeholders are invited to provide written submissions in response to the paper by 30 April 2010. Submissions received will be made publicly available unless confidentiality is specifically requested and justified. Stakeholders are welcome to address all, or selected, issues raised in this discussion paper. Submissions made to the 2008 strategic review of diagnostic imaging will be taken into consideration. Submissions should be addressed to:
Diagnostic Imaging Review
Medical Benefits Reviews Task Group
Department of Health and Ageing
GPO Box 9848
CANBERRA ACT 2601
The first discussion paper along with the full terms of reference for the review can also be found on the Medical Benefits Reviews Taskgroup Website: http://www.health.gov.au/mbrtg
Should you have any queries on this review please contact the Medical Benefits Reviews Task Group via email at:
Supporting Radiation Oncology in South East Asia: Session at CSM2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009 10:14
For those attending the RANZCR/AIR/FRO/ACPSEM Combined Scientific Meeting next week (Brisbane, 22nd-25th October, 2009), don’t miss the session entitled, “Supporting Radiation Oncology in South East Asia” from 10:30-12:30 on Friday 23rd October. The program for the session is as follows:
Supporting Radiation Oncology in South East Asia: An Overview; Graeme Morgan IAEA activities in the development of clinical medical physicist training for Radiation Oncology in South East Asia; Donald McLean Educational and Clinical Training of Medical Physicists in Vietnam; Brian Thomas ACPSEM Asia Pacific Special Interest Group; Tomas Kron and Catherine Lawford Up and Running: Radiotherapy Commissioning in Lae, Papua New Guinea; Simon Downes Supporting Radiotherapy in SE Asia – Training the Trainers; Mary Coffey Supporting Radiation Oncology in South East Asia: Radiation Therapy Technologist (RTT) Training in Vietnam; Jennifer Cox Back to the Future: Radiation Therapy in Papua New Guinea – A Radiation Therapists Prospective; Christopher Walsh Distance Learning in the Applied Sciences of Oncology; Michael Barton Discussion
(15th October, 2009)
Medical physics aspects of cancer care in the Asia Pacific Region
Monday, 17 August 2009 13:26
For those who missed it in late 2008, Tomas Kron et al. published a paper entitled, “Medical physics aspects of cancer care in the Asia Pacific Region”. The paper reports on a questionnaire sent out to 20 medical physics departments in the region, to determine the education, role and status of medical physicists in the Asia-Pacific region. The results provide useful data for workforce planning and training development for medical physicists in the region. The paper is published in a special focus issue of the freely available Biomedical Imaging and Intervention Journal, entitled “Frontiers of Cancer Care in Asia-Pacific Region”.
In response to the release of the Health and Hospitals Reform Commission final report - A healthier future for all Australians, the Department has set up a new website -- yourHealth.gov.au to further inform the public and key stakeholders and to seek feedback and comment on the report and the consultation process.
We encourage you to visit the site www.yourHealth.gov.au
Welcome from the President
Friday, 24 July 2009 15:49
Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome…
Welcome to the new webpage of the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine. It has been a long time coming and the process has highlighted the increasing complexity of our organization with branches, specialties, committees, TEAP, CPD, not to mention all the databases of members, accreditations and registrations. There is a need for public access to some information and members access to more.
I would like to invite you to explore the page for yourself and please provide us with feedback at
Nothing is perfect. The webpage ain’t cabaret, but hopefully will be informative, useful and possibly even a bit entertaining.
Many happy returns
Health Minister's Media Release
Thursday, 09 July 2009 18:50
Support for People Living with Cancer
From July 1 2009people living with cancer in Australia will be better able to access a range of treatments, medicines and support. The Hon. Nicola Roxon MP, the Australian Minister for Health and Ageing, announced today that a new Medicare rebate was available for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. She also announce better access to the drug bevacizumab, new PET services and over $6 million (over three years) to support the training of radiation oncology medical physicist registrars. Medical physics is a specialised field and these professionals are responsible for the set up, maintenance and calibration of linear accelerators, the machines used to provide radiation treatment for cancer patients. One aspect of this funding is to enable the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) to provide oncology centres with education resources and conduct extra accreditation examinations. For more details see the full press release as follows: Support for People with Cancer full article (PDF)
Funding Support for Training
Monday, 06 July 2009 14:34
I am delighted to inform all members that the ACPSEM has been successful in attracting funding from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) for another three years for the Radiation Oncology Training Education and Accreditation Program (TEAP). Just in time for the end of the financial year we have signed the contract! This is an exciting development with the acronym RO - STAMP (Radiation Oncology - Strengthening Australian Medical Physics).
