This year GCCQ welcomed a new centre in the locality of Rockhampton. The centre is partnered with Queensland Health and is located in the new Cancer Services Building in Rockhampton Base Hospital. The centre is the first Elekta based clinic in Queensland for Genesis Cancer Care with 2 Versa HD machines installed. The first machine became clinical on the 20th June and the second became clinical in September.
GCCQ saw a number of new physicists joining the team as well in 2016. The new recruits to Rockhampton included our Senior Physicist, Cameron Challens and Emma Spelleken, a registrar. Cameron Challens came with 24 years’ experience from Tamworth, NSW, having previous experience in South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Emma Spelleken has just recently graduated from her Master’s degree at QUT.
Two other registrars also joined the team, Holly Stephens and Shadi Khoei both based in Brisbane. Shadi joins us having completed her Masters and PhD in Medical Physics at QUT and has clinical experience at the Princess Alexandria Hospital. Holly comes with her Masters in Medical Physics from University of Adelaide and has been working clinically since 2012 at the Holman Clinic in Tasmania.
Lastly, two physicists were appointed to the Gold Coast. Jaysree Ukath comes with 24 years’ experience, previously working at Genesis Cancer Care NSW and Peter Mac in Victoria. Svetlana Sjostedt joined the team as a Medical Physics Specialist and came with clinical experience from the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Unfortunately, GCCQ also lost a valuable physicist, Tim Van Doorn, to retirement. Tim was with Premion/Genesis since 2007 primarily in a TEAP preceptor role.
The staff excelled this year with multiple presentations at international conferences, including ESTRO, AAPM, ICCR and EPSM.