Workshops

The EPSM 2018 organising committee is working diligently to offer you the best educational opportunity and experience during your conference attendance in Adelaide. To add value to your registration, we will be offering 2 workshops, held at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, prior to the Welcome Reception. We will also be running two shorter workshops during the conference. All these workshops are included in your EPSM registration. Registration for the workshops will be done through EPSM2018 registration webpage. Please beware that places are limited. Subject to demand, we will generate waiting lists for the workshops as required.

Additionally, we are pleased to advise that a Particle Therapy Workshop will be held post conference on 1 November (also at the Royal Adelaide Hospital) organised under the auspices of ACPSEM. Registration for this workshop, as well as registration fees, will be run through ACPSEM website.

We hope that you will take advantage of these unique opportunities and enjoy/benefit from the additional program offered.

1. Health Economics Workshop (coordinator Eva Bezak)

Date: Sunday 28 October
Time: 1300 – 1730
Venue: Royal Adelaide Hospital – up to 60 spaces

Registration: Included in EPSM registration

Featuring South Australian experts in Health Economics, the workshop will cover basic introduction into Health Economics, including basic terminology and modelling tools. Other topics will include future workforce planning, modelling cost/benefit of high value equipment in relation to improved (long term) patient outcomes. The presenters and topics include:

Dr Janine Dizon (International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, University of South SA): Evidence Based Healthcare: what is the value of care?
Dr Camille Schubert (Adelaide Health Technology Assessment, University of Adelaide): Introduction to Health Economics: Overview of the types of economic analyses and their purposes and perspectives, along with an introduction to some of the key concepts in economic modelling, and the interpretation of cost-effectiveness results.
A/Prof Billingsley Kaambwa (College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University): Eliciting Consumers Preferences Using Stated Preference Methods
Prof Jon Karnon (School of Public Health, University of Adelaide): Comparing hospital performance with respect to costs, outcomes, and processes of care: administrative vs. clinical data.

 

2. MR Workshop (coordinator Donald McRobbie)

Date: Sunday 28 October
Time: 1300 – 1730
Venue: Royal Adelaide Hospital – up to 60 spaces

Registration: Included in EPSM registration

Featuring prominent MR speakers from the radiology, medical physics and research communities, the workshop will focus on areas where clinical MRI and medical physics interests overlap. These will include MR image optimisation, quantitative MRI, current MR clinical research, MR in radiotherapy planning and MR safety. A closing panel will discuss how medical physicists can increase their involvement in MRI.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Marc Agzarian, Consultant Radiologist and Head of MRI, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide; Greg Brown, Lecturer and MR Researcher, University of South Australia; Associate Professor Gary Liney, MR Physicist, the Australian MR Linac; Dr Victoria Sherwood, MR Clinical Scientist, Siemens Healthineers; and Associate Professor Donald McRobbie, University of Adelaide. Read more.

Delegates with an interest in MRI are also recommended to attend the one day Essential MR Safety Course, hosted by Siemens and delivered by Donald McRobbie on 27th October. Details: www.healthcare.siemens.com.au/education/med-imag-therapy/clinicaltraining/magnetic-resonance/classroomtraining

 

3. Film dosimetry workgroup meeting (coordinator Nick Bennie)

Date: Wednesday 31 October
Time: 1600 – 1700
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre – limited to 11 spaces

Registration: Included in EPSM full registration only

This workgroup meeting is inclusive with EPSM registration and is a follow up on the workgroup meeting held at EPSM2017. A goal of the 2017 meeting was to compile a consistent set of advice that would meet requirements of TEAP 3.1.1.2, understand the physical principles and operation of film for MV and kV dosimetry. This was achieved and a discussion with ROCP followed as to what should be included in the TEAP CTG for film dosimetry. This year the meeting will review documented methods to process Gafchromic EBT3 film that are established in clinical use in Australia and NZ such that these methods can be compiled into a reference document suitable for TEAP registrars.

 

4. 3D Slicer Workshop (coordinator Steven Muir)

Date: Monday 29 October
Time: 1600 – 1800
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre – limited to 11 spaces (attendance must be confirmed at EPSM)

Registration: Included in EPSM full registration only

3D slicer (www.slicer.org) is a free software used to generate 3D models from CT data which can be printed on a 3D printer. Models can be very useful in surgery planning, particularly maxillofacial work. In this workshop participants will go through all the steps from loading a CT data set, cropping a volume of interest, thresholding the volume to extract the bone surface, separating anatomy, creating a 3D model and saving the data ready to print. Participants must supply their own laptop, with 8GB or more memory and have 3D slicer installed (download.slicer.org). We will be using two CT data sets which must also be downloaded from here and here.

If you would like to get a head start watch the online tutorials listed in the Slicer help section, such as this one.  If you attended the workshop last year, we will explore some new features which make editing a lot easier so it will be worth returning.

 

5. Particle Therapy Workshop (coordinator Scott Penfold)

Date: Thursday 1 November – post conference workshop
Time: 0900 – 1530
Venue: South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute – up to 60 spaces

Registration: NOT included in the EPSM registration.

With Australia poised to join the international particle therapy community, it is important that professionals involved in cancer treatment become familiar with this form of external beam therapy. The Particle Therapy Workshop has been prepared by the newly formed ACPSEM Particle Therapy Working Group (PTWG) for this purpose. In addition to talks delivered by experienced members of the PTWG, the Workshop will feature clinical presentations by Radiation Oncologists from the Adelaide proton therapy project, and a horizon scanning lecture by EPSM Keynote Speaker, Prof Harald Paganetti. We invite you to join us for a stimulating day of particle therapy discussions. 

Registration to this workshop will be through ACPSEM and will attract registration fee. 

 

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