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Dr Daphne James

Program Convenor

School of Health Sciences (Medical Radiation Science)

Career Summary

Biography

Program Convenor for Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science - nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiography and radiation therapy.

Lecturer in School of Health Sciences at UoN since Feb 2008

PhD (Medical Radiation Science) 2015 - University of Newcastle

30 years experience as Nuclear medicine scientist in Australia and UK.

Lecturer at UoN from 1991-1994 - developed nuclear medicine curriculum

Research Expertise
PhD 2015 - Determining pregnancy status prior to diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures

Teaching Expertise
1991-1994 - Lecturer at UoN 2005-2008 - Casual lecturer and marker at UoN 2008 - present - Lecturer at UoN

Administrative Expertise
Program Convenor BMRS programs Jan 2014 - present School of Health Sciences Honours Coordinator - Sept 2011 - Dec 2012 Acting Program Convenor BMRS - Semester 2, 2012

Collaborations
PhD (Medical Radiation Science) 2015 - University of Newcastle - Pregnancy screening strategies for diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Medical Radiation
  • Medical Radiation Science
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Pregnancy
  • Radiopharmacy

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110313 Nuclear Medicine 80
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 -  Program Convenor BMRS University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
1/01/2009 -  Membership - Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) NSW Branch Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Limited
1/02/2008 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
1/01/1991 - 1/12/1994 Lecturer University of Newcastle
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/1989 - 1/02/2008 Senior Nuclear Medicine Scientist Hunter Imaging Group
Nuclear Medicine
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 James DJ, Warren-Forward HM, 'Development of Consensus Statements for Pregnancy Screening in Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine: A Delphi Study', Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology, 43 74-79 (2015)
DOI 10.2967/jnmt.114.148262
2015 James D, Warren-Forward H, 'Research methods for formal consensus development in health.', Nurse Researcher, 22 35-40 (2015)
2013 James DJ, Cardew P, Warren-Forward HW, 'Pregnancy screening strategies for diagnostic nuclear medicine: Survey results from Australia and New Zealand', Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology, 41 216-222 (2013) [C1]

The ionizing radiation used in diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures has the potential to cause biologic harm to a fetus. Although the risks are relatively small, it is recommend... [more]

The ionizing radiation used in diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures has the potential to cause biologic harm to a fetus. Although the risks are relatively small, it is recommended that all female patients of childbearing age be questioned regarding their pregnancy status before administration of the radiopharmaceutical. This can be a sensitive situation especially for certain types of patients, such as teenagers. Currently, there are no guidelines that detail how to question the patient. Previous studies have revealed the lack of a consistent approach in this area. The aim of this study was to investigate current practice for pregnancy screening before diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures in Australia and New Zealand and to determine whether a standardized practice guideline is required. Methods: An online survey was administered via SurveyMonkey from October to December 2011. Members of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine were invited to participate. The survey consisted of 30 questions divided into 4 sections: demographics, policy and regulations, current practice, and open-ended clinical scenarios. Results: Three hundred thirty-five responses were recorded from participants in all states and territories of Australia and New Zealand; 90% were nuclear medicine technologists. Participants reported a low awareness of radiation policy and regulations but demonstrated good knowledge of the relative risk to the fetus from commonly performed procedures. The most common minimum and maximum age to question patients was 12 y (32%) and 55 y (42%), respectively, although the range was from 10 to 60 y. Verbal questioning (44%) was the most commonly used approach. Pregnancy testing was used by 72%, usually if the patient indicated she was unsure of her pregnancy status. Responses to clinical scenarios were varied, and these will be discussed in a subsequent paper. Conclusion: The survey revealed a lack of awareness of government regulations and departmental policy regarding radiation protection. The study demonstrated wide variety in pregnancy screening strategies used to determine the pregnancy status of patients before diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures, indicating that a standardized practice guideline is required for Australia and New Zealand. © 2013 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.

DOI 10.2967/jnmt.113.120626
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2013 James DJ, Cardew P, Warren-Forward HM, 'Pregnancy screening strategies for potentially challenging patients before diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures: Qualitative survey analysis', Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology, 41 292-298 (2013) [C1]

Because of the ionizing radiation used in diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures, it is recommended that all female patients of childbearing age be questioned about their pregnanc... [more]

Because of the ionizing radiation used in diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures, it is recommended that all female patients of childbearing age be questioned about their pregnancy status before the procedure begins. Several patient groups have been identified as potentially difficult to question: teenagers, unconscious or sedated patients, patients with language or cultural barriers, and patients with mental disability. Our aim was to capture the thoughts and opinions of nuclear medicine personnel in Australia and New Zealand regarding pregnancy screening strategies before diagnostic imaging procedures. Methods: Members of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine were invited to complete an online survey. Section 4 consisted of open-response questions asking participants to describe the strategies they use to question a patient about pregnancy status in 4 potentially difficult clinical scenarios. The content of the responses was analyzed. Results: For each question, 232 responses were recorded. The most commonly used strategies included questioning teenage girls away from their parents, referring to medical notes for unconscious patients, using an interpreter and visual aids for patients with language barriers, and asking a caregiver or relative of mentally disabled patients. Pregnancy testing was used when there was doubt about the patient's pregnancy status. Personal questions about menstrual and sexual history were often asked to determine the risk of pregnancy. Conclusion: The study revealed that a variety of strategies are used by nuclear medicine personnel in Australia and New Zealand to determine the pregnancy status of patients. A standardized practice guideline may be useful to ensure a consistent approach to questioning that would optimize the accuracy of pregnancy assessment and reduce the possibility of fetal irradiation. © 2013 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.

