How to Get Involved
There are several ways to get involved including hosting overseas visitors, volunteering a developing country, donating texts to the University of Indonesia or by joining the Asia-Pacific WIMPS Network. All enquiries can be directed to email@example.com.
Host Overseas Visitors
There are a number of schemes available to physicists and engineers in the region, allowing them to visit hospitals in Australia and New Zealand for experience, training and development. These schemes are highly valued by our overseas colleagues, and provide opportunities in training, skill building and research. Further information about some of these schemes can be found using the following links:
IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)
The Technical Cooperation Department of the IAEA awards fellowships and scientific visits, either as part of a technical cooperation project or on an individual basis. They provide opportunities for the training of necessary personnel to undertake the development of atomic energy applications for peaceful purposes in their own countries. Fellowships are normally awarded for periods of up to one year, mainly for project-oriented on-the-job training. Scientific visits do not exceed two weeks, and are awarded to broaden the scientific or managerial qualifications of specialists in developing countries. IAEA Fellowships and Scientific Visits
UICC (International Union against Cancer)
The UICC funds 1-3 month international cancer technology transfer fellowships (ICRETT), for research and clinical training. UICC International Cancer Fellowships
If your department is interested in hosting visiting physicists from developing countries in the region, please complete and return the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer in a developing country
Living and working in a developing country can be immensely rewarding, and gives you the unique opportunity to contribute to the development needs of the region. It can also increase your work experience significantly, by exposing you to different challenges to those faced in your regular work environment.
AusAID (Australia’s overseas aid agency) funds four separate volunteer sending programs. AYAD and VIDA are two of these programs, placing skilled volunteers in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Assignments cover a diverse range of sectors, including education, health, environment, infrastructure, etc. Assignments can be from 1 month to 3 years in length, and travel, living expenses and in-country support are provided. Volunteers work with local counterparts to achieve sustainable development through skills exchange, capacity building and institutional strengthening. Assignment proposals are developed through collaboration between the host institution (where the placement will occur) and the Australian Partner Organisation (potentially the ACPSEM). For more information, see:
Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program (AYAD)
For volunteers aged 18-30 years old
Assignments from 3-12 months
Volunteering for International Development from Australia (VIDA)
For volunteers aged 18+ years old
Assignments from 1 month -3 years
Donate Medical Physics Texts to the University of Indonesia
(Approved by the ACPSEM executive as a minor project of the College)
The Department of Physics at the University of Indonesia (UI) currently offers programs in medical physics at the undergraduate and masters levels. A significant problem in the conduct of these courses is the lack of texts available to students. The library of UI has only approximately 50 relevant texts for a student cohort of 20-30 per year and the budget to purchase texts is essentially non-existent.
The College has agreed to help address this situation by requesting its members to donate second copies or older editions of relevant texts to UI. Acquisition of these texts would significantly enhance the offering of the UI medical physics courses and strengthen the College ties with medical physicists in Indonesia.
Branch Secretaries have been asked to coordinate collection of texts from members in their state branches and to forward any texts collected to UI. Please contact your branch secretary if you have any suitable texts to donate.
Contact: Dr. BJ Thomas
Join the Asia Pacific WIMPS Network
WIMPS is a social networking group for Women in Medical Physics. From its humble beginnings as a small group of women in a heavily male dominated profession, it has since grown to encompass women from all over Australia and New Zealand. Women now make up about 35% of the workforce in Australia and New Zealand, but in many Asian Pacific countries, the proportion is much lower (Borras, 2008).
At the Asia Oceania Congress of Medical Physics (AOCMP) in Vietnam (October, 2008), the first Asia Oceania Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (AFOMP) WIMPS dinner was held, generously sponsored by Sun Nuclear. It was extremely well attended, and all the women present were excited at the prospect of making new friends in Australia/NZ and developing a sister WIMPS network throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Since this dinner, an e-pal scheme has been set up, matching WIMPS in Australasia with WIMPS in the Asia-Pacific region, in order to develop professional friendships of mutual benefit and support. Such professional and social support is key in regions with less support and infrastructure than we are used to in Australia and New Zealand. If you would like to become an e-pal and offer your support to WIMPS in nearby developing regions, please contact May Whitaker.
Borras, C., Women in Medical Physics, Medical Physics World, 24:2, 2008