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- Australia - Lead Country Coordinator Progress Reports
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- Australia - Lead Country Coordinator Progress Reports
- Australia - Lead Country Coordinator Progress Reports
- Australia - Lead Country Coordinator Progress Reports
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- Australia - Lead Country Coordinator Progress Reports
- Australia - Lead Country Coordinator Progress Reports
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  • RAS/6/029 - Distance-Assisted Training for Nuclear Medicine Technicians - was initiated in 1997 to improve the quality of nuclear medicine services in RCA countries by raising the standard of basic training for technicians.
    The preparation of the teaching modules will provide the basis for sustainability of the project information base after the completion of the project. The structured network encompassing country coordinator/specific hospital/supervisor/student provides a human resource support mechanism that contributes toward sustainability. The Member States will implement self-sustainable DAT Programmes after completion of the delivery of the Agency inputs under this project.
    RAS/6/029 first year of approval was 1997 and it was anticipated that the project would be completed in four years. The project was extended to the 2007/2008 TC Programming Cycle to enable the preparation of additional training modules on PET/CT and SPECT/CT and development of a website for on-line delivery and management (DATOL).
    DAT Material has been provided to eight Member States (Bangladesh, China (translated to Chinese), Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand). It has been formally introduced for use in Latin America, Eastern Europe and North Africa.
    DAT material will continue to be provided to the other Member States subject to receipt of applications that confirm the establishment of the required infrastructure to conduct the training program.
    Professor Brian Hutton is the designated Project Lead Country Coordinator.
    16 Member States participate in this project.
  • RAS/6/029 - Distance-Assisted Training for Nuclear Medicine Technicians - was initiated in 1997 to improve the quality of nuclear medicine services in RCA countries by raising the standard of basic training for technicians.
    The preparation of the teaching modules will provide the basis for sustainability of the project information base after the completion of the project. The structured network encompassing country coordinator/specific hospital/supervisor/student provides a human resource support mechanism that contributes toward sustainability. The Member States will implement self-sustainable DAT Programmes after completion of the delivery of the Agency inputs under this project.
    RAS/6/029 first year of approval was 1997 and it was anticipated that the project would be completed in four years. The project was extended to the 2007/2008 TC Programming Cycle to enable the preparation of additional training modules on PET/CT and SPECT/CT and development of a website for on-line delivery and management (DATOL).
    DAT Material has been provided to eight Member States (Bangladesh, China (translated to Chinese), Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand). It has been formally introduced for use in Latin America, Eastern Europe and North Africa.
    DAT material will continue to be provided to the other Member States subject to receipt of applications that confirm the establishment of the required infrastructure to conduct the training program.
    Professor Brian Hutton is the designated Project Lead Country Coordinator.
    16 Member States participate in this project.
  • RAS/6/029 first year of approval was 1997 and it was anticipated that the project would be completed in four years. The project was extended to the 2007/2008 TC Programming Cycle to enable the preparation of additional training modules on PET/CT and SPECT/CT and development of a website for on-line delivery and management (DATOL).
    DAT Material has been provided to eight Member States (Bangladesh, China (translated to Chinese), Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand). It has been formally introduced for use in Latin America, Eastern Europe and North Africa.
    DAT material will continue to be provided to the other Member States subject to receipt of applications that confirm the establishment of the required infrastructure to conduct the training program.
    Professor Brian Hutton is the designated Project Lead Country Coordinator.
    16 Member States participate in this project.
  • RAS/6/029 - Distance-Assisted Training for Nuclear Medicine Technicians - was initiated in 1997 to improve the quality of nuclear medicine services in RCA countries by raising the standard of basic training for technicians.
    The preparation of the teaching modules will provide the basis for sustainability of the project information base after the completion of the project. The structured network encompassing country coordinator/specific hospital/supervisor/student provides a human resource support mechanism that contributes toward sustainability. The Member States will implement self-sustainable DAT Programmes after completion of the delivery of the Agency inputs under this project.
    RAS/6/029 first year of approval was 1997 and it was anticipated that the project would be completed in four years. The project was extended to the 2007/2008 TC Programming Cycle to enable the preparation of additional training modules on PET/CT and SPECT/CT and development of a website for on-line delivery and management (DATOL).
    DAT Material has been provided to eight Member States (Bangladesh, China (translated to Chinese), Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand). It has been formally introduced for use in Latin America, Eastern Europe and North Africa.
    DAT material will continue to be provided to the other Member States subject to receipt of applications that confirm the establishment of the required infrastructure to conduct the training program.
