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Jenny Sim

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

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) (Medical Radiation Technology), PGDipHSc (MRI), BAppSc (Diagnostic Radiography)
Professional Teaching Fellow (Medical Imaging Programme Coordinator)

Adrienne is a Professional Teaching Fellow and is responsible for coordinating all of the Medical Imaging programmes at the University of Auckland. In addition, along with Shelley Park, she has a specialist responsibility for leading the MRI courses and is part of the Medical Imaging Clinical Liaison Team.   

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. She 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 courses at Unitec. In 2012, in conjunction with Shelley Park, she moved to the University of Auckland to establish all of the postgraduate Medical Imaging programmes. Adrienne's Master's research investigated role development for MRI Technologists in New Zealand.

 

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

Shelley is a Professional Teaching Fellow and is responsible for coordinating all of the clinical aspects of the 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 and Overseas Qualification Assessor.

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

 

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

Beau Pontré is a 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 pre-clinical 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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Rhonda-Joy Sweeney - MHSc (MRS), PGDipHSc (Mammography), DSR
Professional Teaching Fellow

Rhonda-Joy has a specialist responsibility for leading the mammography courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging Programme. Her diagnostic radiography and mammography clinical experience has included Dunedin, Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney positions.

Rhonda-Joy's education roles in Medical Imaging have been at undergraduate, graduate entry master, and postgraduate programme levels at Unitec NZ, the University of Sydney, and now the University of Auckland.

Rhonda-Joy's focus in teaching 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.

 

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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 trained in both Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy, but has worked in Diagnostic since qualifying. She completed her Masters in Medical Imaging in 2009 and previously developed and taught postgraduate image interpretation at another institution.

In the last two years she has developed the on-line Radiology course for the 4th, 5th and 6th Year Medical students.

 

Catherine Lyman

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.

 

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Sangeeta Kumar MMS (Medical Sonography), GradDip (Medical Sonography), BAppSc (Medical Radiation Technology), Dip(Diagnostic Radiography)

Professional Teaching Fellow

Sangeeta is a general sonographer at the Waitemata Health Board. She obtained her Diploma in Radiography from Fiji and a Bachelor in Medical Radiation Technology from the University Of Newcastle in Australia. On finishing her degree, Sangeeta taught at the Fiji School of Medicine as a lecturer in radiography. 

Sangeeta continued her studies and completed a Graduate Diploma in Ultrasound in 2009 and Masters in Ultrasound in 2015; both qualifications from the University of South Australia. Since qualifying as a sonographer, she has worked within the New Zealand public health system performing a variety of scanning including general, obstetrics, vascular and paediatrics.

 

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Nilesh Kumar DMU (Vascular), DMU (General), PGDip Health Science (Ultrasound)

Professional Teaching Fellow

Nilesh provides additional clinical expertise on the ultrasound courses. He is a senior General and Vascular Sonographer at Middlemore Hospital (CMDHB) and Mercy Radiology. Nilesh completed his Medical Radiation Technologist training in Fiji and New Zealand. He did his Vascular ultrasound training at Westmead Vascular Lab in Sydney and General ultrasound training at Auckland City Hospital. 

Nilesh has worked at various public and privates clinics across Australia and New Zealand. He has a keen interest in ultrasound education and is actively involved in the teaching and training of Sonographers and Radiology Registers at his clinical practice and University of Auckland.

 

Martin Necas

Martin Necas - MMS (Medical Sonography), AA Degree (Diagnostic Ultrasound)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Martin Necas provides additional clinical expertise on the ultrasound courses. He is a senior general and vascular sonographer practitioner and lecturer in medical ultrasound. His clinical work sites span across several departments and clinics in Hamilton.

Martin has worked in ultrasound since 1995 in a variety of hospital and private settings in New Zealand, Australia and the US performing ultrasound scans across many subspecialties.

Martin has presented over 100 conference presentations, published several papers, written a book on ultrasound artefacts and has a long history of clinical teaching.

 

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Jo McCann – PGDipHSc (Ultrasound), DMU, BHSc (Medical Imaging), NDMDI
Professional Teaching Fellow

Jo provides additional clinical expertise on the ultrasound courses. She is a senior sonographer practitioner and presently lives in Hamilton where she works for a private imaging company. She has worked in ultrasound since 1998 in a variety of hospital and private settings in New Zealand, Australia and Canada performing ultrasound scans across many subspecialties.

Jo has had an interest in teaching for many years and has been an active member of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine.

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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. 

Karen recently moved to the Nelson region whilst commuting to work clinically at Pacific Radiology in Wellington three days a week. 

 

David Newbery – Dip (Radionuclide Imaging), Advanced Certificate in Applied Sciences (NZCS)
Professional Teaching Fellow

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

David first entered into the field of Nuclear Medicine in 1978 at Christchurch Hospital. In 1998 he gained a Diploma in Radionuclide Imaging and was registered as a MRT with the NZ MRTB. In 1999 David moved to Auckland to help set up a new private nuclear medicine practice, New Zealand Medical Imaging (NZMI).

In 2005 he became the General Manager of this practice, and in 2009 its Managing Director, the position he holds today.

 

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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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