Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS) Advisory Committee Expert Member Biographies

Committee were appointed on the basis of their technical expertise and experience, and are appointed from July 2019 to June 2022.

Page last updated: 02 December 2019

Mr James Abbott has been associated with diagnostic imaging since 1987 and is currently the Director of Medical Imaging at Ipswich Hospital in Queensland. He was one of the foundation members of the former DIAS Monitoring and Implementation Committee. Mr Abbott has contributed to the development of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and is currently a Radiation Safety Officer at Ipswich Hospital. He is also a National Association of Testing Authority ISO 17025 surveyor. Mr Abbott brings expertise in radiology safety, and diagnostic imaging policy, quality and standards.

Dr Eleanor Chew is a specialist General Practitioner with extensive experience representing the role of primary care in the health services profession. Dr Chew is a graduate of the University of Queensland and has over 30 years’ experience as a GP. She is a member of the Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Committee, the Professional Services Review Panel and the Medical Board Performance and Professional Standards Panel. She led a review of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Vocational Training Standards in 2015 and has served on the Vocational Training Accreditation Committee as Queensland Censor. She recently received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to medicine in the field of general practice.

Mr Adam Jones is a Medical Physics Specialist in Radiology Physics working within Western Sydney Local Health District. Adam has over 10 years’ experience working in public health and has expertise in radiology medical physics, safety compliance, medical imaging education, optimisation, and quality improvement.

Dr W F Eddie Lau is a registered dual-trained Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine specialist. Dr Lau has more than 20 years’ experience working in the public diagnostic imaging sector in Victoria. He is currently working as a consultant radiologist at Austin Health, in both the Radiology and Molecular Imaging and Therapy Departments. He is currently the lead radiologist in the Radiation Oncology Department at Austin Health, co-lead radiologist in Breast and Lung Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Meetings at Austin Health as well as the chair of the Austin Radiology Research Committee.

Mrs Fiona Law has worked in the diagnostic imaging sector for over 20 years. She is currently a Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Medical Imaging Department of the Prince of Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospitals, Vice President of the Medical Imaging Nurses’ Association (MINA) of NSW and ACT, and the MINA National Coordinator. Mrs Law is also a member of the Australian College of Nursing. She has skills and expertise in medical imaging, safety improvement, policy advice, imaging nursing education, accreditation and standards review, and presents at conferences within Australia and internationally.

Professor Stacy Goergen is a Radiologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is the Director of Research at Monash Imaging in Melbourne and is a Clinical Adjunct Professor at Monash University. Prof Goergen has led the Educational Modules for Appropriate Imaging project for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, funded by a grant from the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Diagnostic Imaging Quality Projects Program; the development of referral guidelines for GP referred MRI in 2013; and the recently successful application to the Medicare Services Advisory Committee for national public funding of fetal MRI services. She has acted on numerous advisory committees in the Government and non-government sectors, most recently as a member of the Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee of the MBS Review. Prof Goergen is currently the Chair of the Safety Quality and Standards Committee, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

Mr Patrick Meehan has been a Diagnostic Radiographer since 2007, and has worked in diagnostic imaging management since 2010. He is currently the National Projects and Contracts Manager at Sonic Imaging. Mr Meehan’s skills and expertise include medical imaging operations, management, accreditation, compliance, and quality and safety improvement.

Dr Karen Mizia has worked in Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound for over 15 years and has expertise in the diagnosis and management of complex fetal anomalies. She is the Medical Director for Ultrasound Care Australia and a Senior Staff Specialist in fetal medicine at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. In addition, Dr Mizia holds subspecialist qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecological ultrasound and a Master of Public Health. In her role as a Director, she is the President elect for the Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine, Chair of the Standards of Practice committee and the Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU) board of examiners.

