Dr Ron Cameron
RCA National Representative
- Australia -
Lead Country Coordinator
Progress Reports
Projects
1. Distance-Assisted Training for Nuclear
Medicine Technicians (RAS/6/029):
• Approved 1997 for 4 years;
• Extend...
3. Establishment of a Benchmark for
Assessing the Radiological Impact
of Nuclear Power Activities on the
Marine Environmen...
4. Intensification of Productivity in Coal,
Minerals and Petrochemical Industries
using Nucleonic Analysis Systems (NAS)
a...
Distance-Assisted Training for
Nuclear Medicine Technicians
(RAS/6/029)
• LCC: Professor Brian Hutton
• 16 participating M...
Overview
INPUTS
• The DAT project first commenced as the RCA project
RAS/6/022 in 1994 and then progressed to project
RAS/...
Overview
OUTPUTS
• The DAT program has been demonstrated to be
cost effective and well-suited to local needs.
• Through co...
Overview
OUTCOMES
The application of the project outputs of
modules, assignments and assessment
strategies has now being t...
Overview
The project has exceeded its goals and is a
visible demonstration of the success and impact
that the RCA projects...
The Future
While individual IAEA Member States will be
expected to institute their own sustainability
strategies for DAT, ...
The Future
In moving forward with the future DAT activities
it will be important to establish firm policies on a
number of...
The Future
Sustainability at the regional level is difficult to
address without some catalytic support from the
Agency. Wi...
The Future
The Research Institute for Asia and Pacific
(RIAP) at Sydney University will be undertaking
some tasks to assis...
Strengthening Medical Physics
through Education and Training
(RAS/6/038)
• LCC: Professor John Drew
• 16 participating Mem...
2007 Achievements
• Experts meeting held 8-12 January:
Finalisation of clinical modules;
Planning of Regional Training P...
• Thailand was first to trial the CTP:
 Regional Meeting for National Trainers held
25-26 June, Bangkok, Thailand;
 Nati...
• November:
 Prospectus & registration of interest in CTP
pilot program issued to Member States;
 LCC met with local med...
Planned Activities for 2008
• Experts meeting scheduled for July in
Seoul to continue the development of the
modules of th...
Establishment of a Benchmark
for Assessing the Radiological
Impact of Nuclear Power
Activities on the Marine
Environment i...
AUL INS MYA THA
BGD ROK PAK SIN
CPR MAL PHI VIE
IND
• LCC: Mr Ron Szymczak
• 13 participating Member States
2007 Achievements
• Project Planning meeting held 9-13 July:
Nomination of host countries for regional
events to be held ...
Key Constraints
• Delays obtaining agreement from Member
States to host regional events required a
revised work plan to be...
Planned Activities for 2008
• RTC on Establishment of Transfer Factors &
Dose Assessment for Marine Organisms from
Contami...
Intensification of Productivity in
Coal, Minerals and
Petrochemical Industries using
Nucleonic Analysis Systems
(NAS) and ...
• LCC: Dr Jacek Charbucinski
• 14 participating Member States:
AUL INS NZL SRI
BGD ROK PAK THA
CPR MON PHI VIE
IND MYA
2007 Achievements
• Project Planning Meeting:
 5-9 March, Daejeon, Republic of Korea;
 25 participants.
• Technical Meet...
• Regional Training Course - In-Situ
Analysis of Coal Quality:
 28 October – 1 November, Dhaka,
Bangladesh;
 21 particip...
Planned Activities for 2008
• Regional Executive Management
Seminar:
Benefits of Industrial Applications of NAS in
Explor...
• Regional Training Course:
Off-Belt Analysis of Mineral Products;
Scheduled for October in China.
• Technical Meeting o...
Sustainability of Regional
Radiation Protection
Infrastructure (RAS/9/042)
• LCC: David Woods
• 16 participating Member St...
2007 Achievements
• Focal Group Meeting of Interventional
Cardiologists in Radiation Protection:
 17-18 March, Malaysia;
...
• Expert Mission to set up Emergency
Exercises:
 2-4 April, Chernobyl/Vienna;
 3 experts, funded through RAS/9/032.
