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It's been a long but rewarding road for Logan Hospital radiographer Michael Neep.
He's now Metro South's first radiographer to obtain a PhD, the second in Queensland and one of only 10 across the country.
Michael, a radiographer for the last 19 years, said his study focused on image interpretation education in Australia.
"I manage a team of 35 radiographers as a team leader for emergency and general patients at Logan Hospital and I get a buzz out of teaching other people how to improve patient care," he said.
"My message is always 'see it... say it' and sometimes junior radiographers don't have the confidence to speak up if they see something unusual on an image., especially if there is someone more qualified in the room."
"Regardless of our position, as health professionals it's important to speak up and be heard."
Michael said he looked forward to continuing to share his skills with colleagues, students and other health professionals to improve patient care.
"We as radiographers, doctors, nurses and allied health professionals have a role to play in reducing risk and preventing misdiagnosis for our patients.