What Our Members Do
Our members predominantly work in fields where medical radiation is applied to people requiring diagnostic or therapeutic services, including radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, cardiology, radiation protection and shielding.
Our Members ensure that patients receive a standard of care that meets optimal international standards of safety, quality and efficiency. They work:
- As part of multi-disciplinary teams that may include radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, radiographers, radiation therapists and nuclear medicine technologists
- With engineers, technologists and assistants in leading, supervising or in cooperative roles
- In association with broader healthcare teams in the delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic services
- As Radiation Safety Officers and radiation safety experts in workplaces, and State and hospital radiation safety committees; and
- With Jurisdictional Health Executives, Clinical Department Directors and hospital managers for matters related to routine management committees and as expert advisors for future planning, funding, tendering, purchasing, installing and commissioning of radiation and associated equipment.
- In Universities in education, research and clinical trial roles to ensure continuing development, innovation and evolving professional standards in their fields of expertise
In common with other members of the multidisciplinary teams, our members work to ensure that all patients are diagnosed and treated in a safe and effective manner providing them every opportunity to fully recover from illness and achieve long term wellbeing. Successful workforce planning is crucial to achieving these outcomes, helping to ensure timely patient access to the most appropriately qualified and experienced professionals.
Our members often have the overall responsibility for, and the expertise of, measuring the radiation dose that patients receive in radiology (and other interventional procedures such as cardiology), radiation therapy and nuclear medicine. They are centrally involved in the installation of new facilities, new equipment designs, major repairs of existing radiation equipment and any new procedure to be introduced for patients, as these are particularly vulnerable periods for major radiation accidents to occur.
The professional standards applied by our members are based on:
- The needs of the patients, patients’ families and clinical staff in relation to radiation safety, quality of the medical radiation procedures and efficiency of service delivery;
- International evidence including accepted IAEA and IOMP standards, published research and professional standards developed by professional bodies in other countries of equivalent standing and;
- Australian and New Zealand legislative, regulatory and international agreement/treaty requirements.
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