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Radiation therapist

Role and key duties

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

Duties may include: following the prescriptions of radiation oncologists to work out a treatment plan that delivers the precise radiation dosage to the diseased area while minimising the dose to unaffected tissues; using simulators and/or CT scanners to identify the areas to be treated and those to be avoided; calculating the precise radiation dose sought and starting the process of distributing the dose on a planning computer system, and recording details of procedures to be utilised; giving detailed treatment plans to radiation oncologists for approval; explaining procedures to patients; positioning and stabilising patients in preparation for treatment delivery; monitoring the patient carefully during the treatment; and operating the treatment machines, associated equipment and computer verification systems to deliver the planned treatment accurately.

Minimum qualification required

Completion of a Degree in Applied Science with a major in Medical Radiations, specialising in Radiation Therapy.

Recommended qualification

Degree in Applied Science with a major in Medical Radiations, specialising in Radiation Therapy.



Job Family

Health and allied health
Allied health is about the prevention, treatment and management of illness and ensuring the wellbeing of Victorians, young and old. Allied health professionals can work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be hospital or community based.


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