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RANZCR General X-Ray and Fluoroscopy guidelines activity
Posted 23rd March 2010
The Institute is seeking expressions of interest from diagnostic radiographer members with more than five years of practice experience who have an interest in representing the AIR on the College's General X-Ray and Fluoroscopy Image Review Guideline activity.  Mr Peter Slattery has previously held the role and has asked to stand down.
If you are interested in responding to this call of interest please email your CV to the Executive Officer; execoff@air.asn.au or write to

David Collier,
Australian Institute of Radiography;
P.O Box 1169;
Collingwood; Victoria 3066
Australia.
Applications are invited for position of Professional Standards Manager for the Australian Institute of Radiography.
Posted 23rd March 2010

Position Description

  • The position, reports to the Executive Officer, and is accountable for the following responsibilities:
  • Liaise with members, specialist panels/boards and the Board in relation  to scientific and technical matters;
  • Liaise with PAEB/PAECs on matters related to Statements of Accreditation, CBA and RPP arrangements and materials;
  • Develop discussion papers for the Board's consideration in the specified area of expertise;
  • Liaise with specialist groups on matters of standards of practice and competency;
  • Co-ordinate AIR symposia (research and other);
  • Maintain oversight of the professional components of Spectrum and CPD;
  • Contribute to submissions and tenders;
  • Administer other committee requirements as delegated from time to time.
Essential Qualifications

Medical Imaging or Radiation Therapy Practitioner with a minimum of 5 years experience, with sound knowledge of the health industry in Australia.
Experience in policy development in a clinical or educational environment.

Desirable Qualifications

Post graduate qualifications in management or education.
Exposure to the Institute's activities and its workings.
Thorough knowledge of IT systems and their application.

This full time, though part-time will be considered, as a senior member of the administration team, is located at the AIR's secretariat building in Collingwood and offers the right candidate an opportunity to contribute to the development of the Medical Radiation Professions in Australia.

An attractive commencing package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Applications close on Friday 23rd April 2010 and should be addressed to:
Late applications will be considered until 30th April 2010

Mr David Collier - Executive Officer - Confidential Application
Australian Institute of Radiography
P.O. Box 1169
Collingwood, Vic 3066
Or by e-mail (word documents only please) to David.Collier@air.asn.au
 

 

Statement issued by AIR President
Posted 15th March 2010
The Australian Institute of Radiography (AIR), the peak national body representing Radiographers, Radiation Therapists and Sonographers in Australia, has noted the comments released by the Public Affairs Manager of Mackay Health Service District which indicate that the Mackay Base Hospital will support students studying the new degree in Imaging Sciences to be offered through Central Queensland University.

For more information, please click here
Expression of Interest -Volunteer Radiation Therapist Trainer
Posted 2nd March 2010

Lae Cancer Unit,
Angau Memorial Hospital
Papua New Guinea
 

An initiative of the ACPSEM Asia-Pacific Special Interest Group funded
by the VIDA Volunteer Program of AUSAID

Expressions of interest are invited from qualified/experienced Radiation Therapist Trainer who would like to challenge their skills in a unique and beautiful part of the world.

The Lae Cancer Unit began treating patients using a newly installed Theratronics Phoenix Cobalt-60 teletherapy unit earlier this year. The Unit also has a new Huestis Medical Simulator and Theraplan Plus treatment planning system. Plans are also in place to have a low dose rate brachytherapy service available for patients very soon.

There is a significant need for a Radiation Therapist to support the further development of the radiotherapy unit for the future and provide training to treatment and technical staff for its ongoing operation. The intention of this expression of interest is to find a suitable volunteer and then apply for funding through the Volunteering for International Development from Australia program (www.vidavolunteers.com.au).
The length of the assignment can be for a minimum of 3 months up to a maximum 12 months depending on the volunteer's availability.
Funding for living expenses, transport and other associated expenses are included and there is provision for partners and children to accompany the volunteer on assignment as well.

Lae is situated on the north coast of Papua New Guinea in Morobe Province which curves its way around the tropical blue waters of the Huon Gulf taking in the mountainous Huon Peninsula and the superb Markham Valley.

Role of Volunteer:

Build capacity of locally employed staff to be able to simulate, plan and treat patients using established treatment techniques and, in the future, for locally trained staff to provide training to new staff.

Develop treatment protocols and quality assurance checks for specific treatment sites
Supervise simulation and treatment and provide guidance to improve treatment accuracy and reproducibility

Develop the staff's knowledge of the computerized treatment planning system to enable treatment plan interpretation, dose distribution optimization, and identify clinical and physical constraints of treatment techniques

Provide tutorials to treatment staff to further improve their knowledge and skills of treatment methods, clinical understanding and expected outcomes as a result of the treatments they are delivering.


Volunteer Qualifications:

Essential:

- Eligible for a Validated Statement of Accreditation from the AIR
- A minimum of 5 years experience in Radiation Therapy treatment and planning
- Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary environment
- Australian citizen or permanent resident

Desirable:

- Demonstrated experience in protocol and treatment technique development
- Demonstrated experience in radiation therapy education

If you feel you meet these criteria and are interested in a rewarding and fulfilling professional experience, please contact:

Christopher Walsh
Radiation Therapist
Queensland Health
Mobile 0450134113
Home: (07) 38558765
Work (07) 36368482
Email: christopher_walsh@health.qld.gov.au

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