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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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110313Nuclear Medicine80
119999Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
14/07/2007 - 18/12/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Program Convenor BMRSUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
1/01/2009 - Membership - Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) NSW BranchAustralian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Limited
1/02/2008 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
1/01/1991 - 1/12/1994LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/03/1989 - 1/02/2008Senior Nuclear Medicine ScientistHunter 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015James 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)
DOI10.2967/jnmt.114.148262Author URL
2015James D, Warren-Forward H, 'Research methods for formal consensus development in health.', Nurse Researcher, 22 35-40 (2015)
2013James 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 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.

DOI10.2967/jnmt.113.120626
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsHelen Warren-Forward
2013James 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 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.

DOI10.2967/jnmt.113.125856
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsHelen Warren-Forward
2011James DJ, 'Case-based nuclear medicine', The Radiographer, 58 37 (2011) [C3]
2011James 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]
DOI10.2967/jnmt.111.088740
CitationsScopus - 6
Co-authorsHelen Warren-Forward
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Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014James DJ, Warren-Forward HM, 'DEVELOPMENT OF CONSENSUS STATEMENTS FOR PREGNANCY SCREENING IN DIAGNOSTIC NUCLEAR MEDICINE: A DELPHI TECHNIQUE', INTERNAL MEDICINE JOURNAL (2014) [E3]
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Co-authorsHelen Warren-Forward
2014Kelly 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]
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2012James DJ, Warren-Forward H, Cardew P, 'Pregnancy screening prior to diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures', Internal Medicine Journal, Melbourne, Vic. (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsHelen Warren-Forward
2012Clausen S, Hayes D, Meredith S, Turnbull J, James DJ, 'Carbon nanotubes in radionuclide therapy', Internal Medicine Journal, Victoria, Australia (2012) [E3]
2012Alshaikh 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]
2011James DJ, Warren-Forward H, Cardew P, 'Determining a patient's pregnancy status prior to diagnostic imaging', Internal Medicine Journal, Darwin, NT (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsHelen Warren-Forward
2011Lyall 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 grants12
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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400488
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100564
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000369
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190283
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189152
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19991 grants / $10,000

Home-Link Demonstration Model.$10,000

Funding body: Bernard van Leer Foundation

Funding bodyBernard van Leer Foundation
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNoG0178755
Type Of FundingInternational - Non Competitive
Category3IFB
UONY

19981 grants / $300,000

Community Volunteers - Supporting Families$300,000

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding bodyCommonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeCDHAC/NHMRC Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNoG0177431
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

19953 grants / $509,300

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

Funding body: Bernard van Leer Foundation

Funding bodyBernard van Leer Foundation
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0175421
Type Of FundingInternational - Non Competitive
Category3IFB
UONY

Health Information Liaison Project$42,500

Funding body: NSW Department for Women

Funding bodyNSW Department for Women
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeWomen`s Grants Program
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0175234
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Hunter Caravan Families - Training Program$20,000

Funding body: Burnside

Funding bodyBurnside
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeNew Ventures Scheme 1995
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0175499
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

19941 grants / $61,671

94APP. Homestart Australia.$61,671

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding bodyCommonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeCommunity Organisations` Support Program (COSP)
RoleLead
Funding Start1994
Funding Finish1994
GNoG0174628
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

19891 grants / $908,800

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

Funding body: Bernard van Leer Foundation

Funding bodyBernard van Leer Foundation
Project TeamDoctor Daphne James
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1989
Funding Finish1989
GNoG0175420
Type Of FundingInternational - Non Competitive
Category3IFB
UONY
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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

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

Office

RoomHB03
BuildingHunter
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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