• Pr...
• Regional Field Exercise in Chernobyl
Exclusion Zone for Extended Response by
Radiological Assessors:
14-18 May, Ukraine...
• Meeting for the Establishment of a
Regional Forum for Regulators:
 15-19 October, Vienna;
 16 participants, 3 experts,...
• Meeting to Establish a Regional ALARA
Network:
 3-5 December, Republic of Korea;
 11 participants, 3 experts, 9 Member...
Key Constraint
• Incorrect nominations from Member
States against prospectus specifications
for each activity.
Project Coordination
Amendment
• Project coordination of RAS/9/042 to be
transferred from Australia (Mr David
Woods) to Ja...
Questions
Thank You
• Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific
(RIAP) of the University of Sydney
partnership established with the IAEA to:...
Planned Activities for 2008
• Technical Writer’s Meeting to be held
3-5 March.
• Final preparation of the modules to be
co...
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  • Australia is the designated lead country for five (5) out of the twenty (20) RCA projects approved for the 2007/2008 cycle.
    These are:
    Distance-Assisted Training for Nuclear Medicine Technicians (RAS/6/029);
    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.
    The project has been funded until the end of this year (2008).
    Strengthening Medical Physics through Education and Training (RAS/6/038);
    This project, which was initiated in 2003.
    The project objectives were revised and approved for implementation in 2005/2006.
    Current approvals indicate that the project is expected to be completed in 2012
  • 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);
    This project commenced in 2007 with an estimated duration of four years. The project had a delayed start, however with revisions having been undertaken to the project scope and boundaries, the project, if it operates according to the revised workplan is remains on track for completion by 2010.
  • Intensification of Productivity in Coal, Minerals and Petrochemical Industries using Nucleonic Analysis Systems (NAS) and Radiotracers (RAS/8/107);
    This was a new project that was approved to commence under the 2007/2008 TC Programming Cycle and is anticipated to be completed within a two year time frame.
    Sustainability of Regional Radiation Protection Infrastructure (RAS/9/042).
    The objective of this project, which commenced in 2007, is to assist RCA Member States to sustain their radiation protection infrastructures. The estimated duration of the project is four years with core approvals obtained until 2010.
  • RAS/6/029 - Distance-Assisted Training for Nuclear Medicine Technicians - was initiated in 1997 to address the need for formal training to be available to Nuclear Medicine Technologists.
    This project originally commenced as an AusAID funded project to address the need to provide formal training to Nuclear Medicine Technologists. Firstly in 1994 under the RCA project RAS/6/022 “Strengthening Nuclear medicine in RCA Member States” (that ran from 1993-1998). In 1997 the next round of AusAID funding for the RCA supported the follow on project RAS/6/029. A RCARO success story was issued in 2007 in relation to 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.
    The material and guidelines developed during RAS/6/2022 and RAS/6/039 were finalized in 2005. 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 programme.
    Professor Brian Hutton is the designated Project Lead Country Coordinator.
    16 Member States participate in this project:
    Australia, Bangladesh, Peoples’ Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand & Vietnam.
  • RAS/6/038 - Strengthening Medical Physics through Education and Training.
    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 Physicist (a Resident) 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.
    The Project Lead Country Coordinator is Professor John Drew.
    Professor Brian Thomas has been appointed as 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 which are:
    Australia, Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • During the 2007 period a number of activities occurred:
    An experts meeting was held in Vienna from the 8-12 January to finalise the clinical modules, plan a regional training program and undertake planning to implement the clinical training program. During this meeting the modules were completed in essence and other documentation required for the program was discussed.
    In order to finalise and complete additional documentation required for the program, three home based contracts were issued to Lisa Duggan, Brian Thomas and John Drew.
  • The first country selected to trial the clinical training program was Thailand.
    A meeting of national trainers was held in Bangkok from the 25-26 June. This was followed by a training workshop, 27-28 June which was specifically designed to provide training to the Thai clinical supervisors who were to be involved in the trail. During the meeting and workshop, experts undertook an inspection of the four proposed Thai clinical training sites.
    A pilot of the RCA training program commenced in August 2007 with ten (10) residents undertaking the program in Thailand.