    Professor Brian Hutton is the designated Project Lead Country Coordinator.
    16 Member States participate in this project.
  • RAS/6/029 - Distance-Assisted Training for Nuclear Medicine Technicians - was initiated in 1997 to improve the quality of nuclear medicine services in RCA countries by raising the standard of basic training for technicians.
    The preparation of the teaching modules will provide the basis for sustainability of the project information base after the completion of the project. The structured network encompassing country coordinator/specific hospital/supervisor/student provides a human resource support mechanism that contributes toward sustainability. The Member States will implement self-sustainable DAT Programmes after completion of the delivery of the Agency inputs under this project.
    RAS/6/029 first year of approval was 1997 and it was anticipated that the project would be completed in four years. The project was extended to the 2007/2008 TC Programming Cycle to enable the preparation of additional training modules on PET/CT and SPECT/CT and development of a website for on-line delivery and management (DATOL).
    DAT Material has been provided to eight Member States (Bangladesh, China (translated to Chinese), Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand). It has been formally introduced for use in Latin America, Eastern Europe and North Africa.
    DAT material will continue to be provided to the other Member States subject to receipt of applications that confirm the establishment of the required infrastructure to conduct the training program.
    Professor Brian Hutton is the designated Project Lead Country Coordinator.
    16 Member States participate in this project.
  • Additional Notes: An IAEA/RIAP partnership has been established:
    to assist in the ongoing coordination of DAT and prepare for the next phase for pilot testing of the new modules in 2009 after RAS/6/029 is closed.
    Test the new SPECT/CT and PET/CT materials through the new website delivery, assessment and monitoring system. This will take most of 2009 to implement and evaluate.
    In addition, the RIAP and UCL are collaborating, under contract, on the design and setup modules and complementary computer aided demonstrations for on-line learning.
  • The Project Lead Country Coordinator is Professor John Drew.
    Professor Brian Thomas is the administrative coordinator of the project to oversee the pilot of clinical training in Asia.
    There are sixteen (16) Member States participating in this project.
  • RAS/6/038 - Strengthening Medical Physics through Education and Training.
    Aim - to improve capability and capacity in medical physics in the region through the establishment of regional approaches on education and training of medical physicists; and to improve and upgrade safe operating practices and technical standards in the region through the establishment of a common quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program.
  • The original approval of this project was in 2003. The project however had limited success which was attributed to the objectives of the project being too broad and due to several other constraints. The project objectives were revised and approved for implementation in 2005/2006.
    The project now focuses on the development of clinical training programmes for Medical Physicists in Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology, and Nuclear Medicine. The training modules will enable trainee Medical Physicists to gain the competencies required by a Medical Physicist to work unsupervised. Guidelines on the use of the Training Modules and the assistance of Experts will be provided to the Member states to assist them in the use of the Training Modules. The project is anticipated to be completed by 2012.
  • Aim - to review the work of the project RAS6038 in developing clinical training guides and to discuss the pilot implementation of this work currently in radiation oncology, and later in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine.
    The National Project Coordinators were briefed on the objectives of the project and the achievements reached. This included a thorough review of the clinical training material produced so far and the status of the pilot program.The coordinators were impressed with the training material which has been developed and agreed that the program to date had been an outstanding success.There was considerable interest from many Member States to incorporate the material into their own programs and renewed interest in joining the pilot program. These include India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Japan.
    The NPC Meeting concluded that the RAS/6/038 will significantly contribute to the improvement of the standard of Medical Physics in the region; that significant progress has been made in implementing the project during the past three years; and that improvement of the standard of Medical Physics in the region is a high priority.
  • The pilot program for testing the clinical training modules for radiation oncology medical physics is progressing well although it has been disappointing in the take up by Member States.There are now two Member States participating – Thailand and The Philippines. There are two other Member States where there is considerable interest but the entrenched politics seems to be preventing its introduction.
    Experts of first mission reported good progress of the pilot program in THA. Lessons learned from the introduction of the pilot program there were discussed at the second expert mission to PHI.
  • The development of clinical training modules for diagnostic radiology medical physics is progressing at a rapid rate, following the path developed by the radiation oncology medical physics program. There has been substantial progress in the development of the clinical training guidelines modules which are nearing completion.
    A meeting to launch the process is scheduled for late 2009 with the first pilot site expected to be operational by 2010.
    RTC aim - to provide training in clinical diagnostic radiology dosimetry to improve the measurement and understanding of the dose delivered to patients undergoing diagnostic radiology examinations.
