EPSM 2019 – Annual Conference of the ACPSEM

In recognition of 2019 being the International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements, our scientific program theme is Elements and Interactions. Advancements in science, engineering and technology in medicine happen when many people work together. Individuals bring their skills to their multidisciplinary teams, and those teams interact with others to create opportunities for advancement.

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


The second PRIMPS event of 2018 is now here!

Date: Friday 8th June 2018
Time: 15:00-17:30
Location: BTS, Gregory Terrace
Extra bonus feature: Learn about the IQON Spectral Computed Tomography system
RSVP by: 5th June

There are still spots available for anyone who wishes to present. Contact the ACPSEM Qld branch Secretary (Emma Spelleken) to confirm your attendance, volunteer to present, or request more information.

PRIMPS 24 recap

PRIMPS 24, the first meeting in the “Progress and Research In Medical Physics Series” for 2018, was hosted by Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) on the afternoon/evening of 23rd March 2018. Most of the large crowd of visiting physicists from Brisbane and the Gold Coast arrived on a minibus hired for the occasion and were then treated to a tour of the impressive Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology facilities, and the beautiful buildings and gardens of SCUH, by Mikey Bernardo and Francis Gibbons. After the tour, we had the pleasure of listening to and learning from eight fascinating and friendly presentations:

  • Lucy Cartwright of UNSW – KIM vs CBCT
  • Daniel Serra of BTS – Pitfalls and issues in radiation shielding design
  • Deborah Carrick of GCUH – ROLLIS (Radio-Occult Lesion Localisation using I-125 seeds)
  • Elaine Ryan of BTS, working with University of Sydney – Improving the accuracy and reproducibility of breast tumour receptor status reporting using laser imaging
  • Athreya Sherma Buddhavarapu of QUT, working with SCUH – QATrack+ and routine output QA
  • Tanya Kairn of RBWH – Linac leakage dose measured using OSLDs
  • Lynsey Hamlett of SCUH – The introduction and validation of a model basd dose calculation algorithm for brachytherapy
  • Georgia Brown of PAH, working with RBWH and QUT – Dosimetric outcomes of respiratory gated breast radiotherapy

Scientific events were followed by drinks at a stylish venue just a few minutes walk from SCUH, with views onto an inlet of Lake Kawana, and then an informal dinner at a nearby Thai restaurant.

Many thanks go to Mikey Bernardo for organising this memorable PRIMPS event.


PRIMPS 24, the first meeting in the “Progress and Research In Medical Physics Series” for 2018, will be hosted by Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) on the afternoon/evening of 23rd March 2018.

1:00 pm Bus departs Brisbane for SCUH
2:30 pm Tour of Medical Imaging (Radiology & Nuclear Medicine/PET) and Adam Crosby Cancer Care Centre
3:00 pm PRIMPS presentations
5:00 pm Post-PRIMPS refreshments/drinks/dinner
7:00 pm Bus departs SCUH for Brisbane
8:30 pm Bus arrives in Brisbane
Read the PRIMPS 24 flyer

Contact the ACPSEM Qld branch Secretary (Emma Spelleken) to confirm your attendance, volunteer to present, or request more information.

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.

2017 Symposium Recap

The Princess Alexandra Hospital hosted the 27th ACPSEM Queensland branch symposium.

The day started with the 4th ACPSEMQ winter school, with DIMPs learning about recent innovations in mammography and ROMPs learning about image guided radiation therapy. Speakers included Tale Liiv, Elaine Ryan, Jack Svenson, Michael Bleazard, Samuel Peet, Patrick O’Connor, John Baines and Davide Fontanarosa, and our sponsors Hologic Australia. The school programs were organised by Mikey Bernado, Scott Crowe and Nancy Yu; and were attended by more than 50 physicists.

The symposium began after lunch with an invited presentation on mammography by Dr. Thomas Lloyd (on behalf of Dr. Janet Gray). Proffered presentations were given by Kyle Ewart, Hang Min, Emma Whittle, Scott Crowe and Michael Roche.

2017 Winter School & Symposium

The 27th annual ACPSEM QLD Branch Winter School and Symposium will be held on September 29th at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The winter school topic for the diagnostic imaging medical physicists will be recent innovations in mammography. The winter school topic for the radiation oncology medical physicists will be image guided radiotherapy. The symposium will consist of an invited presentation from BreastScreen Queensland State Radiologist Dr. Janet Gray, providing a radiologist’s perspective on recent innovations in mammography; and profferred presentations.

If you wish to attend the winter school and/or symposium; or present on recent activity in your department (an excellent opportunity for those presenting at EPSM later this year!), please RSVP with either Mikey Bernardo (DIMP) or Scott Crowe (ROMP).

A flyer for the event is available here; and programs for the winter schools are also available for DIMPs and ROMPs.

PRIMPS 22 Recap

PRIMPS 22 was hosted by ROC at their new centre in Cleveland, over the road from Redland Hospital and just a short drive from the Cleveland marina with it’s seafood restaurants and jumping fish; a really fun and exciting place for a physics meeting! The afternoon featured interesting and enjoyable presentations from Candice Milewski (Université Paris-Saclay, interning in the Radiation Oncology Department at RBWH), Deb Tout (Nuc Med Physicist at Gold Coast University Hospital) and Guy Godwin (National Director of Medical Physics, Radiation Oncology Centres). Guy Godwin provided an introduction to the Verishield radiation shielding solution implemented at ROC Cleveland, before hosting a tour of the facility that included an opportunity to lift and hold one of the (surprisingly weighty!) shielding blocks. The presentations and the tour inspired animated discussions over coffee and snacks in the ROC tea-room, and (for some) further discussions on the train ride back to Brisbane. Thanks go to Rebecca Murray and everyone from ROC who helped organise the event.