People in Private: Robin Hill

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PH News is celebrating National Science Week, experimenting with a science based people in private. Meet Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Director of Physics Robin Hill, he hopes the week inspires kids to have a real interest in science and shows people you can build a career out of science.

What do you love about your job? And why?
There are many things that I love about my job. But I think it is the opportunity to apply physics skills in knowledge each day in treating cancer patients with radiotherapy.

There are cases which have technical challenges and so I get to use both practical and theoretical knowledge in solving those challenges.

How long have you been working in your current role? And how long have you been with Chris O’Brien Lifehouse?
I moved into my role 11 years ago when I moved from Liverpool Hospital to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

My team was part of the staff that moved over to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in late 2013.

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?
I suppose this would be you can always learn something from every adversity.

What is something interesting about you your colleagues don’t know?
That is a hard one, I think all my colleagues know that I am vegetarian.

Maybe that I can play the trombone (learnt at school) but I do need to practice regularly.

How do your friends describe you?
Happy and Optimistic.

What do you do in your spare time/any hobbies?
I like going for bike rides, enjoying eating out with my family and travelling around Sydney on Sundays when the weather is good.

Any remaining spare time is usually spent with our two children.

What is something you want to achieve this year?
This is already done, in that we have just finished commissioning a new Truebeam linear accelerator in our department.

What do you love about working in science? And why is it important to have a National Science Week?
There are always new things to learn in science whether you are more hands on or theoretical.

The importance of National Science Week is inspiring our kids to have a real interest in science, showing what it can do for other people and to build a career.

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