  • The radiation oncology publication includes:
    - the guide to clinical training competencies and assessment
    - handbook for residents
    - handbook for clinical supervisors
    - handbook on implementation.
    Interest from other regions – Latin America and ARASIA group have requested access to documentation for application to their own regions.
  • ESG = Expert Steering Group
  • RAS/7/016 - Establishment of a Benchmark for Assessing the Radiological Impact of Nuclear Power Activities on the Marine Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • The objectives of this project are:
    To assist RCA Member States to develop and strengthen coordinated regional marine radioactivity monitoring programmes designed to yield results that are useful, verifiable, and transferable (i.e., harmonized) to meet regional objectives;
    To refine assessments of risks involved in eating sea foods by establishing dose responses and transfer factors specific and appropriate to the marine biota found in the region;
    To update and maintain the regional database as an ongoing repository for new data generated from monitoring programs, and to enhance the utility of this regional resource for analysing trends and understanding the fate and behaviour of key radionuclides in the marine environment; and
    To establish a documented quality management system (QMS) for regional marine radioactivity monitoring programmes and for data generated by Member States.
  • Aim 1st RTC - to provide specific training in the theoretical background, practical applications and interpretation of state-of-the-art radioecology techniques for determination of contaminant bioaccumulation potential in aquatic organisms, the subsequent transfer of contaminants to higher tropic levels in the food web and assessment of dose to these organisms.
    Aim 2nd RTC - to provide specific training in the theoretical background, practical applications and interpretation of state-of-the-art radioanalytical methodologies for measurements and sampling of radionuclides in marine environmental samples, i.e. sediments, waters and biota.
    The format of these 2 courses, focusing separately on radioecology and radiochemistry, proved to be much more participant-oriented. Previous courses encompassed both radioecology and radiochemistry and separating these two sub-topics into distinct courses was definitely more efficient in technology transfer and training of the participants. This was reflected in a high standard of examination results and the ability of participants to relay the information to other NPT members.
  • All participating Member States have established National Project Teams, collaborating agencies and end-users.
    Several Member States are requesting support in ecological risk assessment, stable isotope applications and quality management procedures.
    These requests will be met in 2009 through the development of project-specific QMS documentation, RTCs on isotope tracers and risk assessment, and expert missions.
  • THA – seeking financial support from national research bodies to complete project objectives, although country report doesn’t list any particular deficiencies.
    INS – would like complementary project to carry out sediment transport modelling, using radiotracers, in coastal area of the Muria Peninsula – to examine possible contribution of waste from coal-fired power plant.
    MAL - shortage of analytical staff - lack of counting equipment (alpha and gamma spect) to analyse marine sediments and biota samples.- lack of specialist knowledge in interpreting data from uptake experiments.- may request expert mission to supervise and evaluate the bioaccumulation studies and risk assessment analysis using radiological modelling.
    BGD – shortage of professional staff to oversee technical work. Scientific staff are engaged in routine laboratory work. They suggest funding for temporary fellowships would help.- facility development for radioecology experiments needed.- ISO documents for QMS development.
  • RAS/8/107 - Intensification of Productivity in Coal, Minerals and Petrochemical Industries using Nucleonic Analysis Systems (NAS) and Radiotracers.
  • The overall objective of the project is to advance the region's capability to apply and routinely use nuclear techniques to solve complex problems in the coal, solid minerals, and oil and gas industries. The specific objectives are:
    to promote and transfer the NAS technology for the coal and solid minerals industries through regional demonstrations, training and related activities;
    to promote and transfer the radiotracer and sealed source techniques for investigation of industrial multiphase systems through regional demonstrations, training and related activities;
    improvement of productivity and reduced operational risk in key industries such as petroleum, petrochemicals, gas and mineral industries.
  • REMM – To introduce to the participants the fast and reliable nucleonic methods for quality control of mined mineral products - where industry end-users can familiarise themselves with advantages of using nuclear techniques and can be assured of their safety.
    Nucleonic Analysis Systems = NAS
    Mid-term progress review meeting - to review and evaluate the progress made so far by the Member States and to fine-tune the proposed future activities to ensure successful completion of the project and ensure its sustainability.
    RTC in CPR - to train participants in using the nucleonic bulk analysers for quality control of metalliferous ores, industrial metal ores and cement, during mineral processing operations.
    RTC in IND - to demonstrate and train participants in using Radiotracers & CFD techniques for validation of CFD models with RTD (Residence Time Distribution) in multiphase reactors.
