All practitioners registered with the Medical Radiation Technologists Board need to be aware of the recent government announcement regarding the requirement for all health workers to be fully vaccinated. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, all registered practitioners must be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021.

 As practitioners registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, this is a mandated government requirement. 

Practitioners should be aware of the timeframe for mandatory vaccinations:

  • First dose required by 30 October 2021
  • Second dose required by 1 December 2021

 

About Medical Imaging & Radiation Therapy Practitioners

Medical radiation technology is a patient centered profession that encompasses the practices of medical imaging and radiation therapy. Medical imaging practitioners use different technologies to create images of the human body for diagnosis and the staging and management of disease. Radiation therapy practitioners use technology to create and evaluate images and data related to the localisation, planning and delivery of radiation treatments.

The Board has defined eight scopes of practice for registration in the profession of medical radiation technology (medical imaging and radiation therapy):

Medical Imaging Technologist

Medical Imaging Technologists produce high quality diagnostic radiographs or carry out diagnostic procedures using ionising radiation. With appropriate training, Medical Imaging Technologists may practise computed tomography (CT), mammography, and angiography. Medical Imaging Technologists evaluate the diagnostic quality of images and take corrective measures as required.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

MRI Technologists produce high quality diagnostic images using a powerful magnetic field. MRI Technologists may at their discretion (and in the accordance with clinical and workplace guidelines) extend the examination to include relevant regions and/or sequences not suggested in the referral or protocol.

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Nuclear medicine technologists are involved in the preparation, administration, imaging and quantification of diagnostic pharmaceuticals to demonstrate organ and molecular function as well as the delivery of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals to treat a number of pathologies.

Radiation Therapist

Radiation Therapists are responsible for the planning and delivery of radiation treatment, primarily for people diagnosed with cancer. Radiation Therapists create and evaluate images for the localisation, planning and delivery of radiation treatment according to the prescription of the Radiation Oncologist.

Sonographer

Sonographers perform a wide range of real-time diagnostic examinations and may at their discretion (and in accordance with clinical and workplace guidelines) extend the examination to include relevant regions and/or sequences not suggested in the referral.

Trainee Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Trainee Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist and Trainee Sonographer

Suitably qualified applicants can apply for registration as a Trainee Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Trainee Sonographer or Trainee MRI Technologist when enrolled in a Board-approved training programme in nuclear medicine, ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging.  Upon completion of the appropriate training programme, and meeting the requirements for demonstrating clinical competence, the trainee is eligible to apply for registration in the relevant scope of practice.