Medical Imaging


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Jenny Sim

Associate Professor Jenny Hiow Hui Sim - PhD (Medical Radiations), MSc (Medical Imaging Technology)

Medical Imaging Programme Director

Associate Professor Jenny Hiow Hui Sim is the Programme Director of Medical Imaging. Jenny obtained her PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne, in December 2006. She has extensive university teaching experience, having taught in a number of Australian universities prior to joining University of Auckland in December 2013. She enjoys pushing boundaries, in particular, designing innovative curricula that enhance student learning and assist student transition from university to workplace.

As part of the scholarship of learning and teaching, Jenny also facilitates workshops for university academics and clinicians on learning and teaching and reflective practice respectively.

While both her PhD and MSc studies were aimed at postgraduate and undergraduate education in Medical Radiations and had a strong applied focus, her current research has an interdisciplinary focus across health sciences disciplines. Jenny's primary research is in learning and teaching in higher education.

Her research areas include simulation learning, online learning, reflective practice, continuing professional development and student centred learning. Her research grants in recent years were from a variety of funding bodies including universities, professional association and Health Workforce of Australia.

 

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Adrienne Young - MHSc (Hons) (Med Rad Tech), PGDipHSc (MRI), BAppSc (Diag Rad)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Medical Imaging Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator

Adrienne is a Professional Teaching Fellow and is responsible for coordinating all of the Medical Imaging programmes at the University of Auckland. Along with Shelley Park, she also has a specialist responsibility for leading the MRI courses.   

During the early stages of her radiography career, Adrienne worked in a wide variety of settings including a large public hospital, smaller private hospital, sole-charge rural hospital in Australia and the private sector in Auckland. Adrienne commenced in MRI in the early 1990s at a large, tertiary public hospital in Brisbane and subsequently set-up and managed two MRI scanners for a private radiology company in Auckland.

Adrienne's academic career began in 2004 with the development of the first postgraduate MRI course at Unitec. In 2012, in conjunction with Shelley Park, she moved to the University of Auckland to establish the postgraduate Medical Imaging programmes. Adrienne's master's research investigated role development for MRI Technologists in New Zealand.

Adrienne has extensive experience in online teaching and always enjoys implementing innovative teaching practices to encourage student learning and engagement. She is currently researching the use of PeerWise in her courses. Adrienne also has strong interests in MRI safety, and imaging anatomy and pathology.

 

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Shelley Park - MHSc (Medical Radiation Technology), ACBD (Diagnostic Radiography)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Medical Imaging Postgraduate Clinical Coordinator

Shelley is a Professional Teaching Fellow and is responsible for coordinating all of the clinical aspects of the postgraduate Medical Imaging programmes at the University of Auckland. In addition to managing the Medical Imaging Clinical Liaison Team, Shelley has a specialist responsibility for leading the MRI courses along with Adrienne Young.  

Shelley began her academic career in 2005 while holding a Charge MRI Technologist role in Auckland after completing Master's research comparing the claustrophobic effects on patients using both open and closed MRI scanner designs. Over time she has increased her involvement in education while retaining her clinical skills. She has served seven years as a Board member of the Medical Radiation Technologists Board and remains a REA Assessor and is an Online Exam Committee member.

In conjunction with Adrienne Young, Shelley joined the University of Auckland in 2012, to establish all of the postgraduate Medical Imaging programmes.

 

Tracey Pieterse

Tracey Pieterse – MTech (Radiography), BTech (Diagnostic & Radiation Therapy), NDip (Diagnostic & Radiation Therapy)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Medical Imaging Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator

Tracey is a Professional Teaching Fellow and is responsible for coordinating the clinical aspects of the undergraduate Medical Imaging programme at the University of Auckland.

Tracey worked as a Diagnostic Medical Imaging Technologist for six years before training as a radiation therapist. In 2006, Tracey joined the University of Johannesburg to pursue a career in radiography education. After completing her Master’s Degree in 2013, Tracey decided to register for a Doctoral Degree which she is currently working towards completing. Her thesis is titled “A model to facilitate critical thinking of radiography students”.

Tracey joined the University of Auckland in 2019 to assist with the implementation of the undergraduate Medical Imaging programme.  Tracey has a passion for medical imaging education, and her research areas include critical thinking and problem solving in medical imaging.

 

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Dr Beau Pontré - PhD (Physics), BSc (Hons)
Senior Lecturer (Medical Imaging Physicist)

Beau Pontré is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and has a specialist responsibility for coordinating and supporting the physics and technology courses in the Medical Imaging programmes. Aside from his teaching responsibilities, Beau is working on a number of research projects involving MRI.

Beau completed his PhD in Physics at the University of Western Australia in 2006. In that same year, he started working as an MRI Physicist with the Centre for Advanced MRI (CAMRI) at the University of Auckland, where he was responsible for managing a 4.7T research scanner and providing physics and technical support for CAMRI's clinical imaging facilities.

Since 2013, he has been in an academic role with the Medical Imaging team at the University of Auckland.

 

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Dr Samantha Holdsworth - PhD (Physics), BSc (Hons)

Senior Lecturer (Medical Imaging Physicist)

Samantha Holdsworth is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and supports the MRI physics and technology courses in the Medical Imaging programmes. Samantha is also working on several research projects involving MRI. 

