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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 effects of radiation. ARPANSA undertakes research, provides services, and promotes national uniformity and the implementation of international best practice across all jurisdictions. The Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service is based within the ARPANSA Yallambie campus.
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 SABR 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
The primary purpose of the role is to perform dosimetry audits for ACDS at radiotherapy facilities across the country. The clinical auditor will also liase with radiotherapy centres to promote the service and improve and tailor them to clinical requirements.
- perform complex dosimetry measurements for the ACDS in radiotherapy clinics. Measurements will include treatment dose assessment using phantoms, beam characterisation and linac output
- perform detailed testing measurements of dosimeters and phantoms to support development of the audit program
- liaise with radiotherapy facilities and promote the service. Collaborate with radiotherapy centres to improve the audit services and tailor them to clinical requirements.
Job specific capabilities
To be considered for this position you will have experience as a physicist or radiation therapist. You will have an understanding of the processes and techniques involved in dose assessment and quality systems in radiotherapy and, ideally, clinical experience, particularly in areas of emerging technologies being implemented in Australian radiotherapy treatment centres such as IMRT, VMAT, IGRT and SABR.
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 should hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate as required. ARPANSA requires all new employees to undertake a baseline security clearance as a condition of engagement.
The Clinical Auditor position is offered at the APS 6 level, however less experienced candidates may be considered at the APS 5 level.
There are six 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.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of radiation physics, radiotherapy procedures and radiation dosimetry
- Demonstrated working knowledge of existing and emerging radiotherapy technologies
- Research skills with a demonstrated record of working independently
- Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with the radiation oncology related professions
- Demonstrated capacity to produce reports which are clear, concise and readily understood by the intended audience
- Demonstrated experience in quality assurance procedures.
Position Information: Jessica Lye (03) 9433 2316