Chair and practitioner member from Western Australia
Neil is a medical imaging practitioner with many years’ experience in the profession. After graduating from WAIT in 1974, he worked in several WA country and metropolitan hospitals as a relieving Radiographer. For the past 33 years he has worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital where he has been CT and Special Procedures Supervisor for the last 13 years. He is currently Supervisor for Special Procedures.
He was a member of the Radiological Council of WA from 1999 to 2009 and was involved in several changes to the Radiation Safety Act 1975 and the subsequent regulations relating to Medical Radiation Practitioners and their work practices.
Neil has been an active member of the Australian Institute of Radiography since 1972 and National President 1995 – 1996.
He has been active in lobbying for registration since 1999 and has been the Chair of the Medical Radiation Technologist Registration Board of WA since its formation in 2006.
Practitioner member from Queensland
Susan Baldwin is a registered nuclear medicine technologist with MRTB QLD and an accredited member of the ANZSNM. Susan began her career at the Queensland Radium Institute, Royal Brisbane Hospital in 1979, as a cadet radiation therapist and studied at the Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT). She graduated in 1981 with a Diploma of Applied Science – Radiation Therapy and AIR accreditation.
She also worked in the new Nuclear Medicine dept at the RBH. In 1991, after 13 years in radiation therapy she took up a full time position in the nuclear medicine dept at RBH.
Susan holds qualifications with ANZSNM, Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board – USA, Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists, and is a faculty member of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. She is currently the Queensland representative and Treasurer of the ANZSNM Technologist Special Interest Group, and is a keen advocate of continuing education for technologists.
She was awarded the Queensland Cancer Fund DB Duncan Scholarship to study PET in USA. She spent her study time at the NIH, Bethesda, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Baltimore, Maryland, as well as the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Metro Regional PET Centre, Annandale, Virginia, on the benefits of PET to oncology patients.
She was invited to take up a position at NIH, Bethesda, as an international Fogarty Fellow, where she worked with several pioneers in molecular imaging, on novel and diverse PET research projects.
She spent a further 2 years in the United States, working in PET, and as the Director of Imaging, for the private practice of Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates, Maryland. In 2002 she returned to Brisbane and joined Queensland Diagnostic Imaging as a nuclear medicine technologist, and more recently as the Manager of Medical Imaging Services, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane.
In May 2012, she was delighted to accept a nuclear medicine position with Qscan Radiology Clinics, Queensland. Susan has gained certificate qualifications in health management, and is an assessor in nuclear medicine technology with NATA.
She feels that it is a great privilege and responsibility, to be appointed to the Medical Radiation Practice Board and will work diligently to ensure a fair and smooth transition in registration of practitioners, and to safeguard the public relying on our services.
Community Member from Western Australia
Ms Benson has extensive experience in finance, business administration, governance, community health, and has experience working with Boards and Committees. Ms Benson holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration along with other business qualifications. She has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors holding executive positions throughout her career.
Ms Benson was appointed to the Optometrist Board of Western Australia in 2007, and has worked with committees on matters such as Registration, Professional Standards, Finance, Governance, and the Notifications Assessment Committee. More recently she has worked as the CEO of Diabetes WA for a period of five years where she was involved in community health outcomes working closely with the Department of Health and Ageing and the Department of Health Western Australia.
Ms Benson currently works part-time as the Manager Finance for Lifeline WA and is also a Member of Certified Practising Accountants, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Practitioner member from Victoria
One of the two radiation therapy members of the Board and the Victorian member, Marcia trained as a radiation therapist in Victoria and has worked in both the public and private sectors in Victoria and NSW. Her roles have varied from base grade to chief and all levels in between as well as planning, treatment and brachytherapy.
Marcia has been involved in radiography/radiation therapy matters over a number of years from both a professional association and union direction and both at local state and national level. She has always believed in the professional status of radiation professionals and therefore finds her appointment to the National Board as a fulfilment of this ideal.
Practitioner Member (Radiation Therapy) from Northern Territory
Kar Giam is the Chief Radiation Therapist at the newly opened Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre in Darwin. His radiation therapy career started 33 years ago with 8 years in Kuala Lumpur and 23 years at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Kar held a few leadership roles while at the Royal Adelaide Hospital before taking up the challenge as a project manager for the oncology project in Darwin in 2008.
Upon completion of the project, Kar took up the position as Chief RT and manager.
Kar is passionate about improving outcomes in Aboriginal Cancer and holds the lead position in the NT Cancer Care Optimisation Group carrying out the NT Cancer Plan.
Practitioner member from ACT
Mr Hicks is the Director of Allied Health and Ambulatory Care at Calvary Hospital in Canberra. He has lived in Canberra since 2004, initially taking up the role of Director of Medical Imaging at Calvary Hospital. Mr Hicks has held other senior roles in Medical Imaging departments, including Director of Medical Imaging Technology, Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, and Senior Radiographer, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Mr Hicks graduated from QUT’s Diploma of Applied Science course in Diagnostic Radiography in 1984. He has subsequently completed a degree in Theology (Brisbane College of Theology, 1994) and a Masters in Health Science (QUT, 1999). He has presented research in Radiation Dose during Diagnostic Procedures, and conference presentations on role expansion in Diagnostic Radiography. Mr Hicks was appointed as the inaugural President of the Medical Radiation Science board of the ACT in 2008.
