Medical Radiation Therapist Jobs in Australia

October 22, 2019 0 Comments

A Radiation Therapist has many responsibilities including the designing, planning and administering of radiation treatment plans and providing care to patients along with other medical professionals.

Medical Radiation Therapist Job Outlook in Australia

Medical Radiation Therapist Jobs

Medical Radiation Therapist Training

Medical Radiation Therapist Salary in Australia

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Medical Radiation Therapist Jobs

Among the responsibilities, Radiation Therapists use advanced technology and imaging equipment to create specific treatment plans for each of their patients’ needs. But in doing so, it is also imperative they ensure minimal damage happens to a patient’s healthy surrounding tissue where the radiation occurs. 

Radiation therapists can work in hospitals and also radiation oncology centres. They work closely with Radiation Oncologists but also a wider team of doctors and nurses. 

From JobOutlook, generally their responsibilities may include

  • Manage referrals for patients needing radiation treatment
  • Appropriately determining what equipment to use 
  • Identify the anatomy needing treatment using imaging equipment and simulators 
  • Calculate and oversee the details of procedures including the length and intensity of the radiation treatment, the strength of dosage of isotopes and the settings for the equipment 
  • Educating the patients about the procedures and processes required 
  • Monitoring and ensuring the patient’s welfare during the procedures   
  • Preparing the patients and equipment for the treatment 
  • Report on the findings from the treatment for the other medical professionals involved 

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Medical Radiation Therapist Training

To become a radiation therapist, an approved qualification and degree is needed in radiation therapy. Followed by a registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia and successfully meeting the yearly professional obligations for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

Universities in Australia may have different requirements depending on Bachelor or Master degree’s, potential Supervised Practice Programs and postgraduate studies. It can be important to find out what is suitable for your situation. 

There are also additional requirements and recommended actions prior to the first clinical placements. These can include obtaining a list of certificates and immunisations including a National Police Check, a First Aid Certificate, Immunisations, and Working with Children Check. Medical Radiation Therapists Education Level

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 

It is also worth noting, there are external factors that can influence the demand for Radiation Therapists including:

  • government funding and healthcare policies 
  • particular medicinal and technological advancements 
  • the rate of ageing in a population
  • the rate of reported diseases needing radiation therapy in a population 

Medical Radiation Therapist Salary in Australia

According to Payscale, the average annual salary for a Radiation Therapist in Australia in 2019 can fluctuate around $63,127.

The actual salary may vary depending on the years of experience.

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Source: Payscale. Radiation Therapist Salary based on Experience Level

Based on 30 salaries submitted, an early career Radiation Therapist with 1-4 years of experience can earn up to AU$60,630 annually.

With 5-9 years of experience, a mid-career Radiation Therapist can earn an average of AU$89,320 while an experienced Radiation Therapist with 10-19 years of experience can earn an average up to AU$95,691.

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