Radiation therapy research

Radiation Therapists are highly skilled medical radiation practitioners responsible for the simulation, planning and delivery of radiation treatments. At Peter MacCallum, radiation therapists across all five campuses are actively involved in research, led by a dedicated team of researcher radiation therapists

The radiation therapy research program focuses on both technological and patient care research with a drive for innovation and translation to clinical practice. Technology is constantly evolving and radiation therapists play a key role in investigating, testing and implementing new techniques with sound evidence-based practices. Our research is also heavily aimed at improving the patient experience, relieving treatment-related anxiety and improving patient’s clinical outcomes and quality of life. The team frequently presents at national and international conferences, publishes in scientific journals and a number of our radiation therapists are principal investigators on clinical trials.  

Our group also collaborates with the broader multidisciplinary oncology team and contributes to small- and large-scale clinical trials. We also collaborate with other radiation therapy centers and universities and support students undertaking higher degrees by research.  

Radiation therapy research focus 

  • Paediatrics 
  • Surface guided radiation therapy (SGRT) 
  • Artificial intelligence in radiation therapy 
  • Stereotactic ablative/body radiation therapy (SABR/SBRT) 
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) 
  • Radiation therapy advanced practice  
  • Virtual reality 


Dr Katrina Woodford – Lead Radiation Therapist Clinician Scientist

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