How WSLHD’s Cherry Agustin, Radiation Therapist, is helping peers achieve their professional goals

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Western Sydney Local Health District’s (WSLHD) Cherry Agustin, a Radiation Therapist Educator, was recently recognised as Allied Health Educator of the Year, 2023.

Cherry embarked on her career with WSLHD in 1998, right after graduating.

This journey began with a simple inquiry and evolved into a lifelong commitment to the field which led to her being awarded WSLHD’s Allied Health Educator of the Year for 2023.

“I only came across the medical radiation science professions when I was going through the career’s handbook in high school,” Cherry said.

“I rang Westmead Hospital to learn more about these professions, and was given the opportunity to briefly observe and learn from nuclear medicine technologists, radiographers, and radiation therapists.”

This encounter shaped my decision to become a radiation therapist.

Cherry Agustin, Radiation Therapist Educator

“The most rewarding part of my work is watching students and early career radiation therapists achieve their professional goals. I am extremely grateful each time I get the opportunity to listen, mentor, and coach.”

Cherry has been instrumental in the development and implementation of an education program, the ‘Radiation Oncology Planning Bootcamp’.

This monthly interdisciplinary learning initiative involves close collaboration with radiation oncology registrars, radiation oncology medical physics registrars and radiation therapists.

“The success of this program is attributed to the commitment of the participants and facilitators.”

Her dedication to education goes beyond the classroom, emphasising the importance of collaboration and shared learning experiences within the healthcare community.

I am very thankful to the many role models that I’ve had the pleasure of working with in Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre and Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre, and their mentorship and support.