Radiation therapists help cancer patients through a challenging part of their lives. They not only plan and deliver highly accurate radiation treatment but also provide emotional support and care for patients. Typically, a patient receiving radiotherapy will see the radiation therapist every day for several weeks and you will need to be able to demonstrate empathy and a caring nature towards a wide range of patients. Overwhelmingly, radiation therapists find that being at the forefront of patient care at this critical time in their patients’ lives is a rewarding experience.
QUT is the only university in Queensland to offer a radiation therapy degree. The course content has been designed in consultation with clinical staff from hospital oncology departments to ensure you have advanced knowledge of new techniques and equipment used in the workplace. Students in this course have access to leading technology including the Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training—a training platform that uses 3D technology to immerse students in a virtual treatment room. Clinical placements provide real opportunities to practise communication, caring and technical skills with real patients.
During first year you will develop a solid grounding in anatomy and medical physics along with introductory knowledge of patient healthcare needs; professional communication techniques; and ethical, legal and accountability issues. Introductory studies in medical radiation and radiotherapy techniques are complemented with practical sessions using equipment in clinical departments. You will learn a range of skills including patient data acquisition, radiation dosimetry and the basic techniques of treatment delivery including beam direction and beam defining devices.
You will begin studies in complex techniques like photon therapy, electron therapy and megavoltage therapy, including techniques for specific sites. The use of computer software to assist with the optimisation of isodose distribution will be covered along with issues related to the interaction of radiation with tissue, dose measurement, and related quality assurance procedures. During this year you will complete practical exercise in clinical departments and undertake your first clinical placement period.
In final year you will continue to develop your skills through clinical placements in hospitals and practical classes using equipment in clinical settings. You will cover the techniques of medical imaging used in the detection of cancer, along with future directions of three-dimensional treatment planning. You will progress to more complex and specialised techniques for child patients and patients with communicable diseases and learn important information about the biological effects of ionising radiation and the philosophy and protocol in radiation protection and quality assurance.
As a radiation therapist in a radiotherapy department of a major hospital or private institution, you may become a member of a team treating cancer patients and be responsible for planning and delivering prescribed radiation doses.
Course accreditation is being sought in 2014 for this program with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. Graduates may require the completion of an additional supervised practice period of clinical experience following this three year program.
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