Project Team

An expert team collaborating to improve workforce sustainability in Western Australia

MEET THE TEAM

Dr Georgia Halkett

Dr Georgia Halkett is a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University, commencing as a new researcher in 2006.  Dr Halkett’s program of research focuses on cancer patient’s psychosocial and information needs, communication between health professionals and cancer patients and research in radiation therapy. She has received grants worth $2,500,000, has published 50 peer reviewed articles in international journals, and presented 20 papers and three posters at National and International Conferences. Dr Halkett completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Radiation and her PhD at the University of South Australia, being only the second radiation therapist (RT) in Australia to receive a PhD. She practiced as an RT at the Royal Adelaide Hospital until 2005 when she moved to Perth.  In 2007, Dr Halkett received her Fellowship of the Institute of Radiography.

Associate Professor Janice McKay

Associate professor Jan McKay has been the Discipline Leader of Medical Imaging Science at Curtin University since 2007 and in this time has led the implementation of the four year degree in Medical Imaging Science, and is currently involved with the development of the Graduate Entry Masters in Radiation Therapy Science. Prior to joining Curtin University Jan led the development of, and was program leader for the Radiography undergraduate degree (Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Jan’s research interest is in applied education and she has received from Curtin University a Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2010, and in 2011 a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Committee.

Michael Davis – General Manager, Genesis Cancer Care WA.

Michael Davis trained as a radiation therapist through Sydney University graduating in 1994. He commenced PDY at St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst in 1995. After 7 years as a radiation therapist with St Vincent’s Hospital, Riverina Cancer Centre and the Mater Hospital Crows Nest he returned to St Vincent’s to establish the stand alone private service on the campus as the Chief RT in 2002. After 5 years he moved into the role as operations manager for ROA overseeing both St Vincent’s Private and the Mater Hospital. In 2008 Michael became the General Manager for ROA and expanded the business to include the Macquarie University hospital facility. In 2011 Michael moved to WA to take on the role of GM for Genesis Cancer Care.

Rachel Kearvell – Chief Radiation Therapist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Rachel Kearvell is the Chief Radiation Therapist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth.  Her other previous roles include Deputy Chief, RT Educator, Research Radiation Therapist and Senior Radiation Therapist.  Rachel holds a Diploma in Applied Science (Radiotherapy) and Postgraduate Diploma (Health Administration). Rachel has worked as a radiation therapist in Australia and the UK.  She is a member of the Commonwealth’s Better Access to Radiation Oncology Research Working Group and the WA representative on the AIR Radiation Therapy Advisory Panel.

David Cutt – Senior Radiation therapist and Education Officer, Genesis Cancer Care WA

David Cutt qualified as a radiation therapist in 1979 and has since worked full-time in the profession.  Now a senior radiation therapist employed by Genesis Cancer Care, as well as working clinically, he has a dual role in Education, providing support to WA's postgraduate RT students undertaking Monash University's Master of Medical Radiations (Radiation Therapy) course and facilitating onsite training to qualified RTs.

Michele Kraweic – Radiation Therapist/Clinical Educator, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Michele is a Radiation Therapist and Clinical Educator (Planning) at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. Her other previous role was Senior Radiation Therapist.  Michele has worked as a radiation therapist in Australia and the UK. She has a Joint BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Biology, and a BSc (Hons) in Radiation Therapy.

Martin Ebert – Director of Physics Research in Radiation Oncology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Martin Ebert is Director of Physics Research in Radiation Oncology at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and adjunct Professor in the School of Physics, University of Western Australia. In addition to research interests in radiotherapy physics, he has a strong commitment to seeing quality radiotherapy infrastructure being provided in Australia. This has included accrediting the first Australian centre for training Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists, participating in the academic and clinical training of physicists, radiation therapists and radiation oncologists, undertaking a national assessment of radiation dose delivery, participating in national projects aimed at collecting an evidence-base for advanced radiotherapy technologies, and developing software systems to monitor the quality of data collected during radiotherapy clinical trials.

Sharon Maresse – Sessional Lecturer, Curtin University

Sharon Maresse commenced practising Radiation Therapy in 1986 and has worked as a radiation therapist in a number of Australian clinical centres in Brisbane, Hobart and Perth.  Sharon has been a sessional lecturer in the Curtin University Medical Imaging programme since October 2010 and an honorary lecturer for the Monash University Master of Radiation Therapy programme 2003-2008. She has recently concluded a three-year project to review the Australian Institute of Radiography’s (AIR) National Professional Development Programme.  An active member of the profession, she has held a number of positions for the Tasmanian and Western Australian Branches of the AIR, their Professional Accreditation & Education Committees, the AIR’s national Professional Accreditation & Education Board and the Advanced Practice Advisory Panel.  She has MHigherEd (T&L), MHSc (MRS), DipAppSc (TherRad) and MIR.

COLLABORATORS

Professor Angela Ives

Research Assistant Professor Angela Ives (PhD –Distinction, MSc – Public Health, Dip App Sc – Diagnostic Radiography) is a Research Fellow for the Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit (CaPCREU) based at University of WA). Angela has worked in both the public and private health sector in both Australia and the UK. She has experience of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, has published widely and gained over a one million dollars in grant and scholarship funding.

Angela’s work with CaPCREU involves developing and undertaking research and evaluation projects to improve care for patients, and their families, diagnosed with cancer in WA. CaPCREU was established in 2008 and plays a significant role in the promotion of research collaboration, supports cancer and palliative care services in WA to undertake high quality health services research, and contributes to policy development and implementation through research and evaluation. As part of CaPCREU’s recent initiatives Angela is involved in actively supporting allied health professionals to undertake research and evaluation in their work setting through workshops, a grant funding scheme and mentorship.