Kerrie joined the ANZ committee at the start of the 2019, and has now stepped into the role of branch chair. She graduated from ARA Institute of Canterbury, New Zealand and is now living and working in Perth Western Australia where she is a shift worker in general radiography. Her interest in forensic radiology begun when she attended a conference that a now fellow ANZ committee member presented at. After attending the DVI course run by the ANZ-IAFR last year she gained invaluable knowledge and enjoyed the informative speakers who shared their knowledge and experiences with her.
Kerrie wanted to become involved in forensics because of the opportunity to allow her imaging training and skills to help serve justice and/or reasoning for those who have passed away. Kerrie recommends others get involved in forensics as it provides a great variety and you can be involved in bringing closure to grieving families. She is proud of the study days and courses the ANZ IAFR holds and looks forward to the future learning opportunities the ANZ branch runs.
Vice Chair & DVI Co-ordinator
Deborah is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Debbie has previously combined her teaching role as discipline leader for MRS at QUT with an active clinical role specializing in Computed Tomography. Deborah is passionate about education and enhancing the learning
experiences for students.
After completing the Disaster Victim Identification workshop in 2018 Deborah became involved in the ANZ IAFR committee and took on the tough role of completing a term as branch chair before handing over the role and continuing to support the new chair. Deborah is passionate about education and got involved in the committee support the development of awareness and skills of forensic imaging across the profession.
Rebecca is from the south of New Zealand where she studied radiography and after spending some time in Australia and Ireland she is now back living and working in the South Island of New Zealand as a general radiographer. After joining the Inaugural ANZ branch committee in 2018, Rebecca has put in a lot of time and effort into the committee and after assisting the very busy Edel in her role has taken on the Secretary role herself this year.
Rebecca is quite the adventurer, enjoying her time outside radiography hiking, diving and sailing but you can also find her reading or writing if she finds herself stuck indoors. Rebecca would recommend others to get involved in forensics as it opens your career to another world of other teams to work with and it's important and highly rewarding to contribute to providing quality evidence for cases and mysteries as well as reuniting victims with their loved ones.
Edel gained her radiography qualifications in Ireland and 7 years ago moved to Australia. As well as her Bsc in Medical Imaging, she has a MSc in CT, Forensic Radiography and Forensic Medicine and is currently in a lecturing role at RMIT in Melbourne. Edel is one of the founding members of the ANZ IAFR branch and is the current Chair of the IAFR, serving on the international committee since 2012.
Edel became involved in forensic imaging after she met Prof Marie Cassidy (retired Irish State Pathologist) who was presenting at a study day she attended in Ireland in 2007 and went on to perform a lot of PM imaging for the Irish State Pathologist and set up a PMCT service in her Dublin hospital.
She has organised countless forensic study days and coordinated several Disaster Victim Identification courses in Ireland and Australia and has many more events up her sleeve for the future. Since 2010 Edel has been involved in reviewing the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy’s forensic imaging guidelines and her work on forensic topics has been presented at ASMIRT, ANZPIC, ISFRI and ISSRT conferences and published in many journals including the Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging.
Over the years Edel says she has met many interesting people and loves that her involvement has broadened her knowledge and understanding of how imaging can help answer questions of law and bring justice and peace to families.
CPD Co-ordinator and Social Media officer
Courtney is from Perth, Western Australia and graduated in 2013 from Curtin University. She has worked in CT and general x-ray since. Her love of travel lead to a short time working in the Northern Territory before relocating to the UK and working in London and Bristol where she currently lives and works, getting away to travel when ever she can.
Courtney became involved in forensic imaging after hearing about the IAFR Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) for radiographers course, which was held in 2018 in Melbourne. At the conclusion of the course further interest was sparked and this lead to becoming a committee member of the ANZ branch of the IAFR. Spending a short time in Darwin she contributed to setting up the Post Mortem CT service there and has since completed CT DVI training in the UK and a short course in forensic anthropology and archaeology.
Courtney would like to see the ANZ IAFR create education opportunities for radiographers undertaking forensic practices and to provide standardisation of optimised protocols for Australian and NZ practices.
Tony qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in 1978, working as a locum for a short time before settling in Newcastle where he gained clinical and forensic imaging experience for 10 years. He then worked at the Hunter Institute of Higher Education, which became the University of Newcastle, a position he held for almost 30 years before retiring from academic life in 2016. He developed the Medical Radiation Science programme with roles including lecturing, clinical placement design and supervision, program assessment and professional body accreditation of the 3 programs. As Deputy Chair of the UoN Human research ethics Committeee has been heavily involved in developing ethical design for research projects and advises on educational matters for the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia, and The Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapists (ASMIRT). He has also been involved in published studies involving the use of radiation for both human and animal studies.
Since retiring from academic life Tony has kept himself very busy. He provides radiography education to chiropractors at Macquarie university, gives radiographer input into the Mortuary Technician program at Western Sydney University and works as casual forensic radiographer for the NSW Department of Health mortuary services.
Tony would recommend to others to get involved in the IAFR as it expands your skill set and provides a challenge. He believes forensic imaging is an important service to provide and feels it is just as valuable as clinical imaging cases as it helps to provide answers or repatriation to grieving families. He finds great satisfaction in working in a multi-disciplinary team and seeing the dignity and respect forensic services show to the decedents and their families.
Margaux received her radiography qualifications in 2013 from Queensland University of Technology and currently works in Queensland where she has also trained in mammography, CT and MRI.
Spending most of her time in MRI, Margaux’s interest in forensic radiography came from her work in post mortem MRI and she became a member of the ANZ committee after being roped in by fellow colleague and committee member Debbie.
Margaux sees her involvement in the IAFR an opportunity to contribute towards improved forensic radiographic education in Australia and New Zealand and recommends others to join the IAFR to gain access to education sessions from leading industry professionals.
Vicki is our newest ANZ IAFR committee member, who qualified in Wellington New Zealand in 1989, working clinically in all areas of Radiography, focussing on Mammography, ED/Trauma imaging, Mobile/OT and Paediatric Forensic Radiography. From the late 90’s she moved into academic roles including as a lecturer and programme coordinator in both New Zealand and Australia. Vicki is currently still living and working in Australia where she holds roles on both the ASMIRT and NZMIRT committees and is the current secretary of the Queensland CEC.
Carlie’s career in radiography begun after a short time studying science and paramedics. She graduated and began working in Melbourne at the Alfred Hospital where she gained skills in general x-ray and CT in a busy and large trauma hospital. Looking for a change of lifestyle lead Carlie to work in Darwin where she obtained a position at the Royal Darwin Hospital with a small team to build the CT department which now runs over 2 sites.
After the forensic service was started at the Royal Darwin Hospital Carlie gained exposure to forensic imaging and became the lead forensic radiographer in the department. She hopes to continue her learning in forensics and further expand the skills of other forensic radiographers. Carlie finds working with the forensic pathology department to be a highlight of her forensics career so far, as she has gained an in depth look into the forensic world and enjoys working towards outcomes that provide results for both the radiology department and the pathology department.