The project has four components:
Support of RO TEAP.
Creation of an education unit within ACPSEM to support the Radiation Oncology workforce. This is the really cool one. We are funded for 2.25 positions from October onwards to provide educational support for medical physics registrars, supervisors ("train the trainer") and radiation oncology medical physicists (ROMPs) in the workforce(continuing professional development). The aim is to maintain a sustainable well-trained (and registered) workforce.
Development of accreditation procedures for non-TEAP members of the workforce. While the "old" accreditation program is finally running out in 2010, there is a need to accredit colleagues who join our workforce from overseas.
Activities to enhance the professional standing of medical physicists - eg through a national register that is accepted by governments as the prerequisite to work as an independent professional.
There is a lot of additional background information that we will try to disseminate over the next couple of weeks. We have to develop a detailed project plan over the next 5 to 6 weeks and submit it to DoHA. I am hoping to have a session at the upcoming EPSM conference where we can discuss the implications of this contract for all ACPSEM members. I would like to finish by thanking Steve Howlett and Carol James who have spent a lot of time putting together the proposal and staff of DoHA for their support and willingness to discuss the project with us over the last weeks.
Best wishes (and we are working on more STAMPs, STNZMPs, STBMs) Tomas
Tomas Kron President ACPSEM
First Female College Fellow
Monday, 06 July 2009 14:32
It is with great pleasure that the ACPSEM Council announces that Associate Professor Natalka Suchowerska has been admitted as a Fellow of the College. This makes Natalka the first female Fellow for the ACPSEM. Well Done Natalka!
Natalka joined the College as an Associate Member in 1984 and has been an Ordinary Member since 2002. She has been an Associate Professor in the School of Physics, University of Sydney since 2003. Her contributions to the ACPSEM include NSW Branch Chair (1999-2001), ACPSEM Education Committee Chair (2001- 2003) and Chair of the Accreditation Working Party (1998-2001).
New Zealand News
Friday, 03 July 2009 14:48
The NZ Branch conference for 2013 has been tentatively set for 19-20 Nov 2013 in Wellington
Congratulations to Howell Round on becoming a Fellow of IPENZ
Dr Howell Round has been elected a Fellow of IPENZ for his contribution to the advancement of engineering knowledge and technological education. IPENZ recognised his role in developing the professional community of biomedical engineers and medical physicists and in developing technology education programmes to equip graduates to meet employment needs. His work as a pioneering medical physics researcher, his advice to health regulators, and the increasingly professional standards being adopted in the industry around Australasia and Asia are all part of his contributions being recognized. Well done Howell!
2013 EPSM Conference
Friday, 03 July 2009 14:44
The 2013 EPSM conference will be held in Perth from 3rd to 7th November
The NSW/ACT Branch in collaboration with the University of Sydney has recently held the KV09 workshop with an excellent turn up of over 50 registrars and senior medical physicists from all over Australia. The event was sponsored by ARPANSA, and some of the College’s Company Associate Members - Nucletron, Oxford Scientific and CMS Alphatech
Request for Comments - Clinical Services Capability Framework
Sunday, 28 June 2009 16:18
QLD Health is currently reviewing it's policy document on Clinical Services Capability Framework for Public and Licensed Private Health Facilities.
This document includes substantial sections on Medical Imaging Services, Nuclear Medicine Services and Radiation Oncology Services, with specific reference to the role of physicists in each of these. A draft version is publicly available for industry review as per below:
In December 2009, the Clinical Services Capability Framework (CSCF) Executive Steering Committee (ESC) endorsed further CSCF modules resulting in 28 of the 31 revised and/or new modules being available for industry critique. Please visit http://www.health.qld.gov.au/cscf/ to view the draft Framework v3.0. All comments on the draft Framework should be directed to the CSCF Team via
It has been suggested by members that the ACPSEM QLD branch should be represented in the industry review phase and submit a response based upon feedback from the membership. I believe this would be appropriate and would like to invite all branch members to review and comment, in particular with regard to:
Workforce issues raised
Validity of technical and Scientific statements
Validity of references to legislation regarding to the use of radiation in these services.
Comments for Medical Imaging Services and Nuclear Medicine Services are being co-ordinated by Daniel Schick. Please email
Comments for Radiation Oncology Services are being co-ordinated by Paul Charles. Please email
Please submit all comments by no later than COB Tuesday 26th January.
Chairman ACPSEM QLD Branch
Benjamin Keir is the branch web manager so if there is any news for the branch website please contact me by email at
and I will post it up on this web page. Please indicate if you only want ACPSEM members to view the news item or everyone who may visit the website.