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 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.
5 years full-time
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RANZCR.
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.