  • Invitation to PLCC - Recognition of the successful work and achievements of the entire RAS/8/107 Project Team.
    Project is helping to develop close links with oil, coal and mineral producers and water resource managers.
    Generating income through provision of services to industry.
  • The constraints dealing with lack of equipment, the unsatisfactory exchange of equipment and lack of technical support can be dealt with in a coordinated way by IAEA/RCA effort using special funds available under the TC budget.
    The constraint on avoidance of nuclear techniques due to perceived radiological risks is very common, even in countries where the techniques are well-developed. The best way to deal with this is to create a better awareness of in-built safety measures in both nuclear instrumentation and nuclear technology procedures. An effective way of facilitating this is through the Regional and National Executive Managers Seminars, such as that held in April in Vietnam last year (to which I referred earlier).
  • Recommendations as put by the PLCC.
  • RAS/9/042 - Sustainability of Regional Radiation Protection Infrastructure.
    This was a new project in the 2007/2008 cycle.
    The Project Lead Country Coordinator is Mr David Woods.
    There are sixteen (16) participating member states:
    Australia, Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam.
  • The key aim is assist member states to move to self-sustainability and regional self-reliance in order for them to maintain an adequate radiation protection infrastructure.
    Its focus is on regional sustainability of radiation protection infrastructures and their self-sufficiency leading to maintenance of safe practices, reduction of radiation exposures and minimisation of the occurrences of radiation related accidents. The project will also contribute to increased applications of nuclear techniques for peaceful purposes.
  • Interventional Cardiology is a significant dose contributor to patients and staff and requires optimisation and dissemination of good practices and procedures to cardiologists. A network of cardiologists in radiation protection was launched in 2007. It consisted of those cardiologists who have undergone IAEA training on radiation protection. The aim of this group is to enhance cooperation among cardiologists on radiation safety in cardiac catheterisation procedures and those using ionizing radiation.
    The purpose of the meeting of the Focal Group was to review the progress made by cardiologists in comparing regional and international practices in the radiation protection aspects of their work and to identify where improvements could be made to optimise doses to patients and minimise the dose to the cardiologists and their staff.
    Newsletters (4 to date) have been issued to disseminate ideas and information throughout the cardiologist profession in the Region.
    Project moving actively towards sustainability. It is hoped that by 2010 the technical support form the IAEA could be reduced and eventually phase out to achieve both financial and technical sustainability.
  • The RCA Regulator’s Forum in Radiation Protection was formed in 2007. This component of the project aims at setting up a Regulator’s Forum for electronic communication between regulators as well as regular face-to-face discussion forums on topics of regulatory interest to the region.
  • ARAN - Supports the development of a sustainable regional network, which facilitates information, findings and data exchange and practical and cost effective implementation of radiation protection, according to the ALARA principle for occupational exposures, in participating countries.
    The activities of the network cover all types of civilian practices within the different sectors: nuclear, industrial, medical, research, and work with naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM), technically enhanced NORM (TENORM) and scrap material.
    The intention is to set up ARAN using initial funding from the IAEA and to move towards the European self-sustaining model during the project.
    The first workshop covered topics such as:
    - Accidents/Incidents in industrial radiography, and lessons learned- Regulatory requirements for radiation protection in industrial radiography,- Techniques and equipment used in industrial radiography;- Occupational exposure trends in industrial radiography; and- Training programs in industrial radiography to improve radiation protection.
  • Of the participants, 8 were emergency response decision makers and 3 were radiation specialists.
    The presentations and a table top exercise given at the Meeting provided the participants with sufficient information for them to decide to form an IAEA RCA “Forum for enhanced decision making for radiation emergency management.”
  • 2nd ARAN Workshop on Radiation Protection in NORM-producing Industries, 12-16 October, CPR.
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    • 1. - Australia - Lead Country Coordinator Progress Reports
    • 2. Projects 1. Distance-Assisted Training for Nuclear Medicine Technicians (RAS/6/029) 2. Strengthening Medical Physics through Education and Training (RAS/6/038) 3. Establishment of a Benchmark for Assessing the Radiological Impact of Nuclear Power Activities on the Marine Environment in the Asia-Pacific region (RAS/7/016) 4. Intensification of Productivity in Coal, Minerals and Petrochemical Industries using Nucleonic Analysis Systems (NAS) and Radiotracers (RAS/8/107) 5. Sustainability of Regional Radiation Protection Infrastructure (RAS/9/042)
    • 3. Distance-Assisted Training (DAT) for Nuclear Medicine Technicians (RAS/6/029) • Approved 1997 for 4 years, extended to 2007-08 • PLCC: Professor Brian Hutton • 16 participating Member States: AUL INS MON SIN BGD JPN MYA SRL CPR ROK PAK THA IND MAL PHI VIE
    • 4. Objectives • To improve the quality of nuclear medicine services in RCA countries by raising the standard of basic training for technicians. • The preparation of the teaching modules will provide the basis for sustainability of the project information base after the completion of the project. • The structured network encompassing country coordinator/ specific hospital/ supervisor/ student will provide a human resource support mechanism that contributes toward sustainability. • The MSs will implement self-sustainable DAT Programs after completion of the delivery of Agency support under this project.
