Parliament house welcomes nation's leading scientists

8 March 2010

Professor Dale Bailey from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences has been invited to present at the annual 'Science meets Parliament' event on 9/10 March at Parliament House in Canberra.

Prof Bailey will be presenting as part of a panel of three experts addressing nuclear medicine. Titled "Innovative health solutions using nuclear techniques - why isn't Australia keeping up with the world?", the forum will explore whether Australia is maximising the full potential of nuclear medicine. Despite our rich history of radiopharmaceutical research, debate surrounds the reasons why this research does not always translate into clinical practice. Are we exploiting nuclear for its full potential, or is Australia a few steps behind the rest of the world?

"The Australian workforce in nuclear medicine is superbly trained and highly regarded internationally, where we have made many important contributions to the field," he said. "However, if we do not have access to the latest developments in pharmaceuticals we simply cannot offer diagnostic imaging services that can be classified as world's best practice. We have the staff, we have the equipment; we just need the right 'fuel' to run the best possible diagnostic tests".

Professor Dale Bailey
Professor Dale Bailey

Over 200 leading scientists from around the nation will travel to Canberra for a series of meetings and fora with Parliamentarians as part of 'Science meets Parliament'. The event is not only a professional development opportunity, but also a chance to stimulate and influence Parliament's discussion of scientific issues. Importantly, the event also serves to establish and develop strong linkages between policy makers and scientists, to ensure there are active communication channels for the exchange of information on scientific issues affecting the well-being of the nation. At a time when many scientific issues are hot on the political agenda, an event involving such collaboration is hugely significant.

Professor Bailey is a senior lecturer in Medial Radiation Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences, as well as a principal physicist in the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He also holds honorary appointments as Clinical Professor in the Sydney Medical School and is an Honorary Associate of the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

"I feel very honoured to be asked to speak at such a significant event. For too long Australians have been missing out on access to many imaging investigations in a range of diseases because of demanding regulatory and licensing issues," said Professor Bailey. "I hope we can demonstrate that our standard of health care for diagnostic imaging services would be second-to-none if we had better access and an accelerated pipeline to adopt the latest developments overseas".