About Us

Establishing a sustainable workforce through greater access to collaborative research and education facilities

WHAT WE DO

ABOUT RADIATION ONCOLOGY WORKFORCE WA

Curtin University and Western Australia’s two radiation oncology providers, Genesis Cancer Care and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, have been awarded funding from the Better Access to Radiation Oncology program of the Commonwealth’s Department of Health and Ageing to conduct a two year project on workforce sustainability in Western Australia (WA). This team is led by Dr Georgia Halkett and Associate Professor Jan McKay at Curtin University. The project management team includes Michael Davis, Rachel Kearvell, David Cutt, Martin Ebert, Michele Krawiec and Sharon Maresse.

Key issues influencing trends within the radiation therapy workforce include recruitment and retention.

This project will develop and implement strategies to:

  • Develop a local Graduate Entry Master of Radiation Therapy Science course at Curtin University with an intended start in 2014,
  • Promote WA as an attractive employment option for interstate and international professionals and
  • Attract and retain high quality staff.
  • Provide research, academic and mentorship support to encourage professionals to continually develop their skills and to be proactively engaged in the changes and advances being made in radiation therapy.
  • Develop a strong collaboration between radiation oncology centres in WA to ensure broad based opportunities for enhancing and advancing careers.
  • Develop a long term framework for sustaining the radiation oncology workforce in WA.

We are investigating current workforce patterns and opportunities, career pathways and facilities that are likely to attract radiation oncology professionals to WA. We are also keen to identify how employment opportunities for internationally trained radiation therapists can be increased.

HOW WE ARE PROGRESSING

WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR

Two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Coordinators have been employed. Their roles are to facilitate collaboration between the private and public radiation oncology departments and implement a CPD training program for radiation oncology professionals in Western Australia. In addition, a total of $105,000 in seed funding has been provided for 6 research projects being conducted in the clinical setting in Western Australia.

THE NEXT STEPS

We are also investigating current workforce patterns and opportunities, career pathways and facilities that are likely to attract radiation oncology professionals to WA with the aim of identifying how employment opportunities for internationally trained radiation therapists can be enhanced. In order to have an understanding of the workforce issues in WA and Australia wide we will be conducting an online survey. Your support in completing this survey would be much appreciated, and would help us to develop a picture of current workforce issues, suitable for sharing, that is based in strong evidence from a broad range of radiation oncology colleagues. Please see workforce tab for information about this arm of the project and to access the survey.