    • 5. Background • RAS/6/029 first year of approval was 1997 and it was anticipated that the project would be completed in 4 years. • Project was extended to the 2007/2008 TC Programming Cycle to enable the preparation of additional training modules on PET/CT and SPECT/CT and development of a website for on-line delivery and management (DATOL). • DAT material has been provided to 8 MSs (BGD, CPR, MAL, MYA, PAK, PHI, SIN, THA) and formally introduced for use in Latin America, Eastern Europe and North Africa. • DAT material will continue to be provided to the other MSs subject to confirmation of the required infrastructure they have established to conduct the training program.
    • 6. 2008 Activities • Preparation and development of additional training modules on PET/CT and SPECT/CT:  Technical Writer’s Meeting: 3-5 March, Vienna, 7 experts from UK and AUL  Modules peer-reviewed by international panel at the Editorial Advisory Meeting on New Teaching Materials of DAT Program: 8-9 September, Vienna, 10 experts from 5 MSs • RIAP (Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific) of Sydney Uni, in collaboration with University College London (UCL), are developing website for the DAT Program (DATOL) – Heather Patterson (RIAP) and Brian Hutton (UCL). • Dr Patterson attended EANM’08 (European Association of Nuclear Medicine) in Munich, 11-15 October, to present the DAT program and seek feedback from specialists in nuclear medicine training.
    • 7. 2008 Achievements • Development of DAT Part 2 training materials by technical writers in UK/ AUL. • Materials have been edited for final distribution and implementation of web delivery (DATOL). • Modules have been refined and now available for use by Member States.
    • 8. Planned Activities for 2009 • Further implementation of web delivery. • Final meeting of RAS/6/029:  RTC to ‘Train the Trainer’ – 24-27 March, SIN  Introduce the new modules to national DAT coordinators  Provide training in use of DAT website for program delivery and monitoring student progress  Included representatives from Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe • Following RTC, the new modules and method of delivery will be evaluated in several countries. • DATOL will continue under the direction of the Nuclear Medicine Section, Division of Human Health, and be coordinated through RIAP.
    • 9. Constraints • The final testing of the developed materials lies outside the current project. • Maintenance and currency of modules: Monitoring of DAT use and ‘de-bugging’ of new web facility Improvements needed based on user feedback Ongoing updates as technology, protocols and regulations change Support for new (and current) users.
    • 10. Comments and Questions
    • 11. Strengthening Medical Physics through Education and Training (RAS/6/038) • Initiated 2003, objectives revised for 2005-06 • PLCC: Professor John Drew • 16 participating Member States: AUL INS MON SIN BGD JPN MYA SRL CPR ROK PAK THA IND MAL PHI VIE
    • 12. Objectives • To improve capability and capacity in medical physics in the region through the establishment of regional approaches on education and training of medical physicists. • To improve and upgrade safe operating practices and technical standards in the region through the establishment of a common quality assurance/ quality control (QA/QC) program.
    • 13. Background • Original approval of this project was in 2003. • Project had limited success, attributed to the objectives being too broad and several other constraints. The objectives were revised for implementation in 2005/06. • Project now focuses on the development of clinical training programs for Medical Physicists in Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology, and Nuclear Medicine. • The training modules will enable trainee Medical Physicists to gain the competencies required to work unsupervised. • Guidelines on the use of the Training Modules, and the assistance of experts, will be provided to the MSs. • Project is anticipated to be completed by 2012.
    • 14. 2008 Activities • NPC Meeting to review the Status of Medical Physics in the Region:  26-28 May, Dhaka, BGD, 18 participants  Review of clinical training material produced to date  Status report of pilot program  Member States to incorporate the material into their own programs
    • 15. 2008 Activities (cont.) Pilot program for testing the clinical training modules for radiation oncology medical physics:  Two Member States participating – THA, PHI: - Expert mission 5-9 August to THA to review status of pilot program there. - Expert mission 30 September-4 October to PHI to provide support for a ‘National Training Program on Clinical Training of Radiation Oncology Medical Physics’ – lectures and advice on the establishment and running of the program.  The pilot programs are nationally based with each site having a national coordinator. An external coordinator, Prof Brian Thomas, oversees the operation of each national program and provides advice.
