05 Nov 2021
The Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the Board) is recognising the efforts of practitioners in providing ongoing safe care during COVID-19 as part of this year’s World Radiography Day.
World Radiography Day is celebrated on 8 November each year, marking the anniversary of the discovery of x-radiation by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. This year, the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) is focusing on the role of a radiographer in a pandemic.
Australia’s 17,844 registered medical radiation practitioners provide vital health services to patients across Australia every day. In the past 12 to 18 months, the challenges of a global pandemic have required the profession to be flexible and adaptable.
The Board is celebrating all that the medical radiation practice profession does to make a difference to the lives of patients and their families. It is also reminding practitioners about how important their regulatory obligations are as part of providing safe care to their patients.
Board Chair Mark Marcenko said when the revised Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice (the professional capabilities) came into effect in March 2020, no one could foresee the impact of COVID-19 on medical radiation practitioners and their patients.
‘The professional capabilities recognise the profession’s contribution to modern healthcare and help to ensure the workforce is ready for and adaptable to technological change while continuing to deliver safe contemporary practice,’ Mr Marcenko said.
‘Medical radiation practitioners have shown a remarkable adaptability and flexibility to provide safe and professional care during COVID-19. We thank practitioners for their ongoing commitment to safe care and meeting the professional capabilities – as professionals, as partners in care, as communicators and collaborators, as educators and as radiation safety experts.’
To read more about the professional capabilities and to watch the supporting videos go to the Professional capabilities webpage.