Save the date: Symposium & Winter School

Yes, it’s on!!! Find your way to the Russell Strong Auditorium at the Princess Alexandra Hospital at any time between 8.30am and 4.30pm today (21st September) to join in the fun of the Winter School & Symposium!

The ACPSEM QLD Annual Symposium and Winter School is happening on Friday, 21st September. The theme for this year’s Winter School is Dose in Imaging. More details are to follow so please save this date in your calendar!

As usual, we would like to invite anyone who is interested in doing a 10 to 15 minute talk to register with myself ( This is a great opportunity for anyone to practice their presentations for any upcoming conferences!

See you all at the Symposium!! ūüôā


Emma Spelleken
ACPSEMQ Secretary

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.

25th Symposium recap

The 25th ACPSEM Queensland branch symposium was held on the 28th August, 2015, at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The day started with the 2nd ACPSEMQ winter school on introducing new technology in the clinic. Dr. Jonathan Sykes spoke on the topic before the DIMPs and ROMPs split up to attend workshops. The DIMPs visited the new PET/MR at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and enjoyed presentations from Prof. Ken Miles, Dr. Anders Rodell and Tale Liiv. The ROMPs split into groups for a series of commissioning challenges, where they were asked how they would implement: SRS with the GammaKnife (with Katrina Biggerstaff), SBRT with the Vero (with Scott Crowe), proton therapy (with Paul Charles), and MR linacs (with John Shakeshaft).

The symposium began after lunch with the invited speakers Dr. Jonathan Sykes and Prof. Dale Bailey. The proferred presentations started after afternoon tea, with Ben Perrett¬†and Mikey Bernado¬†awarded the Symposium prizes for best presentations, while Scott Crowe won the ‘best kept to time’ prize.

Tim Ireland was awarded the Bob Fitchew award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the profession, both in terms of physics support at the Gold Coast University Hospital, and his many contributions to the branch.


25th ACPSEMQ Symposium

The 25th ACPSEM Queensland branch symposium will be held on the 28th August, 2015, at the Russell Strong Auditorium, Princess Alexandra Hospital. The Winter School, introduced last year, will also be returning. The theme for the day is “Future Innovations and Healthcare Technology.”

Winter School

The winter school will begin at 9AM at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Workshops will be run for both DIMPs and ROMPs on the introduction of new technologies in the clinic. A DIMP flyer and ROMP flyer are available.

The winter school is free for members of the ACPSEM. DIMPs interested in attending should email Tim Ireland. ROMPs interested in attending should email Katrina Biggerstaff. RSVP before the 14th of August.


This year marks the 25th ACPSEM Queensland branch symposium. We have invited 2 keynote speakers from New South Wales –

  • Prof. Dale Bailey, from the School of Medical Radiation Sciences at the University of Sydney and principal medical physicist at the Royal North Shore Hospital.
  • Dr. Jonathan Sykes, head of radiation oncology medical physics at the Blacktown Cancer Care Centre and chief research physicist for the Sydney West Radiation Oncology Network.

More information, including a timetable, can be found on the flyer.

The call for presentations is open until the 14th of August. Those interested should send a brief description of their topic to Katrina Biggerstaff. Speakers will be allocated 5 minutes to deliver their presentation and 2 minutes for questions. There will be prizes!

Those who only wish to attend can RSVP to, you guessed it, Katrina Biggerstaff, by 14th of August.