Samantha completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2006. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow and then senior scientist at Stanford University, where she worked on novel ways of imaging the brain for a number of clinical applications. 

Since 2018, she has been in an academic role with the Medical Imaging team at the University of Auckland. Her current research focus is in the application of new methods for understanding mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

 

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Rhonda-Joy Sweeney - MHSc (Medical Radiation Sciences), PGDipHSc (Mammography), DSR
Professional Teaching Fellow

Rhonda-Joy is a Professional Teaching Fellow and has a specialist responsibility for leading the mammography courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging Programme. Her clinical background is in diagnostic radiography and mammography. Rhonda-Joy’s academic career in Medical Imaging includes New Zealand and Australia undergraduate, postgraduate certificate and diploma, and graduate entry master programmes. Her teaching focus is from an evidence-based perspective to facilitate in the student a reflective and critical approach to best practice in order to provide optimal outcomes for the patient.

Rhonda-Joy is currently a PhD Candidate in Medical Imaging Radiation Sciences with the University of Sydney, Australia. Her thesis title is Mammographic image quality criteria for the craniocaudal projection. 

To access Rhonda-Joy’s selected research outputs go to: https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/people/r-sweeney

 

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Heather Gunn - MHSc (Medical Radiation Sciences), Dip (Diagnostic & Therapeutic Radiography), BA (Psych)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Heather has a specialist responsibility for leading the Image Evaluation courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging Programme.

Heather’s undergraduate education covered both Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy, but she has mainly worked in Diagnostic Radiography since qualifying. She completed her Masters in Medical Imaging in 2009 and previously developed and taught postgraduate image interpretation at another institution.

Heather’s teaching is focused on an authentic model of learning which is contextualised to clinical practice in order to have relevance for the student and to improve patient outcomes.

 

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Catherine Lyman - PGCert Computed Radiography (Medical Imaging: Computed Tomography), BSc (Hons)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Catherine has a specialist responsibility for leading the CT courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging Programme.

Catherine commenced in CT in 1999 as a new graduate in England and continued working in CT upon her move to New Zealand in 2001. On return to Northern Ireland in 2007, she took up Clinical Specialist posts, subsequently setting-up a CT service in the public sector and at a private imaging centre in Belfast.

Catherine's academic career began in early 2014 with the development of the first postgraduate CT course at the University of Auckland.

 

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Karen Wallis - PGDip (Public Health) (Distinction), DMU, NDMDI
Professional Teaching Fellow

Karen has a specialist responsibility for leading the ultrasound courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging programme.

She joined the Medical Imaging team at the University of Auckland in November 2014. Previously, Karen has held positions as a charge sonographer in public and private clinical settings.

 

Adriana Mijatovic

Adriana Mijatovic – BMRSc (Ultrasonography) 
Professional Teaching Fellow

Adriana provides additional specialist expertise on the ultrasound courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging programme.

Adriana joined the Medical Imaging team at the University in September 2018. She completed her studies in general sonography in Canada, and has dedicated most of her clinical experience to working in the public setting. Adriana has a passion for ultrasound and helping guide future sonographers reach their full potential.

 

Cathy Sorensen

Cathy Sorensen
Professional Teaching Fellow

Cathy provides additional specialist expertise on the ultrasound courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging programme. She is responsible for co-ordinating several of the postgraduate utrasound courses.

Cathy is currently Charge Sonographer working for a private radiology practice in Auckland. She has a long history of clinical teaching and has a special interest in this area.

 

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Karen Wiki – NDMDI, Dip (Radionuclide Imaging) 
Professional Teaching Fellow

Karen provides specialist clinical expertise on the nuclear medicine courses, for the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging Programme.

Karen has extensive experience in Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT and regained a practising certificate in Medical Imaging (CT only) in 2013, thus her clinical experience is varied. She completed a Diploma in Radionuclide Imaging in 1996 and since then has worked around New Zealand and in the UK.  

 

Loren Katchel

Loren Katchel - BMRSc (Nuclear Medicine)

Professional Teaching Fellow

Loren has been employed as a nuclear medicine and PET technologist for the past 8 years in both the private and public sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom.

The majority of Loren's employment has been in large tertiary hospitals. Since 2015, she has played a large role in student and staff clinical education, in particular for Queensland Health where she has been responsible for developing training programs and procedural instructions.

Loren has a strong interest in molecular imaging and currently works with one of only two PET/MRI scanners in clinical use in the Southern Hemisphere.

 

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Dr Jill Yielder – PhD; MEd; DipEd; DCR
Honorary Senior Lecturer (Medical Imaging)

Dr Jill Yielder is a Senior Lecturer, Medical Programme Directorate and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine (Department of Psychological Medicine).

Jill is curriculum developer and Co-ordinator of the Personal & Professional Skills Domain of the Medical Programme at the University of Auckland 3 days a week, with a private practice in Jungian Analysis and psychotherapy the rest of the week. She was previously Discipline Leader/Programme Leader for Medical Imaging at Unitec.

Jill has been involved in education for medical imaging for the past 30 years. She is also a Member of the NZIMRT Advanced Practice Working Party.

 

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