Medical physics is alive and well and growing in South East Asia

K. Ng, R. Pirabul, A. Peralta, Djarwani Soeharso Soejoko

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Abstract

In recent years there has been a significant economic growth in South East Asia, along with it a concurrent development of medical physics. The status of four countries - Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia are presented. Medical physicists in these countries have been experiencing the usual problems of lack of recognition, low salaries, and insufficient facilities for education and training opportunities. However the situation has improved recently through the initiative of local enthusiastic medical physicists who have started MS graduate programs in medical physics and begun organizing professional activities to raise the profile of medical physics. The tremendous support and catalytic roles of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and international organizations such as International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Health Organization (WHO), and International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) have been instrumental in achieving progress. Contributions by these organizations include co-sponsorship of workshops and conferences, travel grants, medical physics libraries programs, and providing experts and educators. The demand for medical physicists is expected to rise in tandem with the increased emphasis on innovative technology for health care, stringent governmental regulation, and acceptance by the medical community of the important role of medical physicists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Volume20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997

Keywords

  • Developing countries
  • Education and training
  • International organizations
  • Medical physics

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