    The Lead Country Coordinator met with local medical physicists in November in Thailand to discuss the progression of the pilot program.
    An experts meeting to commence developing a clinical training program specifically for Radiology Medical Physicists was held 29 October – 2 November in the Philippines.
    The meeting focused on the development of an initial outline of the modules and plan of action.
  • During November a prospectus was issued to all participating Member States which invited them to register expressions of interest to become involved in the pilot of the clinical training program. Two (2) additional Members States namely, Sri Lanka and the Philippines responded with interest.
    The Lead Country Coordinator met with medical physicists from the Philippines also in November to discuss the implementation of clinical training in the future under the pilot program. While in Manila he also delivered an invited lecture to the 5th South East Asian Congress of Medical Physics (SEACOMP) Conference held 21-23 November.
    An IAEA/RCA Regional Training Course on the Implementation of the International Code of Practice for Radiotherapy Dosimetry (IAEA TRS-398) based on absorbed dose to water standards was held in Singapore from the 5-8 December. Positive feedback was received post-course.
  • The current activity scheduled for 2008 is to hold an experts meeting in July in the Republic of Korea to continue to develop the modules of the clinical training program for radiology medical physicists as per the agreed project action plan.
  • 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 sustainability maintain the regional database as an ongoing repository for new data generated from monitoring programmes, 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 for regional marine radioactivity monitoring programmes and for data generated by Member States.
  • The Project Lead Country Coordinator is Mr Ron Szymczak.
    There are thirteen (13) Member States participating in this project which are:
    Australia, Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam
  • The project work plan that was originally developed has been delayed by approximately twelve (12) months. This has been primarily attributed to the very slow negotiation of agreements with Member States to undertake hosting for the proposed regional events.
    A Project Planning Meeting was held in Vienna from the 9-13 July.
    This meeting focussed on the development of a revised work plan in order to complete the project within the allocated time frame:
    project scope and boundaries were redefined
    decision not to undertake radiological dose assessments, instead information will be produced that is specific to the region to improve the relevance of dose/risk assessments and continue effective communication with radiation protection groups within the Agency.
    a common list of radionuclides of interest was agreed and reference was made to the international Committee on Radiation Protection (ICRP) prioritised list of marine organisms; and
    National Project Teams and End-users were identified by participating Member States.
  • As previously mentioned a key constraint has been related to the delays experienced in relation to obtaining agreement form Member States to host regional events and the need to establish a revised work plan.
    The scope and boundaries of the project particularly relating to radiological dose assessment are to be reviewed at the mid-term project review meeting following consultations with Agency Staff (Including Diego Telluria – Radiation Discharge, Waste Safety Section and Ross Jeffrey, IAEA-MEL Monaco).
  • Host countries for two proposed regional activities have been confirmed and the prospectus for each event approved:
    RTC on Establishment of Transfer Factors & Dose Assessment for Marine Organisms from Contaminants Released from Nuclear Activities held 18-29 February in the Republic of Korea.
    RTC on Application of Agreed Nuclear Techniques to Measurement of Nuclear Contaminants in Marine Systems is scheduled for 27 May – 6 June, Mumbai, India. Participant invitations have been issued for this event.
  • 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; and
    to promote and transfer the radiotracer and sealed source techniques for investigation of industrial multiphase systems through regional demonstrations, training and related activities.
  • The Project Lead Country Coordinator is Dr Jacek Charbucinski.
    There are fourteen (14) participating Member States including:
    Australia, Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam
  • A total of eighty-five (85) participants from Member and Non-Member states including Albania, Belgium and France have participated in a range of regional events that took place in 2007. These include:
    A Project Planning Meeting (RAS/8/107) conducted 5-9 March which was combined with the Final Progress Review Meeting of the RCA project RAS/8/099 on Radioisotope Technology for Natural Resource Exploration and Exploitation.
    The meeting was held in the Republic of Korea with twenty-five (25) participants in attendance.
    A technical meeting on New Developments of Radiotracer and Sealed Source Techniques, held in Sri Lanka from the 20-24 August with twenty-one (21) participants in attendance.
