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.

Since much of my family were touched by cancer, I had an interest in treating patients with malignancies very early in my career. Whilst commencing becoming a specialist in Clinical Oncology, I soon realised that Radiation Oncology combined clinical skills with computer-based technology and amazing research potential.


Over the past 30 years I have enjoyed the thrill of curing and palliating many cancer patients as well as making a significant contribution towards medical science.

Professor Bryan Burmeister
Radiation Oncologist

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

Average Age

% Aged 60+

36% of 2018 workforce intend to retire by 2028

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Location - QLD

Major cities

Public/Private QLD


Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

2020 QLD Training Program Selections (First Year)

Eligible Applications Received
Applicants Selected

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2020 to the total number of eligible applications*

The data was sourced from the relevant medical specialist college, or from selection committees coordinated by a Queensland Health pathway/network, or an individual facility.


This data reflects a point in time figure for the selection of applicants commencing the first year of an accredited training program in the 2020 clinical year.

The collection of the selection data occurred prior to the declaration of a public health emergency in Queensland due to the COVID-19 pandemic (29 January 2020).

* eligible applications are determined by selection committees according to the eligibility criteria and required documentation prescribed by the relevant medical specialist college.

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2020 to the total number of eligible applications.

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PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


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.


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


Minimum 50% of full-time commitment.

Interrupted training


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