Dr Yolanda Surjan

Dr Yolanda Surjan

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Radiation Therapy)

From hospital to paddock

The innovative work of Dr Yolanda Surjan is bringing radiation therapy into veterinary clinics.

Radiation therapy is a vital branch of cancer medicine. It can be used as primary treatment, as adjuvant therapy or it can be integrated into palliative care. Exposure of cancerous cells to ionising radiation introduces DNA damage, which in turn triggers cell death.

Unsurprisingly therefore, radiation therapy services and specialists are typically found in hospitals and health service departments. Thanks to the innovative work of radiation therapist Dr Yolanda Surjan, it won’t be long before they’re a common feature of veterinary clinics too.

“We’ve identified a major gap in animal medicine – and we already have the solution.”

The state of the field

When Yolanda first heard that some veterinary clinics were using radiation therapy, she was keen to learn more.

“A colleague had mentioned that there was a local vet who had been using radiation therapy on horses. So I just picked up the phone and spoke to this vet, and he was very happy to have me down at his clinic .”

Those early discussions triggered the beginning of Yolanda’s PhD project.

Supervised by UON’s medical physicist, Associate Professor Helen Warren-Forward, and Director of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Radiation Oncology and Medical Services, Associate Professor Christopher Milross, Yolanda’s project sought to clarify the current state of veterinary radiation therapy.

“I completed a retrospective study on what had been done in the past, and I slowly developed more contacts in the veterinary field. It was a bit of a brain strain getting all of that information together."

“I learned that skin cancer in horses, particularly in and around the eye, is the most common type of cancer where people were using radiation therapy.”

Although it is legal for vets to use this type of therapy, there are few protocols to follow and no rigid planning systems in place. Improper use of radiation in medicine is extremely risky - it can leave animals permanently disfigured.

“We do a pretty good job with primary skin cancer treatment in humans these days. So I knew that there was a translation possibility there.”

Accelerating research, accelerating translation

Having submitted her PhD in 2015, Yolanda applied for the Gladys M Brawn Fellowship in the hope that relief of her teaching load might help her progress with the translation of her research.

“You just have to apply for opportunities like these and then hope for the best. When I received the fellowship, it really changed things for me – now I can concentrate on my research and fast-track its implementation.”

Another highlight of Yolanda’s career, which has also enabled her to work on the translation of her PhD findings, has been her participation in CSIRO’s On Prime industry accelerator program.

“I received an email advertising an information session about the program and it outlined who it would all be targeted towards. So I went along and had a listen and it just seemed like a perfect opportunity.”

Yolanda set to work developing a multi-disciplinary team, which at present consists of a radiation oncologist, a medical physicist, a vet, a business specialist, a consumer and Yolanda herself.

“The ON program has helped me focus on how to translate my research idea into practise and how to commercialise it."

Indeed, in moving forward with her project, Yolanda has been in consultation with a diverse array of stakeholders, including equine and small animal vets, industry partners, insurance companies and animal owners.

Yolanda’s team were one of 10 teams selected to take part in the third stage of the national sci-tech accelerator – helping hone their business planning skills to pitch to potential partners and investors. It’s been a dizzying experience – and one that’s helped Yolanda move one-step closer to her goal.

An unconventional approach

Yolanda intends to establish a clinical trial investigating the application of radiation therapy on skin tumours in horses, cats and dogs. She also aims to instil adequate training of veterinary staff such that radiation therapy can be safely embedded into routine practise.

“We know there’s a need out there – there’s a customer base for sure."

“Imagine you brought in your sick cat to the vet and they said, ‘I've got a treatment that I can offer your pet that has been trialled and proven to work in humans...’ That’s not really the way things are typically done in research – it’s all gone full circle.”

Vast differences in the rigidity in regulation between animal and human health practises may have given way to some risky practises in the past, but this flexibility has also meant that Yolanda’s plans have the potential to come together much faster than if she were focused on a human cohort.

“The animal kingdom is very different – things are able to tick over very quickly."

“Everything is already lined up so beautifully in that the similar practises are already being used in humans – it’s almost too easy!”

