Workforce Survey

Participate in research to help establish a sustainable radiation oncology workforce in Western Australia

THE SURVEY

ABOUT THE STUDY

The purpose of this project was to establish a sustainable radiation oncology workforce in Western Australia through greater access to collaborative research and education facilities. Although the study’s prime focus was the WA radiation oncology workforce, a number of workforce factors affect radiation therapists and radiation oncology medical physicists nationwide. So from 30th September 2013 to the 2nd May 2014, all radiation therapists and radiation oncology medical physicists who were currently or had previously worked in Australia were invited to participate in a workforce survey. The survey aimed to determine:

- Current workforce patterns of radiation oncology professionals,
- Attitudes about working in these professions,
- Reasons why individuals leave the profession,
-  Investigate workforce issues particular to ROMP and RT professionals.

Radiation therapists and radiation oncology medical physicists were invited to opt into follow up interviews at the end of the survey to further explore their perceptions of the role of a RT or ROMP working in Australia, and the factors influencing their decision to remain in or leave the workforce.

OUTCOMES

Two competitions were held in conjunction with the survey and all prizes were distributed in accordance the competitions’ terms and conditions.

Survey responses were received from 342 RTs, of which 322 (94%) were currently practising, and 112 ROMPs, of which 103 (92%) were currently practising.

Interviews were conducted with 28 RTs and 25 ROMPs.

Thank you to all the participants for your contribution.

PUBLICATIONS

Preliminary interview and survey findings were presented at the 2013 Engineering and Physical Sciences in Medicine Conference (3rd – 7th November 2013, Perth, WA): G Halkett and J McKay. Determining Current Workforce Patterns in Radiation Oncology in WA.

Survey findings were presented at the 2014 Combined Scientific Meeting (4th – 7th September 2014, Melbourne, VIC): G Halkett, M Ebert, J McKay, M Berg, R Kearvell and M Davis. Determining current workforce patterns in radiation oncology. Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences (2014) 61, 111.

Final outcomes of the completed project will be presented at the 2015 NZIMRT-AIR Scientific Meeting (24th – 26th July 2015, Wellington, New Zealand): G Halkett, J McKay, R Kearvell, M Davis, D Cutt, M Krawiec, S Maresse, M House, P Rampant, M Berg, and M Ebert. Establishing a sustainable workforce through greater access to collaborative research and education facilities.

Several manuscripts are currently being drafted and publication details will be provided here when available.

CONTACTS

Georgia Halkett

Principal Investigator

P: 08 9266 1762
M: 041 8838 914
g.halkett@curtin.edu.au

Michelle Rogers

Research Assistant

P: 08 9266 9866
michelle.rogers@curtin.edu.au

Melissa Berg

Research Assistant

P: 08 9266 9815
m.berg@curtin.edu.au

Laura Emery

Research Assistant

P: 08 9266 1760
laura.emery@curtin.edu.au