ANZMRRN eALERT --- Online Journal Club launch!
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Welcome to the Oct 2016 edition of the ANZMRRN eALERT.

Online Journal Club

[ ASMIRT & NZIMRT CPD appellation ]

The first ANZMRRN Online Journal Club (OLJC) is commencing:

17th October 2016!
Topic: Evidence Based Practice (Multi-disciplinary focused).
Expert Facilitator: Debbie Howson (PhD candidate).

What is OLJC? OLJC is a 4-week interactive forum
(approx. 3hrs of CPD per OLJC).
Participants read the chosen article.
An expert reviewer will then guide online discussion.
How to join & find out more: Self enroll using the following link:

Use the following access code:  ANZMRRNJC2016
You can use an existing or create a new CourseSites Account.

Videos and instructions are provided on Coursesites to guide you through the OLJC.

Featured Researcher:

Name: Kelly (Pangallo) Elsner

Profession: Radiation Therapist

Research topic: What do Radiation Therapists know about patient anxiety?

Describe your current research in 1 sentence: I have launched an international survey to learn more from RT's about their skills, values, knowledge and management of patients with anxiety.

I chose this research because: A close friend was severely impacted following treatment for breast cancer. I believe we can do better as a profession to meet the psychosocial needs of patients.

My proudest achievement so far is: Receiving an award for best in session presentation at 'The Cancer Institute Innovations Conference 2016'
(Pilot study results: RT & psychosocial support survey).

I chose to join ANZMRRN because: RT's and MI's have the skills and abilities to advance their professions and the cancer care industry. I want to be a part of the group that realises this vision. 

If I hadn't chosen this career, I would probably be: A Special Operations Paramedic. However, I wasn't old enough to start training straight out of school. That's when Jenny Cox converted me to RT!

The best piece of advice I have ever been given: You don't live long enough to try everything yourself, so listen to and learn from the experiences of others.

Something most of my peers do not know about me is: I gave up being a ballerina to compete in dirt biking events  - motocross and enduro!

Kelly's survey link: Radiation Therapists and Psychosocial Support

Membership update: September 2016

ANZMRRN Membership: 235

  • Australia = 122    &    New Zealand = 64
  • Unknown = 47           Other counties = 2


RT = 135          MI/RAD/MRI = 70
ROMP= 5                         Drs = 3
NMP = 10                   SONO = 4
Education/Research = 6     Not stated = 2


The ANZMRRN aims to highlight & celebrate the amazing work being done by all Medical Radiation and Imaging Practitioners.

Recent research publications by ANZMRRN members:

  • Lawson, C & Cowling, C. Social media: The next frontier for professional development in radiography, Radiography, 2015.
  • Singh N, Wright C, Knight K, Baird M, Akroyd D, Adams RD, Schneider ME. Occupational burnout among radiographers, sonographers and radiologists in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 2016.
  • Abdullah KA, McEntee MF, Reed W & Kench P. Coronary CT angiography: radiation dose reduction using iterative reconstruction and the impact on diagnostic image quality. DI Europe, [Aug/Sept] 2016.
  • Van Dyk S, Schneider ME, Kondalsamy Chennakes S, Narayan K. Clinical outcomes from an innovative protocol using serial ultrasound imaging and a single MR image to guide brachytherapy for locally advanced cervix cancer. Brachytherapy, 2016.
  • Everitt S, Duffy M, Bressel M et al. Association of oesophageal radiation dose volume metrics, neutropenia and acute radiation oesophagitis in patients receiving chemoradiotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer. Radiation Oncology, 2016.
  • Schneider ME & Lombardo P. Brain surface heating after exposure to ultrasound: An analysis using thermography. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 2016.
  • Brown E, Owen R, Harden F, Mengersen K, Oestreich K, Houghton W, Poulsen M, Harris S, Lin C, Porceddu S 'Head and neck adaptive radiotherapy: predicting the time to replan', Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2016.

If you have a publication would like to share with members of the network, please send a link through to
(papers "in-press" are welcome) 


Are you an ANZMRRN member presenting at an upcoming conference:

  • If you are registered as a presenter, please keep us informed by sending an email to:

Collaborators & Networking:

  • Are you seeking collaborators for your research project?

Advertise on the next eBlast. Email details to:  

Survey links

Do you have a survey that needs participants?

ANZMRRN can include your survey here if you send your request with the following information to

·         links to your survey and participant information page

·         Details of your ethics approval

If you know of an industry sponsor who would be willing to help fund the ongoing support required to maintain the activities the ANZMRRN please contact us at
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