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    • 25 May 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom Meeting, please register to receive the Zoom link

    Ethical communication: radiological risk to patients participating in trials – do they need to know?

    Presented by: George McGill

    “George McGill is a Medical Physicist with over 25 years experience of Radiation Protection practices in Health care.  As a dual registered Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Medical Physicist  with ACPSEM, Chartered Radiation Protection (SRP) and Chartered Physicist (IoP) professional status and UK state registration as a Clinical Scientist, he has worked in several jurisdictions worldwide in both public and private hospitals, holding certified RP Adviser status in the UK before emigrating to Australia in 2012.  He has recently been appointed a member of the ACPSEM Radiation Protection Special Interest Group. He is an (active) member of ARPS.

    Remaining an advocate for continued diligence, training and support in the novel uses of sealed and unsealed radioactive and manmade sources, he strongly supports the formal recognition of the broad range of unique skills required from Radiation Protection professionals in a wide range of industries.  His experience in multiple modalities has made the transition to hybrid imaging less troublesome.  However, maintaining the broad links between industry and health care remains imperative: as the development of resources from the spectrum of industrial uses, often indirectly benefits Health Care.

    He enjoys good food, live music, visiting anywhere new including great coastal landscapes with family, as well as the rare opportunity to catch up with friends, old and new - latest pandemics permitting.


    ICRP has taken a greater interest in extending the principles of radiation protection, from Justification, Optimisation and Limitation and with the publication of ICRP 138, the ethical foundations of radiation protection need to be considered in practices exposing people and the environment. Have the extension of the principles been fully implemented in healthcare? 

    From his experience in assisting neutron activation experiments for human subjects as a student in the 1980’s and using Whole Body Detectors to detect trace radioactive elements, to welcoming the current implementation of a wider range of Thera-nostic agents, he has seen many developments move from the lab to the clinic benefiting the patient over the last 30 years.

    “However, on reflecting on what has been learned from others we are forced to consider “what are we doing today – with the best of scientific intentions – that may be perceived as problematic later”.  The starting point may be, what do we need to tell patients when the risks are diverse and may be difficult to quantify?”

    With several years experience performing participant radiation dose and risk assessments for a range of trials in the UK and Australia, the question remaining unanswered is  often:  ‘Ethical communication: radiological risk to patients participating in trials – do they need to know?’

     This presentation contains reflections which are his own, and should not be attributed to be the views of his employer, professional body or linked to any Govt policy.

    [1] ICRP Publication 138: Ethical Foundations of the System of Radiological Protection (2018)

    • 13 Sep 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 16 Sep 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • Canberra

    ARPS 2021 Canberra 13 - 16 September

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    On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the 43rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS). This year’s conference will be held at The Canberra Rex Hotel from 13-16 September 2021.

    ARPS was founded in 1975 and has more than 200 members engaged in radiation protection activities. Members are engaged in a variety of activities designed to ensure the safe use of both ionising and non-ionising radiation for a wide variety of applications in medicine, pure and applied science, industry, and mining.

    The theme of the 2021 conference is ‘Legacy and Innovation in Radiation Protection’. 

    The aim of the conference is to enrich the understanding of non-ionising and ionising radiation safety, highlight the importance of effective communication and stakeholder involvement on radiation safety, highlight new technologies and generate discussion across a broad range of radiation protection aspects looking to the past as well at the future. The Organising Committee is keen to put together a full and extensive program, which will include three days of scientific sessions.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in this conference, and I hope you will join us in Canberra and support ARPS as it delivers the best and most recent radiation protection information to delegates. On behalf of the organising committee, I look forward to welcoming you to Canberra.


The Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS) runs an annual conference to ensure the radiation protection society remains relevant, and in tune with the changing needs of everyone in the industry.

It also provides an opportunity for conference delegates to:
  • Build and maintain relationships in a relaxed yet informative environment during the event.
  • Join in formal, and informal discussions that cover areas such as advances in technology, changes to legislation, and shifts in community expectations.
  • Learn what’s happening now in the industry and show your commitment to the sector and support the community.
  • Network through social events including the welcome reception, and conference dinner.
For more information, the official conference website is located at: http://arpsconference.com.au


The ARPS conference is held in a new venue each year to increase accessibility across the region. A list of past, and upcoming venues are tabulated below.
Year Venue Date
2021 Canberra 13-16 SEP
2020 POSTPONED to 2021 -
2019 ICRP 2019, Adelaide, South Australia (hosted jointly by ARPS) 17-21 Nov
2018 AOCRP-5 Congress, Melbourne, Victoria (hosted by ARPS) 20-23 May
2017 Wollongong, New South Wales 06-09 Aug
2016 Adelaide, South Australia 11-14 Sep
2015 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (40th anniversary conference)  
2014 Tasmania, Hobart  
2013 Cairns, Queensland  
2012 Sydney, New South Wales  
2011 Melbourne, Australia  
2010 Adelaide, South Australia  
2009 Fremantle, Western Australia  
2008 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory  
2007 Brisbane, Queensland  
2006 Sydney, New South Wales  
2005 Melbourne, Victoria  
2004 Adelaide, South Australia  
2003 Hobart, Tasmania  
2002 Rotorua, New Zealand  
2001 Gold Coast, Queensland  
2000 Sydney, New South Wales  
1999 Margaret River, Western Australia  
1998 Ballarat, Victoria  
1997 Adelaide, South Australia  
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