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Audit Support Officer

Position number: 
Audit Support Officer – 6 month maternity leave cover
Yallambie, VIC
Medical Radiation Services Branch
Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service
Closing Date: 
Monday 2 September 2019
Salary Package: 
$77,032–$80,879 + 15.4% employer super

ARPANSA values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment. We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Should you require special assistance through any stage of the selection process, please contact the People and Culture team.

Agency overview

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is a statutory agency within the Department of Health portfolio and is the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. ARPANSA regulates Commonwealth entities using radiation with the objective of protecting people and the environment from the harmful effect of radiation. ARPANSA undertakes research, provides services, and promotes national uniformity and the implementation of international best practice across all jurisdictions. The ACDS is based within the ARPANSA Yallambie campus.

Section overview

The Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service (ACDS) was launched in 2010 and today delivers a world-class radiotherapy dosimetry audit program across Australia. The audit program improves patient safety by assessing the dose delivered in a range of clinical practices including IMRT, VMAT and small field deliveries. The service includes remote and on-site measurements of the radiation delivered. The ACDS operates as a not-for-profit business with private and public customers across Australia.

Primary purpose of the role

ARPANSA is seeking an enthusiastic individual to work as part of a small team of scientists and technical staff within its Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service (ACDS) to undertake the role of Audit Support Officer for a 6 month maternity leave position. The ACDS is a government initiative to design and deliver a comprehensive dosimetry auditing program for radiotherapy across Australia. 

In this role you will learn the auditing procedures employed by the ACDS and be involved with Level I remote Optically Stimulated Luminescent Dosimetry (OSLD) service. You will also be involved in dosimetry measurements on ARPANSA’s linear accelerators, equipment calibration and maintenance, and film dosimetry. 

Key accountabilities

  • Conduct remote OSLD audits within the national radiotherapy audit program
  • Perform complex dosimetry measurements for the ACDS. Measurements will include treatment dose assessment using phantoms, beam characterisation and linac output
  • Perform extensive and comprehensive testing measurements of dosimeters, associated equipment and audit protocols
  • Collect audit outcomes and develop an understanding for the clinical relevance and any actions arising from the audit outcome
  • Liaise with clients, schedule calibrations, analyse data and prepare measurement reports

Job specific capabilities

To be considered for this position you will have experience as a physicist or radiation therapist in a field involving ionising radiation. You will have an understanding of the processes and techniques involved in dose assessment and quality systems in radiotherapy. Being familiar with Australian radiotherapy treatment practice is desirable.
You should be familiar with the fundamentals of radiation physics and dosimetry particularly as applied to clinical radiotherapy. An awareness of quality assurance activities in a therapy centre is an advantage. Experimental and analytical skills are desirable and good writing and communication skills are necessary.

You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship. This position is a designated security assessment position which will require you to successfully undertake and maintain a security clearance. ARPANSA requires all employees to undertake a Baseline Security Clearance as a condition of engagement. 

Selection criteria

There are five selection criteria for this role. Candidates are asked to address each of these in writing, limiting their response to no more than 400 words per selection criteria.

  1. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in radiation physics, radiotherapy technologies and radiation dosimetry
  2. Demonstrated ability to work in a team and ability to engage with multidisciplinary professionals
  3. Research skills with a demonstrated record of working independently
  4. Demonstrated capacity to produce reports which are clear, concise and readily understood by the intended audience
  5. Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining quality assurance procedures.

Selection documentation: 

PDF icon PN 13547 - Audit Support Officer (APS 5) - August 2019
File PN 13547 - Audit Support Officer (APS 5) - August 2019

Position information: 
Maddison Shaw via phone (03) 9433 2420.