Mrs Debra Lee

Mrs Debra Lee

Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

I have worked clinically as a radiation therapist since 1985 in public and private centres in Australia. During this time I have been a part of great change and advancement in technology, treatment techniques and patient outcomes. My interest in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) developed early in my career when I was the radiation therapist involved in the training and development of the SRS program at Westmead Hospital. This peaked my interest in the vital role of contouring & documentation accuracy in successful radiation therapy treatments. Throughout my clinical career I have conducted clinical research studies in this area, that have facilitated practice change.

During the period that I have worked in industry, as a Clinical Applications Specialist for radiation therapy related products, I was involved in the VERT (Virtual Environment Radiation Therapy) implementation in Australian universities funded by a Department of Health & Aging Government grant. This has bought the technological basis of radiation therapy education to the forefront. My background knowledge of VERT is proving an invaluable tool to me as an academic in instilling the principles & importance of good radiation therapy practice in our future professionals.

As an academic, I have interest in the role of students and supervisors in the professional practice and the way students progress through this important field of study.  As health professions we rely on professional practice to develop students and transition them into qualified practitioners.  I am interested in the ways we can assist students and their supervisors to ensure this is a practical, equitable & successful process.

Areas of Research Interest

My major areas of research interest include: the use & development of simulation tools for assessment; accuracy of contouring in radiation therapy treatment planning; stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) & stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR) techniques; reflection & communication techniques.

Teaching

I believe that above all a radiation therapist is responsible for the holistic well being of the patients in our care. As a mentor to burgeoning future professionals in this field, I believe it is our responsibility to ensure that our graduates have not only outstanding quality technical education in the field but who are also caring and compassionate individuals who understand our role in patient care. I have responsibility for curriculum development, teaching and course co-ordination of courses relating to radiation therapy clinical methods and professional practice, and oncology. I have also overseen the development of advanced practice short courses in Palliative Care, and Patient Assessment for the wider radiation therapy community.

Collaborations

The contacts I have within the radiation therapy community, not only in Australia but further afield, have been developed through many years of clinical and industry experience. My involvement in the VERT Australian Community of Practice (VACOP) has provided valuable shared resources for the use of the VERT system with our undergraduate students.  Planned future collaborations with overseas VERT users are also planned.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Rad Tech-Rad Ther, University of Sydney
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Radiography, Royal Australasian College of Radiologists

Keywords

  • Clinical Accuracy
  • Communication
  • Radiation Therapy
  • SABR
  • Simulation
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
9/02/2013 - 28/02/2014 Clinical Applications Specialist NL-Tec
Australia
10/09/2010 - 1/02/2013 Clinical Applications Specialist alphaXRT
Australia
17/09/2004 - 17/09/2010 Senior Radiation Therapist Radiation Oncology Institute Gosford
Australia
1/01/2001 - 17/09/2004 Reasearch Assistant East Coast Medical Physics
Australia
1/09/1995 - 30/11/1999 Senior Radiation Therapist Radiation Oncology Institute Gosford
Australia
15/01/1986 - 25/07/1995 Radiation Therapist Westmead Hospital WSAHS
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
MRSC3220 Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIIA
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2015 - 17/06/2017
MRSC1210 Oncology in Australia
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 15/05/2014 - 31/12/2014
MRSC1201 Radiation Therapy Methods 1A
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lecturer & COurse Coordinator 15/05/2014 - 17/06/2017
MRSC1220 Radiation Therapy Professional Practice 1B
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lecturer & Course Coordinator 15/05/2014 - 17/06/2017
MRSC3200 Radiation Therapy Methods IIIA
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2015 - 17/06/2017
MRSC3270 Radiation Therapy Methods IIIB
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lecturer & Course Coordinator 1/01/2017 - 17/06/2017
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Mrs Debra Lee

Position

Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email debra.lee@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4913 8181

Office

Room HA22
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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