    • 16. 2008 Activities (cont.) Development of clinical training modules for diagnostic radiology medical physics:  Expert mission to assist in drafting clinical guidelines for training of diagnostic radiology medical physicists, 7-11 July, ROK.  Regional Training Course on ‘Medical Physics in Diagnostic Radiology’, 25-29 November, PHI, 24 participants.  Five home-based contracts to assist in creating the modules (UK, AUL x 2, MAL, USA).
    • 17. 2008 Activities (cont.) Other activities in diagnostic radiology medical physics:  Trial of comprehensive clinical audit in diagnostic radiology was carried out in MAL, 11-15 August. Two experts from AUL, one from USA.
    • 18. 2008 Achievements • The radiation oncology clinical training process is described by 7 complementary documents which have been combined for publication. • Substantial progress in the development of clinical training modules for diagnostic radiology medical physics, following the path of the radiation oncology medical physics program. • Interest from IND, MAL, PAK and JPN to join the Nuclear Medical Physics pilot program for testing the clinical training modules. • The work of RAS6038 in the development of clinical training material has attracted significant interest from other regions. Final documentation will be submitted to the new IAEA Interregional project INT6054 on education in medical physics.
    • 19. Planned Activities for 2009 • RTC in Nuclear Medicine QA for Medical Physicists, 18–22 February, BGD. • Expert mission to support THA clinical training and to VIE to determine status of medical physics education/ future needs, 28 February-11 March. • Expert mission to assist in training in TRS430 (Commissioning and Quality Assurance of Computerized Planning Systems for Radiation Treatment of Cancer), 22-24 May, PHI. • ESG Meeting to draft clinical guidelines for Nuclear Medicine, 25-29 May, Vienna.
    • 20. Planned Activities for 2009 (cont.) • Regional meeting for national trainers to initiate trialling of the diagnostic radiology medical physics speciality clinical training program, 16-20 November, MAL. • Expert Steering Group (Nuclear Medicine) meeting to review modules and organise trialling, 7-11 December, PHI. • Additional activities associated with clinical training trials in radiation oncology medical physics if new trial sites are implemented (IND, possibly MAL or PAK).
    • 21. Summary of Future Activities RAS/6/038 • Continuation in pilot implementation of clinical training in radiation oncology. • Continuation of development of clinical training guide in diagnostic radiology. • Development of clinical training guide for material on nuclear medicine. • Establishment of pilot test sites and training material for physicists specialising in diagnostic radiology and in nuclear medicine. • Review of the pilot sites and training material for all three specialisations.
    • 22. Constraints • MS Government support and commitment is necessary to train Medical Physicists using the clinical training modules. • There is a wide variation in the current status of training of Medical Physicists in the MSs and each MS should use the training material to suit local conditions .
    • 23. Comments and Questions
    • 24. Establishment of a Benchmark for Assessing the Radiological Impact of Nuclear Power Activities on the Marine Environment in the Asia-Pacific region (RAS/7/016) • New 2007, estimated completion 2010 • PLCC: Mr Ron Szymczak • 13 participating Member States AUL INS MYA THA BGD ROK PAK SIN CPR MAL PHI VIE IND
    • 25. Objectives • To assist MSs to develop and strengthen coordinated regional marine radioactivity monitoring programs. • To refine assessments of risks involved in eating seafood by establishing dose responses and transfer factors specific to the marine biota found in the region. • To update and maintain the regional database as an ongoing repository for new data generated from monitoring programs, and to enhance the utility of this regional resource for analysing trends and understanding the fate and behaviour of key radionuclides in the marine environment. • To establish a documented quality management system (QMS) for regional marine radioactivity monitoring programs and for data generated by MSs.
    • 26. 2008 Activities • RTC on Establishment of Transfer Factors and Dose Assessment for Marine Organisms from Contaminants Released from Nuclear Activities, 18-29 February, ROK, 24 participants. • RTC on Application of Agreed Nuclear Techniques to Measurement of Nuclear Contaminants in Marine Systems, 27 May - 6 June, IND, 23 participants.