Award winning ideas

This pioneering approach to research translation has won Yolanda UON’s inaugural Chancellor’s Award for Innovation. This award consists of $10,000 towards the development of her project, as well as ongoing support from UON’s Business Development Team.

“We already have four clinics on board – two of which I approached and two of which approached us once they had heard about our research."

“For me, it's about the research being translated, but just as long as it gets out there!”

Yolanda Surjan

From hospital to paddock

The innovative work of Dr Yoland Surjan is bringing radiation therapy into veterinary clinics.

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Career Summary

Biography

Yolanda Surjan is a  Senior Lecturer in Radiation Therapy. She holds a  Bachelor of Applied Science (MedRadTech), a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion (University of Newcastle) a Masters in Health Science Education (University of Sydney) and a PhD (University of Newcastle). Yolanda has worked internationally in the United Kingdom as a radiation therapist and has extended her expertise and knowledge through international visits and/or training in North America and Europe. 

Dr Surjan has been the recipient of five teaching awards including the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Award for Teaching Excellence (2010); a NSW Minister for Education and Training Quality Teaching Award (2009); a Faculty of Health and Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award (2008) and two Vice-Chancellor's Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2008 & 2013).

Dr Surjan's program of research focuses on two distinct areas of study; evaluation of teaching and learning practice of undergraduate health professionals (radiation therapists) and research in the area of radiation therapyclinical applications in the context of translational research in veterinary cancer treatments.

Teaching

Dr Surjan's interest in Teaching and Learning research stems from the importance of graduating high-quality health care professionals to improve health care outcomes. Her research includes the following themes: clinical reasoning, effective communication, the first year student experience, interprofessional education and student engagement in learning through the delivery of innovative techniques. In 2013, Dr Surjan was the lead project manager on the development and opening of the Radiation Therapy Simulation Laboratory at a cost of $327,000, jointly funded by The University of Newcastle and Health Workforce Australia. The UON Radiation Therapy Program now boasts a complete suite of clinical applications to mirror current clinical practice; RT Simulation Laboratory, Eclipse Planning Software for treatment planning and the 3-dimensional Vertual (VERT) Training System.

Research

Research stemming from Dr Surjan's PhD studies has identified the critical need for an expert-led movement to translate current evidence based effective treatments for ocular skin squamous cell carcinoma (in humans) to our veterinarian counterparts, with a particular focus on horses. Dr Surjan is committed to collaborative research and has international affiliations with experts in the field of equine ophthalmology in the UK as well as working relationships with multiple experts in the field of radiation oncology and medical physics in oncology. Dr Surjan is committed to supporting research higher degree students and actively recruits current clinicians to contribute to cancer research collaboratively.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Rad Tech), University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Health Science (Education), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Brachytherapy
  • First Year Experience in Education
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Equine
  • radiation therapy

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Spanish (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111208 Radiation Therapy 85
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 15

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
25/07/2016 - 25/07/2019 Gladys M. Brawn Fellowship The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Australia
30/03/2016 -  Deputy Chair Research Committee School of Health Sciences The University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2005 - 1/01/2011 Membership - Australian Institute of Radiography Australian Institute of Radiography

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2001 - 1/04/2001 Radiation Therapist Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital
Radiation Oncology
Australia
1/11/1997 - 1/01/2001 Radiation Therapist Prince of Wales Hospital
Radiation Oncology
Australia
1/02/1997 - 1/04/1997 Radiation Therapist Royal Free Hospital, London
Radiation Oncology
United Kingdom
1/01/1997 - 1/03/2001 Radiation Therapist Prince of Wales Hospital
Radiation Oncology
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2013 Vice-Chancellor's Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle
2010 Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - ALTC
Australian Learning and Teaching Council
2009 NSW Premier's Quality Teaching Award
The Australian College of Educators
2008 Faculty of Health Excellence in Teaching Award
University of Newcastle
2008 UON Vice Chancellor's Citation for Excellence in Teaching
University of Newcastle

Research Award

Year Award
2017 CSIRO Breakout Female Scientist Award
CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
2016 Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Award
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
2016 Chancellor's Award for Innovation
Newcastle Innovation, The University of Newcastle
2012 Best Research Poster Award - Current use of brachytherapy treatment of periocular squamous cell carcinoma in horses: results of an Australian Survey
Proceedings of the 9th Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMMIRT)

Invitations

Contributor

Year Title / Rationale
2015 Girls Choices Summer School Round Table Dinner

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2017 Pint of Science
Invited speaker
2017 Start Up Stories
2017 ON Prime Presentation
2016 CSIRO Public Sector Awards Pitch 2017

Organiser

Year Title / Rationale
2017 SHS Research Day 2017

Research Day Convenor.

