Dr Allison Rose obtained her medical degree from The University of Melbourne. She underwent general radiology training at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, attaining M.Med. FRANZCR in 1988. She was appointed as a consultant radiologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1989 after a period in London working to gain experience in women’s imaging. She was one of the original radiologists with the Victorian Pilot Program for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer from 1989 under the auspice of The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and became Director of Northwestern BreastScreen in 1999.
In 2009 she became Head of Breast Imaging for the combined Royal Melbourne & the Womens Hospital Breast Service & in this role she has led the team to develop fully integrated comprehensive breast imaging across diagnostic and screening services. 2001-2006 she was Deputy Director of the Radiology Department at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and was the main champion for implementation of enterprise wide PACS. She was instrumental in establishing Breast MRI & MRI guided biopsy for the service and more recently, CEM. She is a keen educator having launched Melbourne Breast MRI Intensive Courses in 2011.
Her research interests include de-escalation of breast cancer treatment, risk adjusted screening for breast cancer and the role of contrast based imaging in BreastScreen assessment, cancer staging and surveillance.