  • Regional Training Course on In-Situ Analysis of Coal Quality, held in Bangladesh from the 28 October – 1 November with twenty-one (21) attendees.
    Technical meeting on Marketing and Quality Management of Radiotracer and Sealed Source Techniques held in Vienna with eighteen (18) participants attending from the 12‑16 November.
  • Regional Executive Management Seminar on the Benefits of Industrial Applications of NAS in Exploration and Mine Development in Mineral Industry, is scheduled to be held 7-10 April in Hanoi, Vietnam. Australian Participation: Andrew Rojc and Jacek Charbucinski.
    Mid-Term Project Review Meeting is scheduled for 12-16 May in Seoul, Republic of Korea and Jacek Charbucinski will be in attendance.
  • A Regional Training Course on Off-Belt Analysis of Mineral Products is currently scheduled for October 2008 in the People’s Republic of China.
    A Technical Meeting on Radiotracer Applications is also to be held during the year with the date and location yet to be determined.
  • RAS/9/042 - Sustainability of Regional Radiation Protection Infrastructure.
    This was a new project in the 2007/2008 cycle.
    The key aim is assist member states to move to self-sustainability and regional self-reliance in order for them to maintain and adequate radiation protection infrastructure.
    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 first year of this project has proven to be highly successful with a number of major outcomes arising from key activities that have been undertaken. These include:
    Meeting of a Focal Group of Interventional Cardiologists in Radiation Protection.
    This meeting was held in Malaysia from the 17-18 March.
    The meeting involved nine (9) participants and one (1) expert representing nine (9) of the participating member states.
    The meeting compared regional and national practices in radiation protection practices and identified improvements to be made to optimise patient doses and minimise doctor and associated staff doses.
    The meeting established the Asian Network of Cardiologists in Radiation Protection.
    The aim of this group is to enhance cooperation among cardiologists on radiation safety in cardiac catheterization procedures and those using ionizing radiation.
    Two newsletters have been issued since this meeting (August 2007 and January 2008) to disseminate ideas and information throughout the cardiologist profession in the Region.
    Radiation protection sessions are also planned to be introduced as a component of national and regional cardiology conferences.
    The first of these sessions was at the 16th ASEAN Congress of Cardiology, 16-21 April in Indonesia. This was a milestone as it was the first such session in a cardiology conference and the first such grouping of cardiologists in the world.
    There was no IAEA financial support provided for this session.
  • An expert mission was funded to set up Emergency Exercises. This was held in Chernobyl and Vienna from the 2-4 April and involved three (3) experts.
    A project planning meeting was held in Sri Lanka from the 7-11 May that had fourteen (14) member states represented through the thirteen (13) participants, three (3) experts and one (1) observer that attended.
    The meeting supported:
    the formation of a new Regulator’s network;
    the creation of an Asia ALARA Network;
    continuation of Regional Dosimetry Intercomparisons;
    the activities of the newly formed focal group of International Cardiologists in the promotion of radiation safety practices via their key professional bodies;
    the formation of a network of decision makers in radiological emergency preparedness and response and associated exercises; and
    the development of action plans to ensure sustainability in each of these areas.
    The meeting also agreed that there was insufficient need to hold a project coordination meeting in 2008 and the funds could be better used for other components of the project planned for 2008.
  • A Regional Field Exercise was held in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for Extended Response by Radiological Assessors from 14-18 May.
    The three (3) tiered exercise was undertaken by five (5) x two (2) person teams from India, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.
    The key objectives were to:
    Provide national teams with experience in transportation of themselves and radiation monitoring equipment to an overseas location as a response to a request for assistance;
    Safely monitor radiation levels in a number of different locations
    Determine how to transmit monitoring data to the respective national contact point; and
    National contact point receipt of data, assessment of the consequences and recommendations of protective actions to the IAEA Emergency Response Centre.
    The exercise provided a number of practical lessons working in real elevated levels of contamination over extended areas; practical problems associated with reading instruments, interpreting results and the protection monitoring personnel.
  • Meeting for the Establishment of a Regional Forum for Regulators
    This was held 15-19 October in Vienna with seventeen (17) Member States participating.