Dr William Macdonald graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1981 and trained in both paediatrics and nuclear medicine. He has worked full-time in diagnostic imaging since 1999. Dr Macdonald is a Nuclear Medicine Physician in the Molecular Imaging and Therapy Service at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital, in Western Australia. From 2008-2016 he was Executive Director of Imaging West, with administrative oversight of public sector imaging services in Western Australia. He has expertise in diagnostic imaging, radionuclide therapy, accreditation, quality and safety improvement, and medical education.

Dr Deborah Nisbet has been working as a medical practitioner for over 26 years and is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, with over 21 years of experience in obstetric and gynaecological imaging. She is currently the Deputy Director of Ultrasound Services at the Royal Women’s Hospital, and Partner at Women’s Ultrasound Melbourne. Dr Nisbet is a co-author of the Nuchal Translucency On-Line Learning Program and developed documentation to assist in the assessment of nuchal translucency images. She has skills and expertise in medical imaging in particular ultrasound, policy advice, medical imaging education and training, and accreditation.

Associate Professor David Prior has worked as a medical practitioner for over 30 years, and has practiced medical imaging for over 20 years. He is currently the Deputy Director of Cardiology and Director of Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. Dr Prior also holds a position as Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He has recently been a member of the Cardiac Imaging Working Group of the Cardiac Services Clinical Committee for the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review. He has skills and expertise in medical imaging in particular echocardiography and cardiac MRI, policy advice, medical education, medical research and healthcare information technology.

Mrs Geraldine Robertson has been involved in consumer health advocacy for 16 years, and has been advising on diagnostic imaging half this time. As a Consumer Representative for Consumers Health Forum of Australia she sits on a number of Government health committees. As a consumer representative for Breast Cancer Network Australia she is a member of Cancer Australia’s Breast Cancer Advisory Groups. Mrs Robertson is also the consumer member of several of the Medical Benefits Schedule Review Clinical Committees and Working Groups. She has skills and expertise in consumer advocacy, policy advice, consumer education, and quality and safety improvement.

Dr Sally Sojan is a dual-qualified Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine Specialist at Darling Downs Radiology (part of the Integral Diagnostics Group) in Toowoomba. She has a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of private radiology practice – quality, service, commercial and academic. Dr Sojan is a member of both the Integral Diagnostic Clinical Leadership Group and the Queensland Clinical Leadership Group. She understands metropolitan and regional radiology challenges and has significantly developed and grown the Darling Downs Radiology practice. She is a member of the Darling Downs Local Medical Association committee.

Dr David Thiele has worked in the field of medical physics for over 30 years, and has been in his current role as Head of Queensland public sector diagnostic imaging medical physics for 21 years. He is a qualified medical physics specialist and a certified Radiation Safety Officer with the Queensland regulatory body Radiation Health. Dr Thiele has skills and expertise in medical physics, safety standards and accreditation.

Mr James Wood has worked in the diagnostic imaging sector for over 25 years and has been in his current role as Regional Manager at I-MED Radiology for over 9 years. He has skills and expertise in medical imaging, informatics, interventional radiology, digital imaging and accreditation.

From 2016 until June 2019, the following Members were appointed to the Committee:

  • A/Prof. Bruce Chater, General Practitioner
  • A/Prof. Philip Dubois, Consultant Radiologist
  • Ms. Lynne Ingram, Registered Medical Radiation Practitioner
  • Mr. Adam Jones, Medical Radiation Physicist
  • Ms. Fiona Law, Clinical Nurse Consultant
  • Dr. William Macdonald, Nuclear Medicine Specialist
  • Mr. Patrick Meehan, Registered Medical Radiation Practitioner
  • Dr. Deborah Nisbet, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Mr. Tony Parmiter, Registered Sonographer
  • A/Prof. David Prior, Consultant Cardiologist
  • Mrs. Geraldine Robertson, Consumer Representative
  • Prof. John Slavotinek, Consultant Radiologist
  • Dr. David Thiele, Medical Radiation Physicist
  • Mr. James Wood, Registered Medical Radiation Practitioner