Voted best research day by attendees. 10th research day.

Panel Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2017 2017 Women in Innovation panel (Hunter Innovation Festival)

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2017 STARTX Conference
UON's Response to Change: A New League of RT Graduates
2015 Brachytherapy for ocular and/or periocular squamous cell carcinoma in horses
2011 Leadership Workshop
Organisation: University of Newcastle Description: Leadership Workshop University of Newcastle
2007 Course Coordinator's Workshop
Organisation: University of Newcastle Description: Course Coordinator's Workshop
2007 Sessional Teaching Day
Organisation: University of Newcastle Description: Sessional Teaching Day
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Publications

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


Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Francis A, Hills C, MacDonald-Wicks L, Johnston C, James D, Surjan Y, Warren-Forward H, 'Characteristics of an ideal practice educator: Perspectives from practice educators in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy and physiotherapy and radiation therapy', Radiography, 22 287-294 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The College of Radiographers Background Practice education is a compulsory component of health programs with practice educators playing a critical role in the education of... [more]

© 2016 The College of Radiographers Background Practice education is a compulsory component of health programs with practice educators playing a critical role in the education of students. Practice educator characteristics may positively or negatively affect student learning in practice settings. This study aimed to identify characteristics of the ideal practice educator that lead to successful practical experiences as perceived by current practice educators working in the Australian context of diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and radiation therapy. Methods All practice educators (n = 1063) on the University of Newcastle Practice Educator Database were invited to participate in this prospective, cross-sectional, descriptive study via online link or paper format. Results There was a 52% response rate. The five most valued characteristics were feedback skills, non-judgemental, professionalism, clarity and listening skills. The five least valued characteristics were scholarly activity, respect for students' autonomy, well-prepared, availability and being a role model. Comparisons between disciplines, genders, ages, years in practice and levels of supervisory experience indicated some statistically significant differences, though actual differences were small. Discussion Overall there was a high degree of agreement within and between disciplines on the characteristics of the ideal practice educator. The top five skills could be classed as generic skills and not specific clinical and practice skills, thus formal training and certification schemes may enhance practice educator competence.

DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2016.04.001
Co-authors Cath Johnston, Daphne James, Helen Warren-Forward, Caroline Hills, Lesley Wicks
2016 Perram A, Hills C, Johnston C, MacDonald-Wicks L, Surjan Y, James D, Warren-Forward H, 'Characteristics of an ideal practice educator: Perspectives from undergraduate students in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and radiation therapy', Radiography, 22 295-305 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The College of Radiographers Background Practice education is a core component of undergraduate health programs, with the characteristics of the practice educator reported... [more]

© 2016 The College of Radiographers Background Practice education is a core component of undergraduate health programs, with the characteristics of the practice educator reported to have an influence on student experience during practical. This study analyses Australian student perceptions from six allied health professional undergraduate programs, to identify the characteristics of the ideal practice educator leading to successful placement experiences. Methods An existing survey developed for medical students was modified to incorporate both quantitative and qualitative responses. Participants included all students enrolled in six undergraduate health professions in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia (n = 1485). Students were invited to complete the survey via hard copy or online. Results There was a 54% response rate. The most valued characteristics were non-judgemental, clarity and feedback. The three least valued characteristics were scholarly activity, role model and practices evidence base practice. Students identified the importance of their relationship (respectful, inspirational and supportive) with the practice educator as being fundamental to a productive placement. Conclusion The characteristics identified by respondents were common to all six professions, with little differences between gender, year of program or number of placements completed. This study suggests that the attitude of the practice educator towards the student is one of the key factors that underpin the success of practice experience across allied health professions.

DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2016.04.007
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Lesley Wicks, Cath Johnston, Caroline Hills, Daphne James
2015 Surjan Y, Ostwald P, Milross C, Warren-Forward H, 'Radiation safety considerations and compliance within equine veterinary clinics: Results of an Australian survey', Radiography, 21 224-230 (2015) [C1]

© 2014 The College of Radiographers. Objective: To examine current knowledge and the level of compliance of radiation safety principles in equine veterinary clinics within Austra... [more]

© 2014 The College of Radiographers. Objective: To examine current knowledge and the level of compliance of radiation safety principles in equine veterinary clinics within Australia. Method: Surveys were sent to equine veterinary surgeons working in Australia. The survey was delivered both online and in hardcopy format; it comprised 49 questions, 15 of these directly related to radiation safety. The participants were asked about their current and previous use of radiation-producing equipment. Information regarding their level of knowledge and application of radiation safety principles and practice standards was collected and analysed. Results: The use of radiation-producing equipment was evident in 94% of responding clinics (a combination of X-ray, CT and/or Nuclear Medicine Cameras). Of those with radiation-producing equipment, 94% indicated that they hold a radiation licence, 78% had never completed a certified radiation safety course and 19% of participants did not use a personal radiation monitor. In 14% of cases, radiation safety manuals or protocols were not available within clinics. Conclusions: The study has shown that knowledge and application of guidelines as provided by the Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in Veterinary Medicine (2009) is poorly adhered to. The importance of compliance with regulatory requirements is pivotal in minimising occupational exposure to ionising radiation in veterinary medicine, thus there is a need for increased education and training in the area.

DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2014.11.007
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2015 Surjan Y, Warren-Forward H, Donaldson D, Ostwald T, Milross C, 'Ocular and periocular squamous cell carcinoma in horses: a short communication of the potential use of brachytherapy', The Australian Equine Veterinarian, 34 47-49 (2015) [C2]
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2014 Surjan Y, Donaldson D, Ostwald P, Milross C, Warren-Forward H, 'A Review of Current Treatment Options in the Treatment of Ocular and/or Periocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Horses: Is There a Definitive "Best" Practice?', Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, (2014) [C1]

This review examines the most commonly reported treatment options for ocular squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and periocular squamous cell carcinoma (POSCC) in horses and proposes t... [more]