    The forum is anticipated to be self-sustaining beyond 2010 and is to facilitate electronic communication and regular face-to-face discussion forums on topics of regulatory interest to the region between the regulators.
    It was agreed at the meeting that:
    the Philippines would Chair the forum and a Steering committee would be established by the Philippines, India, Vietnam, Australia and Malaysia.
    a technical meeting of the RCA Regulators Forum on Regional Priority Issues and solutions will be held in the Philippines from the 5-7 August 2008.
  • Finally a meeting to establish a regional ALARA Network was held in the Republic of Korea from 3-5 December and nine (9) member states participated.
    The European ALARA Network has been in operation for eleven (11) years and is a proven self-sustaining operation.
    The intention is to set up an Asian Regional ALARA Network (ARAN) using initial funding from the IAEA and to move towards the European self-sustaining model during the project.
    At the meeting ARAN was formed and it was agreed that Japan would Chair and the Republic of Korea would Vice-Chair. Draft objectives for the network and the nine (9) participating member states were agreed.
    Membership of ARAN remains open for other member states who were not able to be represented at the meeting to participate.
    The first ARAN Meeting is scheduled for 5-7 November 2008 in Japan and will focus on improving radiation protection in industrial radiography.
  • In order for this project to be successful, Member states are required to ensure that participant nominations match the specific requirements and specifications that are detailed in the prospectus issued for each activity.
    Inappropriate nominations, have and will, continue to be rejected which can cause significant delay to the implementation of an activity.
  • It was discussed and informally agreed at the project planning meeting in Sri Lanka that owing to the retirement of Mr David Woods, the current PLCC, coordination for the remaining period of the project ie. 2009-2010 is to be transferred to Japan. The new contact will be Dr Kazuo Sakai, who is the Director of the NIRS Radiation Protection Research Centre as well as the elected Chair of ARAN.
    To facilitate the transfer, Dr Suzuki Toshikazu (a colleague to Dr Sakai) has been acting on the understudy to Mr Woods and self-funded his attendance the Vienna, Manila and Daejeon project activities during 2007. He has been circulated on all project coordination e-mails and the PLCC status.
    The proposed handover is anticipated to occur in January 2009 at the latest.
    Note: the purpose of presenting this proposed change to the meeting is to gain the formal agreement from the Japan NR to this amendment.
    Full Details for Dr Sakai are:
    Mr Kazuo SakaiDirector, Radiation Protection Research Center
    National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS)4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-kuChiba 263-8555JapanTel.: 0081 43 2066290Fax: 0081 43 2064134EMail: [email_address]
  • During 2007 a number of activities occurred including:
    A project planning meeting held from the 16-18 April in Vienna. The meeting enabled the syllabus of the new modules and candidate entry requirements to be finalised and agreed upon;
    Technical writers were recruited to draft initial versions of the new training modules;
  • A partnership between the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP), University of Sydney and the IAEA has been established.
    RIAP has agreed to:
    develop a website for the DAT programme,
    develop some of the training modules;
    prepare existing training modules to enable them to be used on the website;
    develop web-based tools to enable the conduct of student assessments; and
    undertake several other activities required to successfully implement the project.
    RIAP has agreed to make a financial contribution of A$50,000 to the project. This money is RIAP’s (within Australia) contribution to support DAT, provide facilities and necessary resources for the services and time provided by Ms Heather Patterson in fulfilling the contract agreement. Much of the funds will be towards salary for a new position created in RIAP to assist in the ongoing coordination of DAT and prepare for the next phase for a Pilot testing of new modules in 2009 after RAS/6/029 is closed end of 2008. Part of the contract is to test the new SPECT/CT & PET/CT materials through a new website delivery, assessment and monitoring system. This will take most of 2009 to implement and evaluate.
    The end beneficiary is the DAT programme and participants. Through RIAP the final editing of new materials and all complimentary materials e.g. interactive image displays, data processing programs etc will be refined suitable for on-line delivery. Monitoring of DAT use and ‘de-bugging’ of new web facility plus improvements on response from user feedback will be an ongoing process.
