The purpose of this project was to provide a freely available research network with the aim of bringing Australian and New Zealand medical radiation professionals together in all aspects of research. This initiative has focused on building a network that will encourage collaboration between medical radiation professionals to develop high quality research projects.
This web space will provide assistance across the spectrum of researchers from novice through to the more experienced. Useful online resources such as research process flow charts, statistical tools and in the future a quarterly online journal club will be immediately accessible to all medical radiation professionals whether in a public or private metropolitan hospital or rural setting.
The concept of the ANZMRRN was introduced at the 2012 Technical Research Workshop at the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) meeting. Radiation Therapists (RTs) present at this meeting expressed a strong interest in the concept and a Working Party was formed to further this goal. The Working Party includes RTs, data managers and academics from across Australia and New Zealand as well as representatives from TROG and the Australian Institute of Radiography (AIR).
We hope that the outcomes of the ANZMRRN will increase medical radiation professionals’ participation in research, improve our publication record and increase our capacity to develop high quality medical radiations research. This research will ultimately benefit staff and patients attending for radiation therapy or medical imaging procedures across Australian and New Zealand.