Girls in Physics Breakfast in Traralgon

At the breakfast students from Years 10 to 12 share a table with two or three women who are either in a career in physics or engineering, or are at university as an undergraduate or a postgraduate. The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like. Students are seated with students from other schools.

At each breakfast there is an address by a prominent scientist, who talks about her area of interest at a level appropriate for the audience.
Date: 17th May.
Venue: Century Inn, 5 Airfield Rd, Traralgon
Times: 7:30am and finish about 10:00am.
Speaker: Natalie Clements, Medical radiation physicist
Topic: Using physics to treat cancer
Abstract: The growing and ageing population in Australia means the incidence of cancer is rapidly increasing, putting pressure on the healthcare industry to treat cancer patients with the most up-to-date technology and techniques. Medical Physicists are constantly in demand as we are at the forefront of testing and commissioning the many different machines and computer systems that are used to image and treat cancer patients. While we tend to work in the background and are largely unseen by cancer patients, we are a crucial aspect of them receiving high quality and accurate radiotherapy. This talk will explore the use of physics to treat cancer, and the roles that Medical Physicists play throughout a patient’s radiotherapy journey.
The table below shows the fee structure.

First TeacherNo Charge
Second Teacher$25 / $10*
per Student$25 / $10*

* A discount was available for schools with a low ICSEA rank. Discounts could be applied for by emailing Vicphysics with subject ‘Breakfast discount’.


Two methods to pay are available,

  • by credit card or
  • by bank transfer, an email is generated with the details of the Vicphysics bank account.

Max number of students per school: To enable more schools to participate, there was an initial maximum of twelve (12) students per school.



There is a 45 min talk, starting about 8:20am followed by questions. After this there are two activities on Careers in STEM i) Quiz and Job Roles Analysis and ii) Case Studies analysis. A Q&A with a panel of guests rounds out the event.

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Sponsors and Supporters

The Girls in Physics Breakfasts are organised by the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network and supported by funding from the Invergowrie Foundation.