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.
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.
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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How to become a Radiation Therapist
- Complete an approved qualification in radiation therapy. Alternatively, students with previous tertiary qualifications can complete an approved two-year Masters program in radiation therapy.
- Apply to be a registered Radiation Therapist with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.
- 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.
- Most states and territories in Australia require that Radiation Therapists hold a radiation use license.
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