This review examines the most commonly reported treatment options for ocular squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and periocular squamous cell carcinoma (POSCC) in horses and proposes to conclude on the most viable method based on available published studies in terms of treatment outcome, known side effects, advantages, disadvantages, and reliability of available evidence. After a literature search for peer-reviewed published articles, seven most commonly reported on treatments for OSCC and/or POSCC were identified: surgery, photodynamic therapy, carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) laser ablation, radiofrequency hyperthermia, cryotherapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Combination therapies were supported as a most successful recommendation; however, when considering site-specific outcomes, the following conclusions may be drawn: limbal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) was most effectively treated with surgery and adjunctive therapy including CO 2 laser ablation, mitomycin C, and brachytherapy; third eyelid SCC reported good outcomes when treated with surgery alone (clear margins) and in combination with brachytherapy for unclear margins; eyelid SCC, surgical resection was usually limited and most reports supported the use of adjunctive brachytherapy, although photodynamic therapy appeared to be a promising new treatment. It was deemed unreasonable to conclude on the best treatment for cornea, conjunctivae (palpebral and bulbar), and medial canthi in isolation because of lack of evidence. A consistently favored treatment for OSCC and/or POSCC in horses does not currently exist. The presentation of data in the literature and its lack of consistency make it impossible to statistically analyze and make comparative conclusions on treatment outcomes. This review provides a basis for further research to establish a best-practice protocol. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1016/j.jevs.2014.04.005
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Patricia Ostwald
2011 Surjan Y, Warren-Forward H, Milross C, 'Is there a role for radiation therapists within veterinary oncology?', Radiography, 17 250-253 (2011) [C3]
DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2011.01.004
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2010 Surjan Y, Chiarelli PE, Dempsey SE, Lyall DG, O'Toole G, Snodgrass SN, Tessier JW, 'The experience of implementing an interprofessional first year course for undergraduate health science students: The value of acting on student feedback', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 7 1-17 (2010) [C1]
Co-authors David Lyall, Suzanne Snodgrass, John Tessier, Pauline Chiarelli, Shane Dempsey, Gjyn Otoole
2008 Lyall DG, Surjan Y, 'Communication and electronic access: Medical radiation science clinical centres' perspective', The Radiographer, 55 18-21 (2008) [C1]
Co-authors David Lyall
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Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Surjan Y, Warren-Forward H, Milross C, Ostwald T, Donaldson D, 'Brachytherapy treatment of ocular/periocular squamous cell carcinoma in the horse: treatment results in 74 cases (1999-2007)' (2014)
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2013 Donaldson D, Surjan Y, Milross C, Warren-Forward H, 'Brachytherapy treatment of periocular squamous cell carcinoma in the horse: treatment results and recurrences in 42 cases (1999-2007)' (2013)
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2013 Surjan Y, Warren-Forward H, Milross C, Ostwald T, Donaldson D, 'Brachytherapy treatment of periocular squamous cell carcinoma in the horse: treatment results and recurrence in 42 cases (1999-2007)' (2013)
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2012 Surjan Y, Warren-Forward H, Milross C, Ostwald T, Donaldson D, 'Radiation protection in veterinary clinics, analysis of current practice: an Australian National Survey' (2012)
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2012 Surjan Y, Warren-Forward H, Milross C, Ostwald T, 'Current use of brachytherapy treatment in periocular squamous cell carcinoma: results of an Australian survey.' (2012)
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2011 Surjan Y, Milross C, Warren-Forward H, 'Brachytherapy treatment of periocular squamous cell carcinoma in horses: The potential for the application of radiation therapy in the veterinary sphere - Results of an Australian national survey', Proceedings of the UK Radiological Congress 2011 (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2010 Surjan Y, Milross C, Warren-Forward H, 'Is there a role for radiation therapists within veterinary oncology?', 16th ISRRT World Congress. Scientific Program (2010) [E3]
DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2011.01.004
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward
2008 Lyall D, Surjan Y, 'New Zealand: A leading light in the joint future of multi-modality imaging' (2008)
2007 Lyall D, 'Higher Education Reforms and how they have shaped nuclear medicine science education for the future.' (2007)
Co-authors David Lyall
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 35
Total funding $4,523,106

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


201712 grants / $170,478

Evaluation of the effect of micro- and nanoparticulate dust exposure in the mining industry on human health and the development of an early detection system$50,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Yolanda Surjan, Dr Susan Hua, Ass Prof Thomas Fiedler, Ass Prof Kenneth Williams

Scheme Seed grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Evaluation of the effect of micro and nanoparticulate dust exposure in the mining industry on human health and the development of an early detection system$48,865

Funding body: Varley Group

Funding body Varley Group
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan, Doctor Susan Hua, Associate Professor Thomas Fiedler, Doctor Kenneth Williams
Scheme Post Graduate Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1701315
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

ON Accelerate 3$23,113

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700527
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

CSIRO ON Accelerate Program$15,000

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team

Yolanda Surjan, David Lyall, Helen Warren-Forward, Jenny Smart, Chris Milross, Greg Ryan

Scheme Innovation Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

2016 Chancellor's Award for Innovation$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan
Scheme Chancellor's Award for Innovation
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701062
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Radiation Therapy Research Projects$4,000

Funding body: TROG (Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group)

Funding body TROG (Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group)
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan, Joan Torony
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700621
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Scholarship for Student Participation in Research$4,000

Funding body: Integrated Clinical Oncology Network Pty Ltd (ICON)

Funding body Integrated Clinical Oncology Network Pty Ltd (ICON)
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan, Rebecca Dwyer, Carly Anderson
Scheme Scholarship for Student Participation in Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700820
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Radiation Therapy Research Projects$4,000

