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Lisa Howard

Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Registrar
St George Cancer Care Centre, St George Hospital, St George NSW

In high school and university, I really enjoyed chemistry and physics, particularly the radiation based concepts, so a career in Radiation Oncology was ideal for me. My study so far has included completion of bachelor and masters degrees at University. As part of my training to become a certified medical physicist, I am enrolled in the Training, Education and Accreditation Program run by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine. This training program is a full-time paid position for up to five years.

I have worked both in Qld and NSW and I also get the opportunity to travel with attendance at national and international conferences and courses.

As a radiation oncology medical physicist, the skills important to me as part of my job include attention to detail, analytical, problem solving, understanding of computer systems, communication, and commitment to quality patient care. Our thorough attention to details ensures that all patients undergoing radiotherapy are treated accurately and safely. It is very rewarding working in a multidisciplinary team to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

I was inspired to take a career in the cancer related field after a friend’s mother passed away from breast cancer when I was younger. I recommend Radiation Oncology as a career as it is very rewarding helping patients through their cancer treatment journey.