This year was again a busy one, and while we were
getting on with the business of regulation it was
entwined with the continuing impact of the COVID-19
pandemic. The Medical Radiation Practice Board of
Australia conducted its business through video link.
In March, the Board approved
updates to accreditation
standards relating to the National
Scheme’s definition of cultural
safety, and information relevant
to the quality use of medicines.
The Board also requested the
Accreditation Committee consult
on accreditation fees for the
purpose of ensuring the costs of accreditation are
distributed evenly. The Board approved a revised fee
schedule at its May meeting.
The Accreditation Committee annually monitors 25
accredited programs in medical radiation practice from
11 education providers across Australia.
To counter some of the impact of COVID-19, the
Board established a financial hardship policy. This
policy was established to enable those who wished
to be registered to practise but may have been
disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
or otherwise have difficulty in paying registration fees.
The Board modified supervised practice arrangements
to allow more flexible arrangements in response to the
pandemic. These changes have been retained and allow
supervised practitioners to move through the program
more quickly while still ensuring that supervised
practitioners meet the standards of practice necessary
for general registration.
The Board developed a video on the Professional
capabilities for medical radiation practice requirements
around cultural competency and cultural safety.
In April 2020, a pandemic response sub-register for
diagnostic radiographers was established to support
Australia’s health workforce for a period of 12 months.
In April 2021, the Board agreed that the sub-register for
diagnostic radiographers had fulfilled its purpose and
was no longer required. Over 60 practitioners returned
to the main register following the closing of the
Like so many organisations, the way we engaged with
stakeholders changed throughout 2020 and 2021 due to
limits on movement and in-person meetings. A positive
impact of this change is a greater willingness by the
Board and its stakeholders to engage through video
conferencing, which has significant benefits for time,
travel and costs.
The Board met with Medical Radiations Australia, the
Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation
Therapy, the Australian and
New Zealand Society of
Nuclear Medicine, Australian
and others to discuss issues
in medical radiation practice,
particularly the impact of
COVID-19 on practice and
The ease of video conferencing enabled more regular
engagement with some stakeholders. For programs
like Teaching on the Run supervisor training, the
move to online learning has been both challenging
and rewarding for learners and facilitators. The Board
thanks the current facilitators for the time and their
commitment to helping deliver the program.
Mr Mark Marcenko