The Centralian Advocate Tue 29 Mar 2022
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04 NEWS Tuesday March 29 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 New role in East Arnhem TERRITORIAN Alice Doyle has been appointed Charles Darwin Universitys Associate Vice-Chancellor for the East Arnhem region. Ms Doyle, who most recently was the Superintendent Training and Indigenous Participation at Rio Tinto Gove Operations, took up the role on March 28 and will be based in Nhulunbuy. The role aims to re-establish CDUs presence in East Arnhem. The recognition of the university to provide a reinvigorated service within this region is exciting and Im looking forward to being part of the journey, Ms Doyle said. The region is looking forward to having a local tertiary institution that will promote learning pathways to the local community. Ms Doyle has more than 20 years experience in education and boasts an extensive understanding of human resources and international relations, VET systems, audit, ASQA compliance and workforce development. RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS CDUs Alice Doyle. NT gets its own cyclotron THE installation of a machine which produces radioisotopes for medical imaging will create greater certainty for Territorian cancer patients receiving assessments. The new machine at the Alan Walker Centre, called a cyclotron, creates radioisotopes (isotopes), a product which is injected into a patient who needs to undergo a positron emission tomography (PET) scan. The waterlike, radioactive liquid helps doctors detect and assess for cancer and diseases in the body. Currently, for PET scans to be undertaken at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH), small vials of isotopes are flown from interstate every morning. Whether PET scans can go ahead is contingent on if there are issues in the production of the isotopes on the day or flight disruptions. Nuclear medicine physician Dr Joshua James Morigi said the local production of isotopes would eliminate disruption and time delays for patients. With the current model, because the isotope is produced interstate, if the flight is cancelled, we dont get the product, Dr Morigi said. If we dont get the product, then we cant do the scan. Theres nothing worse than calling a patient at 8am to tell them I cant do the scan. With the local model of production, if there are any issues we can produce the isotope again and we can still have the scan on the day for the patients. The cyclotron is part of the NT Expanding Cancer Services Project. Announced in 2017, it is a $23m joint initiative between the federal and NT governments. Health Minister Natasha Fyles said it was vital that Territorians had access to the same services as people who lived in capital cities. (Installed in 2018), our PET scanner we estimated would provide around 800 scans a year, last year it provided 1400 PET scans, Ms Fyles said. Local production will ensure availability at all times for faster diagnosis and treatment. The cyclotron is expected to produce its first vial of isotopes in June. FLOSS ADAMS Dr Joshua James Morigi and Nikita Safonov with the cyclotron. Picture: Floss Adams This federal budget will be more important than ever. With the cost of living increasing for all Aussies, our experts break down the budget and what it really means for you and your family. FEDERAL BUDGET SPECIAL MARCH 30 READ IT INSIDE TOMORROW'S PAPER FEDERAL BUDGET2022 WHAT'S IN IT FOR ?you