Medical radiation therapist

What they do

Medical Radiation therapists design treatment plans for cancer patients and administer radiation therapy treatment in conjunction with radiation oncologists or other medical specialists.

Radiation therapy also known as Radiation oncology, is the treatment and management of cancer by radiation. Radiation therapy plays a major role in treating cancer patients and in many cases offers a cure and relief of symptoms.

There are approximately 180 medical radiation therapists in Western Australia all of who work in the metropolitan area.

Working conditions

Radiation therapists work in hospitals or radiation oncology centres. They work with a team of radiation oncologists, nurses, medical physicists and other hospital staff.

Tools and technologies

Radiation therapists use simulators and/or CT scanners to identify the areas to be treated and those to be avoided. They use advanced computer systems to calculate precise radiation dosages and create treatment plans.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a medical radiation therapist, you need to study a degree in medical radiation science, majoring in radiation therapy.

Curtin University offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science). This is the only undergraduate degree in medical radiation science available in Western Australia. Contact the university for more information.

Required registration and licensing

To work as a medical radiation therapist in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. You will also need to obtain a licence to operate radiation equipment from the Radiological Council.