Profession: Radiation Therapist
Current Position: Radiation Therapist
Years Qualified: 15
What are your areas of interest in research?
Image guidance, motion management, adaptive radiotherapy
Would you describe yourself as a ‘novice’ or ‘experienced’ research? Experienced
Research qualifications? PhD
What is your greatest research achievement? Completing a PhD at the University of Sydney
Why and how did you get involved in research? I had an idea about a change in practice that I thought would increase the accuracy of treatment for our patients. When I approached one of our Radiation Oncologists he encouraged me to conduct a research project to show the changes would be beneficial.
How do you balance research/work/family life?
It can be a difficult balance act at times when you work clinically full time and research is really an extra curricula activity. It helps to have a very understanding family!
How did you find a mentor/supervisor?
I’ve been very luck and have had a number of mentors along the way.
Some have been Radiation Therapists, Medical Physicist and Radiation Oncologists that I’ve worked with over the years. I was also very lucky to have Jenny Cox as my main supervisor for my PhD research.
What was/is your supervisor/mentor’s best advice?
The best piece of advice has come from nearly all the mentor that I’ve had which is when your paper comes back from a journal rejected or needing revisions just work through the reviewers comments and it will make the paper better than it was initially.
What do you enjoy most about being involved in research?
The best part about being involved in research is being part of a team that has the opportunity to improve the treatment delivered to the patients.
What has been your biggest challenge or barrier to being involved in research? The biggest challenge has been finding the time to complete research.
Clinical work always takes priority so research tends to end up being done out of hours.
What one piece of advice would you give other researchers?
Don’t be scared of research. If you have an idea that you think might benefit the patients, get a good team around you that can help mentor you and your research could lead to a change in clinical practice.