ACPSEM vs Engineers Australia – The Great Debate

Engineers Australia have thrown down the gauntlet and challenged the physics profession to a comedic debate (possibly the most impressive form of modern combat).

The topic of the debate: Who IS the better Mini Golfer?
A question we have asked ourselves for many a moon, who IS the better Mini Golfer? Is it those who understand the interactions of matter and energies, Physicists, or those who pioneer to analyse the limitations imposed by the course, Engineers?  Bring a keen ear and a sense of humour as the engineers and physicists battle in a comedic debate. Each side will prove their strengths and discredit the opposition all under the watchful eye of Ms Moderator. But ultimately it is you who’ll have to be convinced.

  • Venue: Hawken Auditorium, Level 1, 447 Upper Edward St, Brisbane
  • Date: Wednesday 5th September 2018
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Cost: $15 – ACPSEM members
  • $45 – non members

RSVP at https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/Event/engineers-vs-physicists-comedic-debate

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

I look forward to seeing you all there, defending the profession and enjoying the company.

Tim Ireland
Committee member & immediate past chair, ACPSEM Qld branch

EPSM 2015 Recap

The 2015 Engineering and Physical Sciences in Medicine conference was convened in Wellington from the 8th to 12th November. Members from the Queensland branch were prominent, with a number of presentations (listed here) and plenty of posters (hopefully appearing at the upcoming PRIMPS event, described here)!

Queensland branch member Ian Smith (St. Andrews War Memorial Hospital) will be assuming the role of the ACPSEM President starting next year (having been the Vice President for the past 2 years), joined by Tanya Kairn (Genesis Cancer Care Queensland) in the Honorary Registrar position.

Katrina Biggerstaff (Princess Alexandria Hospital) did well in the Photography in Medical Physics competition, winning 3rd and 2nd  places in the macro category, with photos of the Gamma Knife source, secondary carousel edge and thyratron (seen below).

A paper from Queensland, “Treatment plan complexity metrics for predicting IMRT pre-treatment quality assurance results” by S. B. Crowe, T. Kairn, J. Kenny, R. T. Knight, B. Hill, C. M. Langton and J. V. Trapp, was the runner up for the 2015 Kenneth Clarke Award.

See you in Sydney next year!