Advanced Radiation Therapist
Current position: Advanced Radiation Therapist
Years qualified as an RT: 12 years
Research areas of interest: Head and neck cancer, anal canal cancer
Research qualifications: PhD – ongoing, Masters of Health Science (MRT) – completed 2008
What is your greatest research achievement?
Being involved in a research project that developed, investigated and implemented a new treatment technique in our department that reduced side effects experienced by patients to the point where a break in treatment was no longer required. Seeing the real and positive clinical effect of our research was very rewarding.
Why and how did you get involved in research?
I got into research because I had a clinical question that I could not find a sufficient answer for in published literature. I started off small with an evidence-based practice review that then evolved into developing a research project.
How do you balance research/work/family life?
It takes good time management skills and supportive workplaces and families! I find an effective method to aid in the balancing act is setting goals in all areas and always remaining mindful of the important things in life.
How did you find a mentor/supervisor?
I connected with people who had expertise in my research area of interest and who also had research experience.
What was your supervisor/mentor’s best advice?
Surround yourself with a good research team
What do you enjoy most about being involved in research?
Working with, networking and learning from Radiation Oncology professionals across disciplines and departments.
What has been your biggest challenge or barrier to being involved in research?
The biggest challenge has been to remain positive and keep moving forward when things aren’t progressing as anticipated or when feeling lost and overwhelmed.
What one piece of advice would you give other researchers?
Be passionate about your research topic and surround yourself with a good research team who you have good relationships with and who are as passionate about your area of research as you are.