Bob Fitchew Member of the Year Award, 2017

The ACPSEM Queensland branch is proud to announce the winner of the Bob Fitchew Member of the Year Award for 2017; Bess Sutherland.

The Bob Fitchew Member of the Year Award recognises the achievements of Queensland members of the ACPSEM in the following areas:

  • Contributions to the workplace,
  • Contributions to the broader physical sciences & engineering community,
  • Contributions to the ACPSEM, and
  • Innovations in engineering and physical sciences.

Bess Sutherland made a significant contribution to both Genesis QLD and ROC in the recent past, including her role as the lead physicist on the implementation of spine SABR and commissioning two new Elekta linacs at Rockhampton. Bess served as the branch secretary, contributing to local events and the national newsletter. She published 5 papers since 2015. Bess moved to Western Australia in 2017, to develop new services with ROC; but this award recognises her significant contributions during her time in Queensland.

We would also like to acknowledge the runners up who have also made amazing contributions to their workplace and ACPSEM:

Mikey Bernado has been an active and enthusiastic member of the ACPSEM QLD committee branch since 2016. He has presented at numerous branch events, and ensured diagnostic imaging has been consistently represented. This year Mikey volunteered his time to the organisation of both the QLD branch Winter School and the EPSM Summer School. Clinically, he has been responsible for the establishment of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Medical Physics service, following his certification in 2016.

Trent Aland became the National Deputy Director of Physics for ICON Cancer Centres in May 2017. Since joining ROC/ICON, Trent has lead service development projects including MPC on TrueBeam systems, beam holding for seed based prostate patients, automation, RGSC, and recently the commissioning of the first Halcyon system in the Asia Pacific Region. His research work involving film dosimetry has produced multiple publications over the past 2 years, and one of the highest cited papers published in APESM.

Thanks go to our distinguished panel of judges and heartfelt congratulations go to our winner. Bess Sutherland, we miss you!

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.


PRIMPS 22 will be held at ROC Redlands, Bayside Business Park, 16-24 Weippin Street, Cleveland on the 26th May, from 3 to 5 PM. If you are interested in attending or making a presentation, please RSVP your attendance to Rebecca Murry. The flyer for the event is available here.

2016 update from ROC Queensland

Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC) is a private radiation therapy company that prides itself on delivering exceptional patient care and developing its people. In 2016 ROC’s first Varian TrueBeam was installed at North Lakes and a second TrueBeam was installed at Redlands in November 2016 (and should be clinical early 2017). These sites are in addition to the existing clinical departments: Toowoomba (celebrating 10 yrs in May, 2017), Cairns, Gold Coast, Springfield, Maroochydore, Bundaberg and Harvey Bay.

ROC-QLD currently utilises both Varian and Elekta linear accelerators, the Eclipse, Pinnacle, Monaco and Xio treatment planning systems and ARIA and Mosaiq clinical information systems. Practices at each of the centres have been aligned wherever possible, to ensure staff are able to provide support across sites. Current clinical techniques include IMRT, VMAT, stereotactic treatments (intra-cranial and extra-cranial) and deep-inspiration breath hold (DIBH) for breast patients.

In addition to the new sites the following new physicists have been welcomed to the team in the last 12 months: Trent Aland (Deputy Director Medical Physics, North Lakes), Bess Sutherland (Medical Physicist, Gold Coast) and Danielle Tyrrell (Site Senior Medical Physicist, Greenslopes/Redlands). January 2017 will see Adrian Bailey (Site Senior Medical Physicist, Maroochydore/Bundaberg/Harvey Bay) and Susan Barr (TEAP, North Lakes) also join us.

TEAP milestones for 2016 include:

  • Dean Wallace and Talia Jarema sitting and passing their Written exams in March,
  • Talia Jarema and Jonathan Lambert sitting and passing their final Part A and B practical and oral exams in November, and
  • ROC now being accredited to have 3 TEAP positions across the organisation.