Interim Accreditation Standards for Monitoring Approved Programs of Study
The Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the Board) established an Accreditation Committee to undertake and exercise a number of accreditation functions under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the National Law), as in force in each State and Territory.
The role of the Accreditation Committee is to develop and recommend accreditation standards to the Board for approval and assess whether programs of study and education providers are meeting accreditation standards. Accreditation standards help to ensure that education providers give students the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to competently practice in the profession.
The Accreditation Committee is also responsible for monitoring approved programs of study and education providers to ensure that the approved program continues to meet approved accreditation standards.
Prior to 30 June 2012 professional associations undertook the accreditation of diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine programs of study and the state or territory based Boards based their approval of programs on those accreditation assessments. On 1 July 2012 programs of study that previously provided a qualification for registration transitioned to the national scheme as approved programs of study as if they had been approved by the National Board under the National Law (see section 283 of the National Law).
When the Board approves the accreditation standards developed by the Accreditation Committee all approved programs of study and education providers will be assessed against the new accreditation standards. In the interim, the Board has approved the accreditation standards of the Australian Institute of Radiography (AIR) and the Australian and New Zealand Society for Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) for use in monitoring current approved programs of study. These interim standards will used for monitoring purposes until programs of study are assessed against new accreditation standards approved by the Board.
Interim accreditation standards for monitoring
Preamble to the interim accreditation standard for medical radiation practice (131 KB,PDF), Word version (170 KB,DOCX)
Diagnostic radiography and radiation therapy programs of study
Extract of Australian Institute of Radiography Accreditation Board guidelines (390 KB,PDF), Word version (21.0 KB,DOCX)
Nuclear medicine programs of study
Extract of ANZSNM Accreditation Board guidelines (969 KB,PDF), Word version (22.5 KB,DOCX)
While the Accreditation Committee develops accreditation standards for the profession the following transitional arrangements have been made to ensure that students, overseas qualified practitioners and education providers are provided for.
The transitional arrangements are:
- that students enrolled in approved courses of study will continue to be eligible for general registration when they have successfully completed their course
- the assessment of overseas qualified practitioners seeking registration in Australia will continue to be assessed by the Board's Overseas Qualification Assessment Committee, and
- that qualifications and programs of study that automatically transitioned into the National Scheme on one July 2012 will continue to be recognised.
Approved programs of study
Equivalent programs of study
Please note that there have been changes made to the Equivalent Programs of Study list since the original version.