When Associate Professor Natalka Suchowerska of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse began her career, in the 1980s, she was one of a handful of women in the field of medical physics.
Today she has been named in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards as a finalist in the innovation category! To see list click on the link below and then scroll down the graphics to the innovation category.
Natalka is regarded as a pioneer for women in medical physics. She has in no small way contributed to the proportion of women in medical physics in Australia today. She taught all of New South Wales’ radiation therapists between 1990 and 2000 – a decade of mentoring and guiding. The course she led, at The University of Sydney, was NSW’s only course. All of those graduates are now seniors and chiefs of departments all over Australia and internationally.
Natalka leads medical physics research at Chris OBrien Lifehouse and University of Sydney. Her work broadly aims to use novel technologies and fundamental science to improve the treatment of cancer patients and enable high quality effective treatments. Natalka holds a patent portfolio and has an established track record of translating research funding into clinically successful outcomes. Some of her research technologies are currently being developed towards commercial products for radiation dosimetry.
She is expert in the use of ionizing radiation for therapeutic and diagnostic medical purposes and is committed to advancing technology to enable improved patient outcomes. Her current active projects include the radiobiological effects of non-uniform irradiation and dose enhancement with nanoparticles, innovative use of fibre optics in mini dosimetry for highly conformal radiotherapy, development of real-time dosimetric brachytherapy verification, small field dosimetry and 3D printing of body parts for clinical applications.