Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice

The Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (National Board) has released revised Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice (the professional capabilities).

The revised professional capabilities recognise the various roles that a practitioner undertakes in practice including the professional role, the partner in care, the communicator and collaborator, the educator, and the medical radiation safety expert.

The new professional capabilities build upon the previous version (2013) and:

  • strengthen the requirements for recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient
  • clarifies obligations for practitioners to alert other health practitioners involved in the care of a patient when urgent or unexpected findings are identified
  • introduces new minimum capabilities for ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • improves capabilities for using scheduled medicine, and
  • make cultural safety a key component of safe healthcare particularly with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

The revised professional capabilities come into effect from 1 March 2020. The Board asks that practitioners:

  • read through the new Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice
  • identify any areas where you may not meet the minimum requirements, and
  • establish and implement a plan for continuing professional development (CPD) that addresses those gaps.

The has published additional resources (below) to support practitioners and stakeholders to understand the revised professional capabilities.

Document PDF/Word Date of effect
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice (2020) PDF (192 KB), Word version (409KB, DOCX) 1 March 2020
Policy: Communicating for safety – if urgent or unexpected findings are seen PDF (188KB), Word version (341KB, DOCX) 1 March 2020
Frequently asked questions Web page (125 KB) 1 March 2020 
Fact sheet for education providers PDF (125 KB), Word version (279KB, DOCX) 1 March 2020
Fact sheet for clinical supervisors

PDF (131 KB), Word version (280KB, DOCX)

1 March 2020

The current Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice (below) remain in place till the revised professional capabilities come into effect.

 
 
Page reviewed 8/11/2019