DOI 10.2967/jnmt.113.125856
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2011 James DJ, 'Case-based nuclear medicine', The Radiographer, 58 37 (2011) [C3]
2011 James DJ, Cardew P, Warren-Forward H, 'Determining the pregnancy status of patients before diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures: The Australian experience', Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology, 39 220-225 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.2967/jnmt.111.088740
Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 James DJ, Warren-Forward HM, 'DEVELOPMENT OF CONSENSUS STATEMENTS FOR PREGNANCY SCREENING IN DIAGNOSTIC NUCLEAR MEDICINE: A DELPHI TECHNIQUE', INTERNAL MEDICINE JOURNAL (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2014 Kelly L, Khatiwada S, Moorby E, Noble R, Purches J, Tong J, James DJ, 'POSITRON EMISSION MAMMOGRAPHY (PEM) FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER IN YOUNG WOMEN: A LITERATURE REVIEW', INTERNAL MEDICINE JOURNAL (2014) [E3]
2012 James DJ, Warren-Forward H, Cardew P, 'Pregnancy screening prior to diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures', Internal Medicine Journal, Melbourne, Vic. (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2012 Clausen S, Hayes D, Meredith S, Turnbull J, James DJ, 'Carbon nanotubes in radionuclide therapy', Internal Medicine Journal, Victoria, Australia (2012) [E3]
2012 Alshaikh M, Bryan J, Meadows J, Travis C, Vigneswaran V, James DJ, O'Donnell K, 'The role of scintigraphic assessment in adjustable gastric band surgery', Internal Medicine Journal, Richmond, Vic (2012) [E3]
2011 James DJ, Warren-Forward H, Cardew P, 'Determining a patient's pregnancy status prior to diagnostic imaging', Internal Medicine Journal, Darwin, NT (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2011 Lyall DG, Smith T, James DJ, Adams E, 'A survey of nuclear medicine physicians opinion on the development of a category of advanced practice for nuclear medicine scientists in Australia', Internal Medicine Journal, Darwin, NT (2011) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $1,800,222

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20141 grants / $1,450

44th Annual Meeting of ANZSNM, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, 25 - 28 April 2014$1,450

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400488
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $1,400

41st Annual Scientific Meeting ANZSNM, Darwin Convention Centre, 14 - 18 July 2011$1,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100564
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $1,500

ANZSNM Annual Scientific Meeting, Skycity Auckland Convention Centre, 23 - 27 April 2010$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000369
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $4,951

Qualitative review of the problems associated with the verification of a patient's pregnancy status prior to diagnostic imaging procedures in Nuclear medicine$4,951

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190283
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,150

25th Annual Conference, New Zealand Branch, ANZSNM, Queenstown New Zealand, 18/10/2008 - 19/10/2008$1,150

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189152
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19991 grants / $10,000

Home-Link Demonstration Model.$10,000

Funding body: Bernard van Leer Foundation

Funding body Bernard van Leer Foundation
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0178755
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

19981 grants / $300,000

Community Volunteers - Supporting Families$300,000

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme CDHAC/NHMRC Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177431
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

19953 grants / $509,300

National Dissemination Program of the Hunter Caravan Project - Final Phase$446,800

Funding body: Bernard van Leer Foundation

Funding body Bernard van Leer Foundation
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175421
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

Health Information Liaison Project$42,500

Funding body: NSW Department for Women

Funding body NSW Department for Women
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme Women`s Grants Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175234
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Hunter Caravan Families - Training Program$20,000

Funding body: Burnside

Funding body Burnside
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme New Ventures Scheme 1995
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175499
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

19941 grants / $61,671

94APP. Homestart Australia.$61,671

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme Community Organisations` Support Program (COSP)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174628
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

19891 grants / $908,800

National Dissemination Program of the Hunter Caravan Project$908,800

Funding body: Bernard van Leer Foundation

Funding body Bernard van Leer Foundation
Project Team Doctor Daphne James
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1989
Funding Finish 1989
GNo G0175420
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y
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Dr Daphne James

Position

Program Convenor
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Medical Radiation Science

Contact Details

Email daphne.james@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5596
Fax (02) 4921 7053

Office

Room HB03
Building Hunter
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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