The academic staff teaching the Sydney Medical Physics Program come from a diverse range of research-focused backgrounds.

Core staff include:

Professor David Thwaites

Prof David Thwaites

David Thwaites is Director of the Institute of Medical Physics and Professor of Medical Physics. He comes most recently from being Head of the Department of Medical Physics and Engineering in Leeds University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK, one of the largest such departments in Europe, and Professor of Oncology Physics in the University of Leeds. He retains honorary appointments in those two institutions. He has held previous appointments, clinical and academic, in Dundee University, Edinburgh University, Lothian Health Board, the Edinburgh Cancer Centre and the Yorkshire Cancer Centre. He has a long track record of bridging clinical and academic research in radiation oncology physics and practice and in medical imaging and is developing such programs with major Sydney hospitals: e.g. Royal Prince Alfred (RPA), Royal North Shore (RNS), Westmead and Liverpool Hospitals. He is the editor and significant author of 4 books, one of which is a recognized leading teaching textbook on Radiotherapy Physics. In the Sydney Medical Physics program, David teaches the unit PHYS5005 Radiotherapy Physics.


Professor Dale Bailey

Prof Dale Bailey

Dale Bailey is Professor in Medical Radiation Sciences at the University of Sydney and 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. His has held previous appointments at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London, the Medical Research Council of Great Britain, and Harvard Medical School. He has published a number of books on functional imaging with PET. Dale has also run training courses for both the Australian Government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Nuclear Medicine and physics in a number of different countries. Dale’s expertise lies in the development of quantitative techniques using imaging of in vivo radionuclide tracers. He has extensive experience in both single photon tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET). He served as an international advisor to the Australian Federal Government’s Tender for the Provision of Positron Emission Tomography Services in 2001. In the Sydney Medical Physics program, Dale teaches in the unit PHYS5029 Nuclear Medicine Physics.