    • 27. 2008 Achievements • Focus on radioecology and transfer factors (rather than both radioecology and radiochemistry) was more efficient in technology transfer and training to participants. • National Project teams and End-users have been identified by all participating MSs. • Most participating MSs have undertaken extensive marine sampling and analysis programs as part of the project. • Several MSs established accredited Quality Management Systems (QMS) at Institutional, National and International level and/or participated in QA/QC activities.
    • 28. Planned Activities for 2009 • Mid-Term Progress Review Meeting, 20-24 April, IND. • RTC on ‘Application of Nuclear & Stable Isotope Tracers to Determine the Fate & Behaviour of Nuclear Contaminants in Marine Systems’, 11-22 May, INS. • RTC on ‘Establishment of Dose Response and Risk Assessment for Marine Organisms from Contaminants Released from Nuclear Activities’, 20-31 July, Monaco.
    • 29. Planned Activities for 2009 • TM on ‘Implementation of Total Quality Management System Guidelines for Monitoring the Impacts of Nuclear Activities in the Marine Environment’, 7-11 September, VIE. • The project will provide support to the development of QMS in MSs that do not already have such systems in place through the development of project-specific Quality Management System documentation.
    • 30. Constraints • Shortage of human resources, technical and professional, in some MSs. • Under-developed experimental and analytical facilities in some MSs. • PHI and THA seeking national financial support for work programs.
    • 31. Comments and Questions
    • 32. Intensification of Productivity in Coal, Minerals and Petrochemical Industries using Nucleonic Analysis Systems (NAS) and Radiotracers (RAS/8/107) • New 2007, estimated duration 2 years • PLCC: Dr Jacek Charbucinski • 14 participating Member States: AUL INS NZL SRI BGD ROK PAK THA CPR MON PHI VIE IND MYA
    • 33. Objectives • Overall objective of the project is to advance the region's capability to apply and routinely use nuclear techniques to solve complex problems in the coal, minerals, and oil and gas industries. • The specific objectives are:  To promote and transfer NAS technology for the coal and minerals industries through regional demonstrations, training and related activities.  To likewise promote and transfer radiotracer and sealed source techniques for investigation of industrial multiphase systems.  Improvement of productivity and reduced operational risk in key industries such as petroleum, petrochemicals, oil/ gas and minerals.
    • 34. 2008 Activities • REMM (Regional Executive Management Meeting) on Benefits of Industrial Applications of NAS in Exploration and Mining, 7-10 April, VIE, 20 participants. • Mid-Term Progress Review Meeting, 12-16 May, ROK, 15 participants. • RTC on Off-Belt Analysis of Metalliferous Ores and Cement Quality by NAS, 13-17 October, CPR, 16 participants. • RTC on Validation of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) Models of Multiphase Systems Using Radiotracers, 1-4 December, IND, 11 participants.
    • 35. 2008 Achievements • Industrial application (oil/gas and coal exploration, mineral resources, water resource development) of Nucleonic Analysis Systems (NAS) in BGD, IND, PAK, SRL, THA. • Development of:  Data logging software for γ-scanning (THA)  Pilot dynamic flow distribution system simulating flow patterns encountered in diverse industries (ROK)  Single radioactive particle tracking technique and 32-channel data acquisition system (IND)  Tomography for scanning for visualisation of scale deposits in geothermal and petrochemical pipes (INS) • Success in securing IAEA support to demonstrate and implement NAS technology for mineral resources exploration/ exploitation (PAK), and providing a safer working environment for tracer injection work (SRL).
    • 36. • Invitation to PLCC to deliver a presentation on ‘A Perspective on Technology Transfer into Gulf Co- operation Council (GCC) Countries: Lessons Learnt from a Project on Nuclear Technology for Mineral and Exploration Industry’, at the International Symposium – ‘Peaceful Application of Nuclear Technologies in the GCC Countries’, 3-5 November, Saudi Arabia. • Outcomes of work being disseminated through journal publications and at international conferences. • Success in gaining financial and equipment support from National governments – CPR, VIE. • Success in delivering to industry across all MSs assures long term sustainability of NAS. 2008 Achievements (cont.)
    • 37. Constraints • Acute shortage of manpower and availability of hardware in some MSs. • Limited availability of tracers and suitable radiation sources in one MS. • In some cases nuclear techniques avoided for industrial problem solving due to perceived radiation safety problems. • Shortage of mutual scientific and technical visits between project teams of RCA MSs.
