Personal details

Name
Dr Andrew Fielding
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Chemistry & Physics
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Chem Physics Mech Engineering - CDA
Discipline *
Other Physical Sciences, Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Phone
+61 7 3138 5325
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Ph.d in Physics (University of Portsmouth)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member of the Institute of Physics
  • Member Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine
  • Chartered Physicist
Keywords

Imaging, Medical Physics, Radiation Therapy

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

I am a physicist whose research interests are in medical imaging and radiation therapy. I have led and supervised research in image guided radiotherapy, translation of new technologies and techniques, and monte-carlo techniques for dosimetry of complex radiotherapy treatment techniques. This research work has been translated into clinical practice in radiotherapy departments improving the standard of care for cancer patients. I hold a B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Surrey, UK and a PhD (Thesis title: Final State Effects in Neutron Compton Scattering) from the University of Portsmouth, UK. I spent four years at the Institute of Cancer Research / Royal Marsden Hospital, UK carrying out post-doctoral research in the radiotherapy research group. I currently hold the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Physics within the Science & Engineering Faculty. I am the course co-ordinator of the QUT Graduate Diploma and Master of Applied Science programs in Medical Physics.

Career History

  • 2008 – present: Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2007 – present: Course Coordinator, GradDip/MAppSc (Medical Physics)
  • 2004 – 2008: Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2000 – 2004: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Joint Department of Physics, Institute of Cancer Research & Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK
  • 1998 – 2000: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  • 1997 – 1998: Algorithm Development and Data Analysis, Advanced Systems Architecture Ltd, Alton, UK
This information has been contributed by Dr Andrew Fielding.

Teaching

Learning and Teaching Philosophy

I have significant experience of learning and teaching in higher education since 2000 and over the course of this period have seen significant changes in the practice as well as significant shifts in the expectations of the learners and the organisation in which I primarily operate. This has required a significant amount of flexibility in my approach and philosophy, particularly in more recent times. In the early days of my teaching career, my philosophy was very much driven by my own experiences as a student. On reflecting back to my own time as a student the important characteristics of the ‘good lecturers’ were excellent all-round communication skills, being well prepared, an obviously deep and thorough understanding of the subject material and above all a passion for their subject and students. There was also little or no use of technology in the practice of the teaching.
The majority of my teaching is spent in the fields of diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology medical physics at Masters level. The approach I take in teaching these subjects is that students must first and foremost be excellent physicists. This is essential before the student can begin to apply their physics knowledge and skills to medicine. The aim of my teaching is to provide the physics graduate with the further knowledge and skills required for a career in medical physics and to start to familiarise them with the language, terminology, and professional attitude required to enter a clinical medical physics training program on completion of the course.
In teaching these medical physics students my philosophy is largely about ensuring they gain a significant awareness of the practical application of the more theoretical knowledge the course provides them with. This clear link to the medical physics workplace enables the student to understand why the medical physics they are studying is important. I attempt to achieve this through strong engagement with clinical medical physics colleagues and the inclusion of practical aspects in the courses I teach directly and oversee as course coordinator. In recent years this has involved experimentation and implementation with alternative modes of teaching including greater use of online technologies, virtual reality, and simulation technology. I also put a greater emphasis on assessment that authentically aligns closely with the work the students will find themselves doing in the clinical training and their subsequent careers.

Teaching discipline: Physics
I coordinate and/or teach the following units:

  • PCN113 Radiation Physics (Unit coordinator and lecturer)
  • PCN212 Radiotherapy  (Unit coordinator and lecturer)
  • PCN112 Medical Imaging Science  (Unit coordinator and lecturer)
  • PCN218 Research Methodology and Professional Studies  (Unit coordinator and lecturer)
  • PCN520 Project  (Unit coordinator and supervisor)
  • PVB304 Physics Research (Supervisor)
  • PCB272 Radiation Physics (Unit coordinator and lecturer)
  • CSB064 Advanced Treatment Planning Topics (Lecturer)
  • CSB069/CSB094 Radiation Therapy Treatment 4 (Lecturer)
This information has been contributed by Dr Andrew Fielding.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Monitoring Tumour Movement During Radiotherapy by 4D Ultrasound Imaging
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
614217
Start year
2010
Keywords
Image Guided Radiotherapy; Ultrasound; Robitic Intervention; Radiation Dosimetry Phantom; Organ/Tumor Motion Tracking
Title
Improving Outcomes of Radiotherapy Treatments through In-vivo Dosimetric Verification
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
553012
Start year
2009
Keywords
Radiotherapy; Cancer; Radiation Measurement; Dosimetry; Electronic Portal Imaging Devices
Title
The Use of Electronic Portal Imaging Devices for the Dosimetric Verification of Complex Radiotherapy Treatments
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
390117
Start year
2006
Keywords
Radiotherapy; Image Guided; EPID; Verification; Dosimetry

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Optimization of irradiation parameters for preclinical Immuno-radiotherapy
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Davide Fontanarosa
  • Exploring the immunomodulatory effect of radiotherapy to improve the outcome of immunotherapy for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer.
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Davide Fontanarosa
  • On Minimizing Influence of Interplay effect for the Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) of Lung tumour
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Adjunct Associate Professor Prabhakar Ramachandran, Dr Davide Fontanarosa

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)