    Some of the tasks will be undertaken in collaboration with the University College London. Action has been taken in order to award contracts to RIAP in the amount of US$45,000 and the University College in the amount of US$10,000. Under the contractual arrangements RIAP & UCL will be collaborating in the design and setup of modules and complementary computer aided demonstrations for on-line learning.
  • A number of activities are planned for 2008. These include:
    A Technical Writer’s Meeting which was scheduled for the 3-5 March. The meeting is required to review the draft training modules that have been prepared;
    The final preparation of the modules will be undertaking incorporating the meeting recommendations and these modules will undergo peer review in August 2008.
    It is anticipated that the new PET/CT and SPECT/CT modules will be completed and available for use by Member States by early 2009.
    Additional Notes: Separate proposal to develop a Policy Document or similar to established an IAEA/RIAP partnership:
    DAT continues to be a very successful project
    Recognition that the ‘project’ stage has to stop
    More global than regional activity
    No agency mechanism for mid or long-term support for this sort of continuing activity
    Partnership offered through RIAP maintains an RCA focus while supporting the global activity
    Wish to seek RCA support for this approach
    Encourage the Agency to establish an interregional activity linked to the DAT program
  • Dr Ron Cameron RCA National Representative

    1. 1. Dr Ron Cameron RCA National Representative - Australia - Lead Country Coordinator Progress Reports
    2. 2. Projects 1. Distance-Assisted Training for Nuclear Medicine Technicians (RAS/6/029): • Approved 1997 for 4 years; • Extended to 2007/2008. 2. Strengthening Medical Physics through Education and Training (RAS/6/038): • Initiated in 2003, objectives revised for 2005/2006 cycle; • Estimated completion by 2012.
    3. 3. 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): • New 2007; • Estimated completion by 2010.
    4. 4. 4. Intensification of Productivity in Coal, Minerals and Petrochemical Industries using Nucleonic Analysis Systems (NAS) and Radiotracers (RAS/8/107): • New 2007; • Estimated duration of 2 years. 4. Sustainability of Regional Radiation Protection Infrastructure (RAS/9/042): • New 2007; • Estimated completion by 2010.
    5. 5. Distance-Assisted Training for Nuclear Medicine Technicians (RAS/6/029) • LCC: Professor Brian Hutton • 16 participating Member States: AUL INS MON SIN BGD JPN MYA SRL CPR ROK PAK THA IND MAL PHI VIE
    6. 6. Overview INPUTS • The DAT project first commenced as the RCA project RAS/6/022 in 1994 and then progressed to project RAS/6/029 in 1997. • Both projects were part of AUL’s contribution to RCA. AUL funding ceased in 2002 • TC funds have supported project activities since then. CURRENT ACTIVITY • The final phase which is currently being completed is to add additional modules to cover techniques and technologies that were not in place in the late 1990’s and are now widely used.
    7. 7. Overview OUTPUTS • The DAT program has been demonstrated to be cost effective and well-suited to local needs. • Through common study materials and standardized assessment methods DAT students are able to achieve a common basic standard of knowledge and practice that enhances the quality of nuclear medicine services. • DAT provides a mechanism for in-service training of technologists whilst providing an infrastructure that can sustain this training. No alternative form of training exists to meet this need.
    8. 8. Overview OUTCOMES The application of the project outputs of modules, assignments and assessment strategies has now being taken up : • Nationally in RCA Member States; • Regionally in RCA, AFRA, ARCAL & Europe, although at varying stages of materials preparation and practical application; Clearly the impact and the outcomes are now on a global scale and the issues of sustainability at all the levels have to be addressed if the maximum benefits are to be derived.
    9. 9. Overview The project has exceeded its goals and is a visible demonstration of the success and impact that the RCA projects can achieve not just in the Asia Pacific region but also in Latin America, Africa and Europe. The project concept and initial support came from the RCA Member States. Their high level of cooperation and contribution has had a direct input on the success of the project especially at the important pilot testing and initial evaluation stages.
    10. 10. The Future While individual IAEA Member States will be expected to institute their own sustainability strategies for DAT, the optimum benefits will only be achieved if they are integrated into wider coordinated and harmonised system that would address: • ongoing updates as technology, protocols and regulations change; • maintaining the DAT website – updating and ‘de-bugging’; • provision of support / help for new (and current) DAT users.