    • 38. Recommendations • Assistance from Agency to streamline the movement of sources and equipment between the participating MS countries. Transboundary issues? • Radiation safety training where needed. MSs or Agency? • Examine level of support and frequency of expert missions. MS to request further support if necessary. • Examine notion of mutual scientific and technical visits between project teams of RCA Member States – TCDC?
    • 39. Comments and Questions
    • 40. Sustainability of Regional Radiation Protection Infrastructure (RAS/9/042) • New 2007, estimated completion 2010 • PLCC: David Woods, transferred in January 2009 to Japan (Dr Kazuo Sakai) for 2009-10 • 16 participating Member States: AUL INS MYA SIN BGD JPN NZL SRI CPR MAL PAK THA IND MON PHI VIE
    • 41. Objectives • To assist MSs to move to self-sustainability and regional self-reliance in maintaining an adequate radiation protection infrastructure. • To maintain safe practices, reduction of radiation exposures and minimisation of the occurrences of radiation related accidents.
    • 42. 2008 Activities • Meeting of Focal Group of Interventional Cardiologists in Radiation Protection, 24-26 June, THA, 13 experts. • TM of the RCA Regulators Forum on Regional Priority Issues and Solutions, 5-7 August, PHI, 16 participants. • First Workshop of the Asia Region ALARA Network (ARAN), Improving Radiation Protection in Industrial Radiography, 5-7 November, JPN, 32 participants. • Regional Meeting for Emergency Management Decision Makers, 17-19 November, IND, 19 participants.
    • 43. 2008 Achievements Asian Network of Cardiologists in Radiation Protection • Meeting of Focal Group of Interventional Cardiologists in Radiation Protection updated the progress made on optimising doses to patients and minimising the dose to the cardiologists and their staff. • Network launched newsletter in 2007; three issues in 2008. • Extension of network activities moving towards inter- regional cooperation with links to Latin America, the USA and Europe. • Radiation protection sessions were organised at the ‘4th Conference of the Asian Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics’ (June, THA), and a plenary lecture on radiation protection at the ‘1st Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society’ meeting (November, SIN).
    • 44. 2008 Achievements (cont.) RCA Regulator’s Forum in Radiation Protection • First technical meeting of the Regulator’s Forum with the theme, ‘Regional Priority Issues and Solutions’, held in PHI in August:  Ratified the Forum’s structure, terms of reference, and operational mechanisms.  Information structure developed for RaSaReN (Radiation Safety Regulators’ Network) web platform.  RCA Regulator’s Forum Action Plan developed for 08- 10.  Identified priority issues for radiation protection regulators in the region. • Forum should be self-sustaining beyond 2010.
    • 45. 2008 Achievements (cont.) Asia Region ALARA Network (ARAN) • 1st Workshop of the Asia Region ALARA Network (ARAN), Improving Radiation Protection in Industrial Radiography, held in JPN in November:  Opportunity for participants to bench mark the radiation protection status in industrial radiography practice.  Consensus on need for improving the safety culture in the industrial radiography sector.  Developed set of recommendations on improving radiation protection in industrial radiography in the region.  ARAN self-funding mechanisms should be achieved through a combination of Industry, Professional Association and Government funding.
    • 46. 2008 Achievements (cont.) Asia Region Emergency Management Decision Makers Network • Regional Meeting for Emergency Management Decision Makers in IND in November led to the formation of:  IAEA RCA ‘Forum for enhanced decision making for radiation emergency management’. - Forum objective - “To enhance the nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response system of MSs.” - Membership, terms of reference and activities for the Forum were proposed. - Steering Committee consists of one member from each MS at the meeting. Australia nominated as SC Chair for the first year. - Bangladesh to host a secure web page for the Forum members to communicate and share information and experience.
    • 47. • Mid-term Progress Review Meeting, 9-13 February, PHI. • RTC on Field Exercises and Decision-making Processes for Emergency Management Decision-makers, 7-11 September, AUL. • 2nd ARAN Workshop on Radiation Protection in NORM- producing Industries, 12-16 October, CPR. • Regional Seminar of Radiation Protection Regulators on Sharing Best Practices in Managing Disused Sources and Networking, 26-30 October, INS. Planned Activities for 2009
    • 48. Constraints • ARAN Workshop: Communication difficulties in planning, implementation and participation of the first workshop. Optimal balance between reporting on individual national situations and producing recommendations on improving radiation protection in industrial radiography in the region was not achieved – to be addressed at next workshop. • The Emergency Response component had difficulties with the late issue by the hosts of letters supporting visa applications for those attending the Regional Meeting.
    • 49. Comments and Questions
    • 50. Thank You

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