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Radiation Therapist

Use radiation for the treatment of cancer and other non-cancerous or benign conditions.

What's it like to be a Radiation Therapist?

A Radiation Therapist uses advanced technology and imaging equipment to create a treatment plan to deliver the optimal dose of radiation to a tumour, whilst ensuring minimal damage to healthy surrounding tissue. Each treatment plan designed and delivered by a Radiation Therapist is specific to a particular patient and their diagnosis.

Radiation Therapist

Tasks and duties

  • Providing emotional support and information to patients and answering any questions or concerns they may have about their cancer or radiation therapy.
  • Coordinating the various components of a patient's radiation treatment plan.
  • Using simulators, CT scanners and other medical imaging equipment to identify and define the anatomy to be treated.
  • Devising a treatment plan that will deliver the optimum radiation dose.
  • Administering the radiation treatment and recording the delivered dosage.
  • Monitoring and assessing the patient's wellbeing before, during and after the treatment.
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Radiation Therapists work closely with a wider team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the Radiation Oncology profession.

What can I earn as a Radiation Therapist?

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Radiation Therapist roles in AUS were typically advertised between $70k and $100k over the last 3 months.
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How to become a Radiation Therapist


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To practice as a registered Radiation Therapist in Australia you need to complete an approved qualification at an accredited university. Prerequisite secondary school subjects may include Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as English. It is recommended that you have a current First Aid certificate.

  1. Complete an approved qualification in radiation therapy. Alternatively, students with previous tertiary qualifications can complete an approved two-year Masters program in radiation therapy.
  2. Apply to be a registered Radiation Therapist with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.
  3. As a registered Radiation Therapist you will need to meet professional obligations each year. One of those obligations is a Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD). All medical radiation practitioners must complete 60 hours of CPD over a three-year period – with at least 10 hours in any one year.
  4. Most states and territories in Australia require that Radiation Therapists hold a radiation use license.

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Latest Radiation Therapist reviews

Latest reviews from 14 Radiation Therapists surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Radiation therapy isn’t the career for everyone but it is extremely rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Project management and process improvement
The good things
Rewarding to help people. Build meaningful relationships with your patients.
The challenges
Challenging conversations with patients. Very reliant on technology which can breakdown - stressful!
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Nov 2018
Radiation Therapy - achieve job satisfaction through caring for others
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Radiation Therapy
The good things
The best part about my job is having the opportunity to help people through one of the hardest times of their lives. As a radiation therapist I can directly impact the outcomes of a patient's cancer t...
The challenges
One of the main challenges of a career In Radiation Therapy is the small number of jobs available in Australia and worldwide. The Australian universities are pushing a lot of new graduates through the...
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