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.