Girls in Physics Breakfast in Wodonga

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: 11th August
Venue: The Valleys Restaurant, 87 McKoy St, West Wodonga
Times: 7:30am and finish about 10:00am.
Speaker: Emma Dyce, Medical radiation physicist, Genesis Care
Bio: Emma Dyce is a radiation oncology medical physics specialist (ROMP for short) with Genesis Care in the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, one of the biggest and busiest regional centres in Australia. Emma completed a BSc (Physics) at the University of New South Wales in 2013 before undertaking a Master of Philosophy (Medical Radiation Physics) at the University of Wollongong and 4 years of clinical training at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. Emma has a keen interest in physics education and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary and Workplace) remotely through Murdoch University.

Emma is an applied physicist and her role in Genesis composes of clinical work, education and some research. The primary role of a medical physicist is to ensure patients are receiving precisely the right amount of radiation dose to the correct location. Clinical duties include regular quality assurance testing of the linear accelerators (linacs), CT scanner, superficial treatment machine and equipment to ensure they are performing correctly and within tolerance, radiation safety and protection and consulting on complex or unusual cases. Emma is also a national training coordinator for physics registrars and is involved with various organising and administrative committees within the medical physics community.

Topic: Treating skin cancer with radiotherapy
Abstract: Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world, forming about 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australians and is a particularly big burden in the regional area of Albury Wodonga. Radiotherapy (also known as radiation therapy) is used clinically to treat basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) , particularly for large cancers and patients unsuitable for surgery. This talk will explore the physics behind the different radiotherapy techniques we use to treat skin cancers, the radiobiological principles of skin cancers and clinical considerations for patient care.
The table below shows the fee structure.

First TeacherNo Charge
Second Teacher$20 / $5*
per Student$20 / $5*

* 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 Laby Foundation and the Victorian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics. The program is also supported by the Royal Society of Victoria.