Funding body: Crestani Family Foundation

Funding body Crestani Family Foundation
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan, Mr Adam Chandler
Scheme Scholarships in Radiotherapy
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701339
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

Radiation Therapy Research Projects $4,000

Funding body: Integrated Clinical Oncology Network Pty Ltd (ICON)

Funding body Integrated Clinical Oncology Network Pty Ltd (ICON)
Project Team

ICON Group

Scheme Scholarship for Student Participation in Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

2017 FHEAM Linkage Pilot Grant$3,500

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine Pilot Grant University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine Pilot Grant University of Newcastle
Project Team

Yolanda Surjan

Scheme UON Faculty of Health and Medicine Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Radiation Therapy Research Projects$2,000

Funding body: TROG (Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group)

Funding body TROG (Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group)
Project Team

Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group

Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

2017 SHS Strategic Pilot Grant$2,000

Funding body: School of Health Sciences Research and Research Training Committee

Funding body School of Health Sciences Research and Research Training Committee
Project Team

Yolanda Surjan, Daphne James, Sharmaine McKiernan, David Lyall, John Tessier

Scheme SHS 2017 Strategic Pilot Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20169 grants / $4,188,315

ELEKTA Monaco Educational, Research and Development Training Software - In-Kind$4,081,915

ELEKTA has provided the UON RT Program with an in-kind donation of Radiation Therapy-specific Software that will contribute to the education, research and development of Radiation Therapy Professionals within the Australian community.

Funding body: ELEKTA Cancer Care Company

Funding body ELEKTA Cancer Care Company
Project Team

Dr Yolanda Surjan

Scheme ELEKTA Cancer Care Company - In-Kind Donation
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Gladys M Brawn Memorial Fellowship$75,000

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

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Scheme Gladys M Brawn Memorial Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Chancellor's Award for Innovation$10,000

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Newcastle Innovation, The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Yolanda Surjan

Scheme The University of Newcastle, Chancellor's Award for Innovation
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

CSIRO ON Prime Pre-Accelerator Program: Australia's National Innovation Accelerator Program$5,000

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team

Dr Yolanda Surjan, Associate Professor Helen Warren-Forward, Associate Professor Chris Milross, David Lyall, Dr Jenny Smart, Yeshesvini Chandar

Scheme Australia's National Innovation Accelerator Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Radiation Therapy Research Projects$4,000

Funding body: Central Coast Local Health District

Funding body Central Coast Local Health District
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan, Mr Adam Chandler
Scheme Central Coast Cancer Centre Scholarship Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601177
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Radiation Therapy Research Projects$4,000

Funding body: South Western Sydney Local Health District

Funding body South Western Sydney Local Health District
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan, Ms Lynette Cassapi
Scheme Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre Scholarship Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601179
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Radiation Therapy Research Projects$4,000

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan, Mr Matthew Hoffman
Scheme Cancer Centre Scholarship Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601370
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Development of a National Survey: Enhancement of Clinical and Research Strengths in Radiation Therapy Practice at UON$2,400

Funding body: The University of Newcastle - The School of Health Sciences

Funding body The University of Newcastle - The School of Health Sciences
Project Team

Dr Yolanda Surjan, Dr Daphne James, John Tessier, Alisha Moore, David Lyall

Scheme SHS Strategic Research Pilot Scheme - 2016
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Radiation Therapy Research Projects$2,000

Funding body: TROG (Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group)

Funding body TROG (Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group)
Project Team

Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG)

Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20151 grants / $20,871

Non-Clinical Rapid Arc Upgrade$20,871

Funding body: Faculty of Health

Funding body Faculty of Health
Scheme Faculty of Health and Medicine Teaching and Learning Equipment Round
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20141 grants / $1,500

Proceedings of the Italian Society for Equine Veterinary (SIVE). Milan, Italy$1,500

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Yolanda Surjan

Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20132 grants / $37,285

Faculty of Health Capital Equipment Round$35,785

For the purchase of custom-designed patient trolleys for radiation therapy positioning and immobilisation laboratories

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

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team

Yolanda Surjan

Scheme Equipment Round
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

ESTRO - 2nd Oncology Forum, Geneva Switzerland, 19 - 23 April 2013$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 Yolanda Surjan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300404
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20126 grants / $80,557

