NSLHD News March 12

INTERNATIONAL Women’s day at nslhd Staff have celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) across the District and recognised this year’s theme Each for Equal, based on the idea that an equal world is an enabled world.

Stalls were held at Royal North Shore, Hornsby, Mona Vale, Macquarie and Ryde hospitals to mark the occasion and encouraged staff to have their say and help develop a District wide strategy to enhance workplace culture. Chief Executive Deb Wilcox said this year’s theme encourages people to think about challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions, improving situations and continuing to celebrate women’s achievements. “The vast majority of our workforce are incredible women who contribute so much every day for our patients, consumers and The exclusive focussed on the machine’s use of artificial intelligence and adaptive radiotherapy to treat cancer more accurately without having to spend days or weeks in planning. “It’s the first time artificial intelligence is being used at point of care for radiotherapy,” said Dr Jeremy Booth, Head of Medical Physics. The hospital is the first in the Asia Pacific to use the technology called the Ethos (Adaptive) Linear Accelerator. The machine will be used on patients with pelvis-related cancers, head and neck tumours and palliative patients. Because the new system is adaptive through its inbuilt artificial intelligence, planning time

Hornsby staff celebrating IWD

the local community,” she said.

“We all need to think about how our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on society not just on International Women’s Day, but every day.”

“We have a responsibility to make everyone feel included and supported.”

RNS home to new artificial intelligence technology Royal North Shore Hospital latest radiotherapy machine took centre stage on Channel 9 News Sydney last week.

Dr Booth interviewed by Channel 9 News’ National Medical and Research Reporter Gabriella Rogers

is reduced, therapy sessions are faster, and the beam fields are reduced so patients are not exposed to as much radiation. Later in the year, doctors also hope to remove the need for patients to wear masks and be tattooed. To view the story, head to the Royal North Shore Hospital Facebook page or www. nslhd.health.nsw.gov.au.



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