    11. 11. The Future In moving forward with the future DAT activities it will be important to establish firm policies on a number of issues. For example: • is there an ongoing role for IAEA in approving specific applications covered by the DAT programme? • what is the role of national contributors in relation to sustainability of global DAT activity? • who administers and controls web access if it is not under TC project? • should there be a fee structure to support management cost if there is no underpinning TC project?
    12. 12. The Future Sustainability at the regional level is difficult to address without some catalytic support from the Agency. With the global reach of the project, RCA MSs may like to encourage the Agency to establish an interregional project linked to the DAT project to assist in national, regional and inter-regional sustainability. Clearly the RCA MSs’ experience and expertise would be of assistance to the other regions and countries seeking to apply the DAT programme for their needs.
    13. 13. The Future The Research Institute for Asia and Pacific (RIAP) at Sydney University will be undertaking some tasks to assist with the RCA DAT programme. Clearly the RCA MSs’ experience and expertise would be of assistance to the other regions and countries seeking to apply the DAT programme for their needs.
    14. 14. Strengthening Medical Physics through Education and Training (RAS/6/038) • LCC: Professor John Drew • 16 participating Member States: AUL INS MON SIN BGD JPN MYA SRL CPR ROK PAK THA IND MAL PHI VIE
    15. 15. 2007 Achievements • Experts meeting held 8-12 January: Finalisation of clinical modules; Planning of Regional Training Program; Planning of Clinical Training Program (CTP) Implementation. • 3 home based contracts issued to experts to complete essential program documentation.
    16. 16. • Thailand was first to trial the CTP:  Regional Meeting for National Trainers held 25-26 June, Bangkok, Thailand;  National Training Workshop for Clinical Supervisors held 27-28 June, Bangkok, Thailand;  4 clinical training sites inspected;  Pilot RCA training program commenced in August. • The Philippines hosted an Experts Meeting from 29 October – 2 November:  Developed a CTP for Radiology Medical Physicists; outlined modules & agreed to action plan.
    17. 17. • November:  Prospectus & registration of interest in CTP pilot program issued to Member States;  LCC met with local medical physicists in Thailand and Philippines to discuss progress and future plans;  LCC invited to lecture at the SEACOMP Conference on the project. • RTC on Implementation of the International Code of Practice for Radiotherapy Dosimetry (IAEA TRS-398)  Held at the National Cancer Centre, Singapore, 5-8 December.
    18. 18. Planned Activities for 2008 • Experts meeting scheduled for July in Seoul to continue the development of the modules of the CTP for Radiology Medical Physicists.
    19. 19. 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)
    20. 20. AUL INS MYA THA BGD ROK PAK SIN CPR MAL PHI VIE IND • LCC: Mr Ron Szymczak • 13 participating Member States
    21. 21. 2007 Achievements • Project Planning meeting held 9-13 July: Nomination of host countries for regional events to be held in 2008; Work plan revised for successful project completion; Development and agreement of a common list of radionuclides of interest. • Identification of National Project teams and End-users by all participating Member States.
    22. 22. Key Constraints • Delays obtaining agreement from Member States to host regional events required a revised work plan to be developed; • Project scope & boundaries relating to radiological dose assessment are to be reviewed at the mid-term project review meeting.
    23. 23. Planned Activities for 2008 • RTC on Establishment of Transfer Factors & Dose Assessment for Marine Organisms from Contaminants Released from Nuclear Activities: 18-29 February in Cheju, Republic of Korea. • RTC on Application of Agreed Nuclear Techniques to Measurement of Nuclear Contaminants in Marine Systems: 27 May – 6 June, Mumbai, India. Prospectus approved, participants invited.
    24. 24. Intensification of Productivity in Coal, Minerals and Petrochemical Industries using Nucleonic Analysis Systems (NAS) and Radiotracers (RAS/8/107)
    25. 25. • LCC: Dr Jacek Charbucinski • 14 participating Member States: AUL INS NZL SRI BGD ROK PAK THA CPR MON PHI VIE IND MYA
    26. 26. 2007 Achievements • Project Planning Meeting:  5-9 March, Daejeon, Republic of Korea;  25 participants. • Technical Meeting - New Developments of Radiotracer & Sealed Source Techniques:  20-24 August, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka;  21 participants.