Faculty of Health Capital Expenditure for Teaching$25,000

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

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team

Yolanda Surjan

Scheme Faculty of Health Capital Expenditure for Teaching
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

ERF Teaching Relief - Surjan$24,998

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan, Professor Darren Rivett
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1101082
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Equipment Grant$14,057

Funding body: The University of Newcastle - Facilities Management

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Facilities Management
Project Team

Yolanda Surjan

Scheme Equipment Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Faculty of Health Funding for Equipment to Support Research Activities$10,000

Faculty of Health and Medicine Funding for Equipment to Support Research Activities: purchase of medical lasers for Radiation Therapy Simulation Laboratory

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

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team

Yolanda Surjan

Scheme Equipment Round
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Evaluation of current brachytherapy treatment of squamous cell carcinoma in horses within Australia: Development and implementation of treatment and radiation safety protocols$5,002

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Yolanda Surjan
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship (Equipment)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100902
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO) Barcelona, Spain, 9 - 13 May 2012$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 Yolanda Surjan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200489
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $1,500

UKRC Radiological Congress 2011, Manchester, UK, 60-08 June 2011$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 Yolanda Surjan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100287
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $10,000

Supporting commencing students: A university-wide template for the development and implementation of school-specific care packs$10,000

Funding body: Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle

Funding body Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Yolanda Surjan, David Lyall, Tony Buxton, Sharmaine McKiernan, Helen Warren-Forward

Scheme Teaching and Learning Project Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20071 grants / $9,600

First year experience specific website: supporting and advancing first year student transition into higher education across all Newcastle University campuses$9,600

Funding body: Centre for Teaching and Learning, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Centre for Teaching and Learning, The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Yolanda Surjan

Scheme Centre for Teaching & Learning Research Grant 2009
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20051 grants / $3,000

The validation of a Personal Qualities Interview (PQI) in the selection of Medical Radiation Science students at the University of Newcastle$3,000

Funding body: Australian Institute of Radiography

Funding body Australian Institute of Radiography
Project Team Mr David Lyall, Mr Tony Buxton, Doctor Yolanda Surjan
Scheme Research Sponsorship Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185606
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 Masters Retrospective Analysis of Acute and Late Toxicities in Patients Being Treated with Radiotherapy to the Head & Neck Area. M Philosophy (Med RadiationSc), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 Masters An Investigation into Intergenerational Communication Strategies in Radiation Therapy M Philosophy (Med RadiationSc), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 Masters Assessing the Feasibility of Developing an Exercise and Nutrition Program for Breast Cancer Patients During Radiation Therapy Treatment. M Philosophy (Med RadiationSc), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters Development and Evaluation of an Education Tool for Standardising Organ at Risk (OAR) Contouring for Head and Neck Cancer Treatment in Radiation Oncology TROG Clinical Trials M Philosophy (Med RadiationSc), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters An Investigation of Strategies to Reduce Psychological Distress in Radiation Therapists M Philosophy (Med RadiationSc), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Assess the relationship between imaging measures, and biomechanical/functional & motor impairment measures Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia) Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Radiation Therapy Simulation Laboratory 2012 - 2013

The $327,000 lab was funded by the University and the Australian government (HWA): project manager - Dr Yolanda Surjan.


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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 5
Ireland 2
United Kingdom 1
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News

Ensuring Australian women are the innovators of the future

May 16, 2017

Successful female visionaries from the University of Newcastle (UON) will share their experience navigating a career in innovation at the 2017 Women in Innovation event next week

Cancer treatment for animals on the research fast-track

December 9, 2016

A team of UON researchers is one step closer to having their research innovation delivered through a national acceleration program.

Excellence in Innovation awarded

November 22, 2016

Newcastle Innovation hosted their annual Awards ceremony on Friday 18 November at Merewether Surfhouse.

Dr Yolanda Surjan

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Radiation Therapy

Contact Details

Email yolanda.surjan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 492 17850
Fax (02) 492 17053
Link Research and Innovation Cluster

Office

Room HB06
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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