Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncologists safely apply radiation therapy to a wide range of cancers, either as an isolated treatment or in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy or other treatments.

Clinical Practice

Radiation oncologists are ultimately responsible for assessing individual patients, and are required to consult with other doctors involved with cancer treatment to determine a best management plan, oversee treatment and assess a patient’s progress. Radiation oncologists meet regularly with patients and their carers to discuss what is involved before, during and after treatment.

Statistics and information - Radiation Oncology

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours
QLD

Average Age
QLD

% Aged 60+
QLD

30% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities

Public/Private QLD

Private
Public

Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Length of Training

5 years full-time

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RANZCR.

Training program overview

Radiation oncology training is structured in two major phases encompassing an initial 'foundation' period where a trainee acquires background knowledge of the oncology sciences and familiarity with the training centre, with exposure to facets of radiation treatment planning, delivery and oncology anatomy, followed by the second phase of training where trainees must meet the Statistical Methods, Evidence Appraisal and (Trainee) Research (SMART) requirements. Phase 2 training will incorporate management and technical issues across the spectrum of tumour sites and special radiation therapy techniques and cancer procedures, as well as some general clinical oncology scenarios, incorporating practical exposure to brachytherapy, paediatrics, total body irradiation, stereotactic radiation therapy and surgical oncology procedures. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR) to practice as a Radiation Oncologist, with opportunities to sub-specialise in organ streams such as head and neck, lung and breast cancer or into different techniques such as stereotactice body radiotherapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy.

Eligibility

Applicants must hold registration as a medical practitioner and have completed at least 2 years in an approved hospital as an intern or resident.

Flexibility

Minimum 50% of full-time commitment.

Interrupted training

Allowed.