Employment Choices

Radiation and oncology research and employment opportunities to make Western Australia a more attractive place to work

IMPROVING CAREER PATHWAYS

BACKGROUND

A major proportion of radiation oncology professionals in Western Australia are from another state or country. Internationally trained radiation oncology professionals help reduce the workforce shortage in WA by moving to WA to undertake positions. While experienced staff with international qualifications are actively sought for recruitment by WA service providers, international qualifications do not always meet Australian accreditation standards; where further experience or training is required, it may not be available in the individual’s current location.

If common gaps in international programs could be addressed by further training or experience available in WA then employment opportunities for internationally trained radiation oncology professionals could be improved. Further, an individual’s decision to move to WA for work involves both personal and career related reasons. This subprogram also aims to investigate whether the planned improvements in the career pathway, through the development of research and employment opportunities, would make radiation oncology in WA a more attractive place to work for internationally trained radiation oncology professionals and which other factors could help maintain the WA workforce.

A RESEARCH INFORMED WORKFORCE

RESEARCH AIMS

  1. To investigate which factors would make working in WA an attractive option for interstate and international radiation oncology professionals;
  2. To identify common gaps in international radiation therapy and medical physics education programs to determine what training could be provided to enable more overseas trained professionals to practice in Australia. For example, bridging education which accesses components of Curtin University’s proposed Graduate Entry Master of Radiation Therapy Science course and clinical placements offered at both WA service providers, Genesis Cancer Care and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.