ACPSEM Qld Branch AGM and PRIMPS 23 Recap

The 2017 ACPSEM Qld Branch AGM was hosted by Biomedical Technology Services (BTS) in Spring Hill, in December 2017. After the usual annual reports from the Branch Chair and other office bearers (and the election of the new Branch committee), the AGM concluded with a touching expression of gratitude from outgoing Chair, Tim Ireland, to all members of the Queensland branch, but especially to those most involved in ACPSEM events, panels and committees at the state and national level, for helping to make 2017 an outstanding year for all of us. (Eg. Queensland’s Ian Smith was the national ACPSEM President, Scott Crowe was the chair of the Professional Standards Board, and Simon Critchley and David Thiele made valuable contributions to the board of ARPAB and the ACPSEM Membership Committee, respectively.)

After a short break, a brief and animated PRIMPS meeting took place. This event, the 23rd meeting of the Progress and Research In Medical Physics Series, involved scientific presentations from Tim Ireland (a review of fluorscopic imaging procedures during swallow tests which included a modest description of a comprehensive investigation that has the potential to lead to better outcomes – clearer images from less imaging dose – for all Queensland head-and-neck fluoroscopy patients) and Tanya Kairn (a report on recent small field scatter factor measurements which included some gleeful and transparent boasting about the relationships between work done by Queensland medical physicists and the new IAEA small field dosimetry code of practise, TRS-438), as well as some robust Q&A from many interested participants.

These events were followed by yummy snacks and friendly chats at the BTS offices.


The 2017 ACPSEM QLD Branch AGM will be held in conjunction with the PRIMPS 23, at Biomedical Technology Services (450 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill). The AGM will be held between 4:30 and 5:30 PM, and is open to all members of the branch. PRIMPS will be run directly after, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Please RSVP your attendance to either (or both!) events to branch secretary Emma Spelleken, and indicate if you are interested in presenting work. This information is also available in the flyer.


The ACPSEM QLD Branch AGM will once again be combining with the final PRIMPS of the year in 2016. This year, PRIMPS 20 and the AGM will be held at GO Lounge, Greenslopes, on Friday December 2nd. See the attached flyer for the event timetable.

The 2016 ACPSEM QLD branch AGM will run from 2 – 2:30pm, and will include election of the 2017 ACPSEM QLD branch committee. All members are invited to attend the AGM. The AGM will be followed by PRIMPS 20, 2:30 – 3:30pm.

All members and guests will have free, exclusive access to all board games at GO Lounge between 2 – 5pm. Before you land on Mayfair one too many times, the festivities will continue on to Stones Corner Hotel.

We hope you can all join us to help celebrate another year of medical physics.

Please RSVP presentations and attendance to Bess Sutherland at

PRIMPS 17 Recap

The final Progress and Research in Medical Physics (PRIMPS) meeting for the year was held on the 27th November, following the branch AGM. The event, which was well attended, was held at the Queensland Maritime Museum. Discussions continued on at the Ship Inn after the event.

The meeting started with presentations from Scott Crowe and Rebecca Murry before a popular poster session. Poster authors included Andre Asena, Katrina Biggerstaff, Diana Binny, Paul Charles, Scott Crowe, Tanya Kairn, Aleksandra Kali, Pat O’Connor, Patrick Stevenson, Steven Sylvander, Hassan Albarakati, Rami Alharbi, Alanood Alshamsi, and Deborah Tout; with the latter 4 having their posters printed by the college.

Tim Ireland was elected as chair of the Queensland Branch for 2016 at the AGM, with Katrina Biggerstaff elected to the vice chair role. This was the last AGM for current chair Paul Charles, who has done a magnificent job in the position since 2014.

See you next year!


This year the ACPSEM QLD Branch AGM will combine with PRIMPS 17 to make one big ACPSEM QLD Super Social! This will be held at the Queensland Maritime Museum (just next to the Goodwill Bridge in South Brisbane for those unfamiliar with the neighbourhood) on Friday November 27th,  see the flyer below for the event timetable.

All members and guests will have free access to the museum from 1.30 until 4.30pm when festivities will move on to The Ship Inn, Southbank. The 2015 ACPSEMQ branch AGM will run 2.30pm – 3pm, and will include the election of the 2016 ACPSEMQ branch committee. All members are invited to attend the AGM.

PRIMPS 17 will include a presentations session as usual, and for the first time a poster session! This is an opportunity to display any posters that you’ve make for conferences (or just for fun) and have a chat about them to colleagues in an informal setting. To celebrate, the ACPSEMQ branch would like to print your posters, for free! To be eligible for free printing, you must submit your poster in final A1 pdf format by 20th November. The best 5 posters will be chosen by the committee and printing will be arranged for you free of charge. Successful authors will be advised by Monday 23rd November. All unsuccessful competition applicants are still encouraged to arrange their own printing and to bring their poster along for display at PRIMPS 17.

All members and guests are invited to then join in the festivities as the Qld branch celebrates another successful year in the land of medical physics from 4.30pm at The Ship Inn, Southbank.