Community member from Tasmania
Robyn Hopcroft has a background in Arts, Education and Law and is also a Community Member the Tasmanian Nursing and Midwifery Board. Robyn was the Curator of Paintings and Fine Arts at the National Gallery of South Australia then Assistant Director of the Queensland Art Gallery. She taught at secondary schools in NSW then did a Diploma of Education at the Sydney University before returning to Tasmania to administer a community child care scheme for the Hobart City Council. After undertaking a Law (Honors) Degree and a Masters in Welfare Law Robyn was the consultant engaged to review domestic violence in Tasmania. This led to legislation introducing Restraint Orders and a review of police interventions. During this period Robyn was appointed by Federal Ministers to Social Security Consultative Committees and by State Ministers to Welfare Committees.
Robyn worked in private practice before joining the Crown as a Legislation and Policy Officer. Robyn was a Legal Officer appointed to the Royal Commission into the attempted bribery of a politician and undertook a consultancy for the Public Sector Office on the conduct of discipline and inability enquiries. Robyn worked as Secretary, Executive Officer or Head of Research to various Commissions and Boards of Inquiry including “The Size and Constitution of the Tasmanian Parliament”, “The Redistribution of the Legislative Council Electoral Boundaries”, and “The Distribution of the Port Arthur Victims Charitable Appeal Fund”. As Acting Director of Investigations at the Tasmanian Office of the Ombudsman Robyn conducted the investigation into forensic services at the Risdon Prison Hospital which led to the creation of a secure psychiatric unit independent of the prison system. Prior to her retirement Robyn worked as the Director of Health Complaints and as the Health Complaints Commissioner. Robyn has been a Chair of the Disability Ethics Committee, a Board member of an organisation providing accommodation for people with disabilities and a member of the University Human Research Ethics Committee. She is the author and illustrator of 5 early childhood picture books and has an interest in children’s literacy.
Practitioner member from Tasmania
Mark Marcenko is the Deputy Chair of the MRPBA and is the past chair of the Medical Radiation Science Professional Registration Board of Tasmania. Mark is a practitioner member (Nuclear Medicine) and is currently in charge of the PET/CT department at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
As well as seven years of regulatory experience, Mark was a member since 2008 of the Medical Radiation Practice Steering committee working in preparation of the 2012 inclusion in AHPRA.
Mark began his career in Canada before immigrating to Australia in the 1990’s. Since his arrival Mark has worked in both Nuclear Medicine and PET practices though out Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. One of Mark’s professional highlights was in 2007 where in collaboration with the University of Tasmania, Mark worked on the MMerge software system for x-ray planar image fusion with nuclear medicine images.
Mark’s current professional interest lies in PET/CT scanning. In 2008 Mark first planned and then operated Tasmania’s first PET/CT department while working for I-Med. In 2011 Mark was involved with the final planning and commissioning of the new PET/CT Department at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Having worked in both private and public practices in Australia, Mark brings a unique perspective to the board.
Practitioner member from South Australia
Mr Christopher Pilkington is a diagnostic radiographer and has worked across 3 major metropolitan hospitals in Adelaide in teaching and management roles since 1974. He was a member of the SA Branch of the Australian Institute of Radiography Education committee 1980-1985 and Chairperson of the SA Radiographers Industrial committee 1990-1993. For the past 22 years, he has worked as the Medical Imaging department manager at Flinders Medical Centre.
In 2006 he was appointed the SA Director of the Australian Institute of Radiography, a position he held until March 2012.
Community member from New South Wales
Rosie Yeo is Director of Public Affairs Network, a consultancy providing policy research and development; group facilitation workshops for strategy and policy development; government relations and external communications for a range of corporate and non-profit organisations. She has a particular interest in health policy and services, and has advised a number of government and non-government organisations within the health sector on policy and communications. Prior to establishing Public Affairs Network in 1998, she worked as a ministerial adviser, public affairs manager for an industry organisation, and government relations consultant.
Practitioner member from New South Wales
Tracy Vitucci is a medical radiation practitioner with over 30 years experience primarily in regional Australia. She is the District Coordinator Medical Imaging Services, Murrumbidgee and Southern NSW Local Health Districts, which incorporates 36 Medical Imaging facilities.
Tracy chaired the inaugural NSW Health Medical Radiation Science Advisory Group for six years to March 2012, and represents MLHD and SNSW LHD at NSW Ministry of Health. She sits on a number of State/ other committees incorporating DH&A , Diagnostic Imaging Practice Accreditation Standards – Stage 1, Stage 11, WHO Surgical Checklist Committee Member, NSW Health Correct Site Committee, Health Procurement Workgroup & Contract Advisory Group (CAG), NSW Health Medical Imaging Initiative Program and Medical Imaging Steering Committee State ICT program.