Plenary Speakers

Dr. Howell Round

Assoc. Prof. Howell Round received his BSc(Tech) (Physics) from the University of Waikato(NZ), his MSc (Medical Physics) from the University of Surrey (UK) and his PhD (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) from the University of Canterbury (NZ).

Having started his career as a clinical physicist in New Zealand and Australia, since 1985 he has been at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, where he lectures in physics, electronics and control theory. His particular research interests are in medical physics education, workforce issues, professional matters, policy and Monte Carlo modelling.

He is the Secretary General of the Asia-Oceania Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (AFOMP) and previously served as President of the Australasian College of Physical scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM). He chairs or serves on various committees of IOMP, AFOMP and ACPSEM and is a Fellow of ACPSEM, the New Zealand Institute of Physics and the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand.

Brendan Healy

Mr. Brendan Healy is a radiotherapy medical physicist with the Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics section of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) based in Vienna. Prior to joining the IAEA in 2012, he practiced for 15 years as a clinical radiation oncology medical physicist in several hospitals throughout Australia including the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

He holds accreditation in radiotherapy medical physics awarded by the ACPSEM (Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine) and was a member of the ACPSEM Certification Panel in Radiation Oncology for several years. His introduction to medical physics was as a research associate at the Queensland University of Technology where his research was in the area of chemical dosimetry including gel dosimetry.

Beginning in 2006 he acted as an IAEA expert on numerous missions for the IAEA in Asia in areas of radiation oncology practice auditing and medical physics training. His current role at the IAEA involves him in several regional and national development projects throughout the Asia and as well he is involved in IAEA research projects, IAEA practice guideline publications and IAEA dosimetry laboratory activities.

Dr. Arun Chougule

Dr. Arun Chougule has twenty nine years of teaching & research experience. He has twenty nine years of experience as Radiation safety officer and Medical Physicist. Presently he is working as Senior Professor & Head Radiological Physics & Radiation Safety Officer in the Department of Radiotherapy, S.M.S. Medical College & Hospital, Jaipur, India and Dean, Faculty of Paramedical Sciences, Rajasthan University of Health Sciences [RUHS].

Dr. Arun Chougule has published over 82 research papers in national and international journals. He has presented over 113 research papers in national and international conferences. he has written an article for a book. So far he has participated in more than 151 conferences and 25 teaching programs. He has completed three major research projects funded by Govt. of India as the Principal Investigator.

He has done his Ph.D. from Bhabha Atomic Research Center, University of Bombay in Radiobiology. Presently he is working on the LQ model, its application to radiotherapy, Biochemical tumor markers, use of TLD for radiation dosimetry etc. He is a guide of Ph. D in radiation Physics RUHS, Co- Guide for Ph.D. in Biochemistry RUHS, Co- Guide for MD Ayurveda from National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur and Co- guide for Ph.D. for students of Malviya regional engineering Institute and from Radiation Biology Lab, University of Rajasthan.

Professor. Dr. Kwan-Hoong Ng

Dr. Ng is a Senior Professor at the Department of Biomedical Imaging and a Senior Consultant of the University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He received his M.Sc. (Medical Physics) from University of Aberdeen and Ph.D. (Medical Physics) from University of Malaya, Malaysia. He is also certified by the American Board of Medical Physicist.

He has authored/ coauthored over 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 15 book chapters. He has presented over 400 scientific papers, more than 200 are invited lectures. He has also organized and directed several workshops on radiology quality assurance, digital imaging and scientific writing.

He is the co-founder and co-editor in chief of the open-access e-journal ‘Biomedical Imaging and Intervention Journal’ ( He is in the editorial board and advisory board of several journals, including British Journal of Radiology, Physics in Medicine and Biology, Singapore Medical Journal, Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, and World Journal of Radiology. He is also a reviewer for more than thirteen international journals.

His main research contribution has been in the biophysical characterization of breast diseases and developing computer methods as tools to improve diagnostic capability of mammography. He has also been directing research initiatives in digital imaging, radiological protection and radiation dosimetry.

Dr. Ng has been serving as an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert and a member of International Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization. He also serves as a consulting expert for the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). He is the Founding President of the South East Asian Federation of Medical Physics and is currently the President of the Asia-Oceania Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics.

Dr. Tomas Kron

Tomas Kron was born and educated in Germany. After his PhD he migrated to Australia in 1989 where he has worked in a number of radiotherapy departments, last at the Newcastle Mater Misericordiae Hospital as Chief Physicist.

From 2001 to 2005 he moved to Canada where he worked at the London Regional Cancer Centre on the commissioning of one of the first tomotherapy units for 3 years.

Since 2005 Tomas is principal research physicist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

He has an interest in dosimetry of ionising radiation, treatment verification, image guided radiotherapy and clinical trials quality assurance. He has co-authored a radiotherapy textbook and published more than 180 papers in refereed journals. He has academic appointments at Monash, RMIT and Wollongong Universities and was president of the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) from 2009 to 2009.

Dr. Don Mclean

Dr. Donald McLean is a medical physicist specialising in diagnostic radiology. Before joining the IAEA in 2006 he was a principal medical physicist at Westmead Hospital with clinical, teaching and research responsibilities that included the areas of paediatric CT and mammography. He was involved in the development of professional activities in Australia and as an associate professor at the University of Sydney supervised a number of postgraduate students. Whilst working at the IAEA he was dedicated to the development of guidance material, particularly in quality assurance for mammography, digital mammography and CT, as well as publications in diagnostic radiology dosimetry, paediatric dosimetry and CT dosimetry for wide beam scanners.

Dr McLean was also the technical officer for the Asia Pacific regional project RAS6038 was the development of clinical training guidance material for medical physicists specialising in each of radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. This material has been piloted in 5 Asian countries to date and has been adapted / adopted more widely notably in Saudi Arabia, Australia, India and the US.

Since returning to Australia in 2011 Dr McLean has continued working as a clinical medical physicist in diagnostic radiology at the Canberra Hospital. He is also assisting in the implementation of clinical training in Australia for medical physicists with a combined specialisation in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine, as well as supporting research students in the topics of digital breast tomosynthesis and CT dosimetry.

In 2014 Australia is to be the lead country for a new IAEA regional project that aims to expand the establishment of clinical training for medical physics through structures and support material with a focus on electronically resource material.