    27. 27. • Regional Training Course - In-Situ Analysis of Coal Quality:  28 October – 1 November, Dhaka, Bangladesh;  21 participants. • Technical Meeting – Marketing & Quality Management of Radiotracer & Sealed Source Techniques:  12-16 November, Vienna, Austria;  18 participants.
    28. 28. Planned Activities for 2008 • Regional Executive Management Seminar: Benefits of Industrial Applications of NAS in Exploration and Mine Development in Mineral Industry; 7-10 April 2008, Hanoi, Vietnam. • Mid-Term Project Review Meeting: 12-16 May, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
    29. 29. • Regional Training Course: Off-Belt Analysis of Mineral Products; Scheduled for October in China. • Technical Meeting on Radiotracer Applications: date and location to be advised.
    30. 30. Sustainability of Regional Radiation Protection Infrastructure (RAS/9/042) • LCC: David Woods • 16 participating Member States: AUL INS MYA SIN BGD JPN NZL SRI CPR MAL PAK THA IND MON PHI VIE
    31. 31. 2007 Achievements • Focal Group Meeting of Interventional Cardiologists in Radiation Protection:  17-18 March, Malaysia;  9 participants, 1 expert, 9 Member States;  Formation of an Asian Network of Cardiologists in Radiation Protection:  2 newsletters issued (Aug 07 & Jan 08);  Radiation protection sessions planned for national & regional cardiology conferences - first held 16-21 April 2007, Bali, Indonesia at the 16th ASEAN Congress of Cardiology.
    32. 32. • Expert Mission to set up Emergency Exercises:  2-4 April, Chernobyl/Vienna;  3 experts, funded through RAS/9/032. • Project Planning Meeting:  7-11 May, Sri Lanka;  13 participants, 3 experts, 1 observer, 14 Member States;  Agreement not to hold a project coordination meeting in 2008 & to allocate these funds elsewhere in the project.
    33. 33. • Regional Field Exercise in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for Extended Response by Radiological Assessors: 14-18 May, Ukraine; Partial funding through RAS/9/032 & EBP; 5 x 2 person teams from IND, PHI, MAL, SIN & AUL; Practical lessons working in real elevated levels of contamination over extended areas.
    34. 34. • Meeting for the Establishment of a Regional Forum for Regulators:  15-19 October, Vienna;  16 participants, 3 experts, 17 Member States;  Formation of an RCA Regulator’s Forum in Radiation Protection;  RCA Regulators Forum Site established on RaSaReN.
    35. 35. • Meeting to Establish a Regional ALARA Network:  3-5 December, Republic of Korea;  11 participants, 3 experts, 9 Member States;  Asia Region ALARA Network (ARAN) formed;  Japan as Chair; Republic of Korea as Vice- Chair;  Draft objectives agreed for the network;  Membership remains open for other RCA Member States;  First Asian Regional ALARA network Meeting scheduled for 5-7 November 2008, Chiba, Japan.
    36. 36. Key Constraint • Incorrect nominations from Member States against prospectus specifications for each activity.
    37. 37. Project Coordination Amendment • Project coordination of RAS/9/042 to be transferred from Australia (Mr David Woods) to Japan (Dr Kazuo Sakai) for the period 2009-2010.
    38. 38. Questions
    39. 39. Thank You
    40. 40. • Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP) of the University of Sydney partnership established with the IAEA to: Develop a website to implement the DAT programme; Develop additional training modules; Prepare existing modules for website use; Develop web-based tools for student assessment. • RIAP contribution of A$50,000. • University College London (UCL) collaboration. • Contracts awarded to RIAP (US$45,000) & UCL (US$10,000).
    41. 41. Planned Activities for 2008 • Technical Writer’s Meeting to be held 3-5 March. • Final preparation of the modules to be completed. • Peer review of the new modules to be undertaken in August. • PET/CT and SPECT/CT modules to be available for Member State use early 2009.

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