Sean Geoghegan – Meet a Medical Physicist

Careers in STEM don’t always follow a linear path and people don’t always know what they’re going to be when they grow up. Watch this career profile to find out about the importance of medical physicists in Australia, what they do and how they got there.

Medical Physicists are going to play a huge role in Australian cancer care in the future. As the revolutionary Particle Therapy begins to be established in Australia, people like Sean and his knowledge of both physics and medicine will be at the very forefront.

From studying physics in Western Australia, Sean has had a career working around the world, before settling in Adelaide to head up the state’s team of medical physicists working in cancer therapy.

Adelaide will build Australia’s first particle therapy facility, utilising protons to target cancer. This therapy can specifically destroy tumours with very minimal effects on surrounding healthy tissue.

In his role, Sean will be central to the development and operation of this revolutionary facility.

Watch the video and try the educational resource below to find out more about Sean and how he landed this incredible opportunity.

This resource can be used alongside Biological Sciences for year 9 or Physical Sciences for year 10 as well as Work Studies.

Video Length: 10:59 mins

Sean Geoghegan – Medical Physicist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital

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Years:  9, 10

Topics:

Biological Sciences – The Body

Physical Sciences – Energy

Additional: Careers, Technology, Engineering

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences –  Form and Function

Physical Sciences – Energy